Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Northern Colorado
My advice is to go to the spin classes, if you can make it. Riding on a stationary bike is SO, SO, SO boring to me. I hate it. At first I found the spin classes intimidating and...silly, but I see and get to know the same group of people at least a few times every week, and all of those things that they make you do together as a group during the classes makes the activity a lot less monotonous.
First off, it does not have to be as hard a workout as many people think. You are the one that controls how much pressure is on the pedals, how fast you go, etc. Nearly everyone that I know that is a regular to winter spin classes does not do EVERYTHING that they tell you to do. Some people have bad knees or backs, others can't go that hard for 10+ minutes at a shot, some people like me have no rhythm, etc. You do what you can. You are just there to get a good workout, and not be bored to tears.
The second largest reason that people won't try it, is because of the dork factor. There is just no way in hell that you can remain "manly" and "cool" during spin class. Just about everyone on earth looks dorky in bike shorts to me, so I just don't see the big deal in worrying about it. Also, everyone else in there is working too damn hard to pay attention to even bother looking at anybody else.
The last thing that I will say, is that you WILL work out a lot harder with the group than you do alone. Most spin classes are really interval training, and it WILL kick your butt. I work out a lot harder in spin class, than I do on a stationary bike and alone. I just DON'T consistently ride hard enough while being bored out of my mind and riding alone on an indoor trainer.
I say, take the classes.