By Walt Johnson | Mountaineer staff
FORT CARSON, Colo. — Ivy Fitness Center is resuming their spinning classes. Classes are Saturday mornings at 9 a.m. The classes are coming back just in time to get people ready for the facility’s “Cinco de Mayo” spinning class that will be held May 7, 2022, from 9-10:30 a.m. This will be a regular Saturday morning class so there will be no need to sign up and the class is free.
The center reintroduced the spinning classes just over three weeks ago, taught by Lorrie “The Crusher” Thorson. Spinning classes have always been one of the more popular classes held at the facility but had to be discontinued while the nation fought the pandemic. During the class, people ride a special type of stationary exercise bike with a weighted flywheel. The classes are designed to help people get cardio and full body exercise in a fun, music-filled environment.
Spinning classes have proven to have many healthy effects on the body such as: Improving cardiovascular endurance and strengthening the heart and lungs, a full-body workout that incorporates arm and core exercises and it is easy on the joints in the body.
Thorson plays a variety of music during the hourlong class that motivates and encourages the people attending the class to push themselves to get the maximum effect from the class. She was quick to point out however that spinning classes are designed to work with people at any level of fitness and she is careful to make sure people are participating at a level that is comfortable and safe for their physical fitness needs.
A.J. Sullivan was one of the people taking part in the class Saturday, and she didn’t have to make an adjustment to getting back into spinning classes because she does spin as part of her physical fitness training routine. This was a new experience for her however since she had not taken part in a Saturday spinning class before.
“I did not know that we had a weekend spinning class. I have been doing spinning … Wednesday for the past three years,” said Sullivan. “I think this is awesome because I also do a lot of running, and I like to break it up a little bit by doing spinning classes. Since they have the classes on Saturday again, this will be my spinning day and Sunday will be my running day.”
Guadalupe Morelos also took part in the class Saturday, and she said the benefits that she gets from the classes are what excites her about spinning. She said she didn’t feel she would have a hard time getting back into the swing of spinning because she has been active while the spin classes were not held, but she looks forward to being in the classes again.
“I like the spinning classes and the exhausted feeling I get from the good workouts. I have been doing things like hiking and the incline and running. Coming to spin classes is very motivating for me also, and I am happy to see them back,” Morelos said.
Thorson said one of the biggest challenges for her while teaching the class is making sure everyone is participating at their own fitness level. She said she does that by monitoring class members to make sure they are at a level that will give them benefits from the workout and not do harm to their bodies.
“I always emphasize to people to listen to their body and make sure they are not pushing themselves beyond the fitness stage they are at. We are here to have fun and get a great workout, but we are all at different fitness levels. So, I want to encourage people to do the class at their comfort level and that way everyone gets the maximum from the classes,” Thorson said.