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Spinning Etiquette: Part Deux

Apparently, all the people in my “other” gym spinning class this morning did not read my last post about Spinning Etiquette, so I think warrants a little link to the last post, and a continuation of the same.

Now, I wasn’t in the greatest place this morning.  My hip hurts, I didn’t sleep well, and I pretty much decided that I hated every person in the 50 person class today.  So that’s not very nice of me, to begin with…and not very “go team triathlon” of me either.  So I do apologize beforehand.

I give you, Spinning Etiquette: Part Deux.

8.  Leave Your Cooties at Home.   I was on a bike next to a man today who was hocking loogies every minute or so.  I’m not kidding. Did he have to sit on the front row?  Go to the back, cootie pants! I tolerated it for fifteen minutes, until I thought I was going to toss my cookies from hearing/seeing the action (oh wait, I don’t eat cookies now)…toss my banana.  I got up in the middle of class, muttered, you are disgusting, and moved back two rows.

9. Leave Your Mildewed Clothes at Home.  Seriously, do you ever wash your workout gear?  Wash your sh*t or stay home.  This is another version of “you smell like ass feet,” only this time it’s your clothes that smell like ass feet. Clean them.  We are not in the desert.  If you can afford Lifetime Fitness, you can afford running water and soap.

10. Gloves.  Really?  It’s an hour long class people.  Do you really need cycling gloves?  Especially if you are a dude.  Suck it up.

11. Don’t Yell Out Inspirational Quotes.  If I hear “Pain is Temporary!” shouted from the spinning peanut gallery one more time, I’m going to yell back “Not what I’m about to do to you!”  Yes, the spin instructor should shout awesome, inspiring things. I like that – it’s why we wake up at 5:00 to trudge to the class.  If the instructor pumps you up with a bit of “It’s a beautiful day to be on a bike,” then I would say, yes, it’s appropriate to shout “yeah” or “wooo hooo” back.  BUT keep in mind, you are not the teacher. Please keep your Oprah to yourself.


  • CautiouslyAudacious

    August 31, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    Ahhhaahaaa!! Gloves really! How about when the instructor has a very high shrill voice and she loves to hear herself talk (eyes rolling) 🙂

  • karen @working it out...

    August 31, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Oh dear Lord, that loogie thing is disgusting. Good for you for calling her out on it and getting up. (but on the down side, you should not ahve had to do that…). I don't know what it is about that early AM spin class at Lifetime, I just don't mesh well with the instructor's teaching style. I want to like him and his class, I really do…

  • Swim Bike Mom

    August 31, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    Karen… I hear you. I TRY and TRY that class also… but I always leave there angry. I mean ANGRY. Which is ridiculous… I think I am just going to get spinning certified and show these people who's boss. LOL. If I don't fall off my own bike…

  • Swim Bike Mom

    August 31, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Metal? What kind of grips are on the bikes at your gym? You should complain! 🙂 I would wear gloves too, if I had metal with no grips to contend with. And yes, I am cranky. But you were warned. 🙂

  • Anonymous

    August 31, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    You did warn us…actually we just got a few new bikes that are amazing to ride–really smooth! I have to get to class very early to get one. For some reason the inside bars (for when you sprint) do not have grips. And when you get used to wearing gloves in class, it's hard to go back!
    Our spin class has only 15 people; if there were 50, I might get annoyed at some of them (or they would be annoyed with me!)


    August 31, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    hahaha! I love this! I can totally relate to being super cranky at spin or just at the gym in general. I am glad I am not the only one!


    August 31, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    bahaha I love that you think it's silly to wear cycling gloves to an hour long indoor spin class! I am glad I am not the only one who thinks that is ridiculous!

  • Savanna

    September 5, 2011 at 2:27 am

    I think this needs to be posted in ALL spin studios!!

    I was in class yesterday and this woman started barking, like a DOG, during the hills. We did hillwork for a good 20 minutes out of the 60 minute class (not all at once, but spread out between different drills), and I had to listen to this crazy woman barking the entire time. The worst part was that she wasn't even on beat with the music… Maybe if she would have been on beat I could have handled a little bit of it, but no. Someone finally screamed out "STOP IT"… Ten minutes before class was over.


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