The Standing Climb

I’ve been trying a lot of new fitness workouts lately so when my friend Justine (<- amazing massage therapist, check her out!) suggested we try out a cool spin studio she wanted to try – I was definitely up for it! I’ve heard so much about how great of a workout spinning is, but I had never been to a spin class so I didn’t really know what to expect going into it other than the fact that it was going to kick my butt.

Verdict? I loved it, it was a great workout!

First of all the studio is called Cadence Cycling Studio and it’s located on West 6th and Granville St. Mondays are actually my days off, but instead of sleeping in, I got up at 6:15am to get to the 7:15 class because, well I never say no to a morning workout! The best part was, the first class is complimentary, so how could you not give it a try?

When we got there, the girl at the front desk was super nice, and made us feel very welcome even though we were outsiders and have never been to a class before. (I’m sorry to say this but I’ve found people to be very clicky in Vancouver and are not overly friendly/inviting to new people… and I try a lot of different fitness places!) She explained everything to us from where things were in the studio, how the class was going to run, what the shoes were for and how they should fit.. and then even came over and set up our bikes for us before the instructor even arrived!

Class A customer service and very fitness-encouraging! This is the type of positive and encouraging environment every health and fitness business should deliver. It made me as ease almost immediately.

Once the class started I was smart to pace myself because it got really tough, really fast and I sweat my butt off. My favourite part about spinning is that you are working out as part of a big group, but you get to set your own intention for the class. You get to turn up and down your own resistance and you choose how hard you want to push yourself. It’s an amazing cardio and endurance workout and it was such a great way to start my week :) My favourite part was when we were alternating from the seated and standing climb positions and you really got to test yourself! I loved the standing climb because I could feel how powerful my legs were and how strong I felt. Before I knew it she was telling us we only had 15 minutes left… the 45 minutes seriously FLEW by.

First spin class = success, I can’t wait to go back!

The rest of my day was spent relaxing and prepping for the YWCA program, Welcome to my Life, I volunteer with. Remember last October when I mentioned I was going to start volunteering… well I liked it so much the first time I decided to keep volunteering. It helps grade 7 girls talk about their fears of making the transition to high school and covers topics like trust, honesty, choices, self-confidence, community service and many more. Think back to when you were 12 or 13 and how confusing and scary life was… tough huh? The fact that I can help teach and guide these girls about how to deal with drugs, alcohol, peer pressure, relationships and finding themselves is tremendously rewarding.

To be it’s a no brainer, I enjoy it and personally take a lot away from the time I spend with them. Going through that age now in our society must be terrifying. If I can offer any insight or guidance to any one of them in one way or another, I will feel as though my time has been used to it’s fullest advantage.

The best part? They are all so outgoing and fun! It makes the program so much better when the girls are comfortable to express their ideas and trust their friends and us enough to be themselves.

Do you volunteer your time? What do you do and what do you take away from it?

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