How I Feel about Stationary Bikes and Your Spin Class

OK, before I say anything else: riding any kind of bike is good exercise. Seriously. It’s good for you. You should just get on a bike and go. I mean it. Like, right now. Just stop reading and go. It’s better for you than running and it is more fun, too.

Alright. I got that out of the way. Now I will tell you my real opinion: I don’t like stationary bikes. Not using the word “hate” here is me showing restraint, just for the record. You need to know how much I can’t stand them. Why put in all that effort and not feel a fresh breeze? I absolutely do not get it. What is the appeal there? I don’t care how fancy and high tech the bike is or where you can virtually pretend you are. You look like a hamster on a wheel! Where are you going? Nowhere, man! Absolutely nowhere! Maybe you’re going nowhere really fast, but you are still in the same place, aren’t you? I guess unless the bike breaks or you fall off. And let’s face it, if you fall off a bike that is not moving, honestly you have no business being on an actual bike around other people and nature and stuff anyway.

I guess it is fine if you are in physical rehab for an injury. Actually, now that I am thinking about it, it is a really great idea for knee surgery or whatever. Oh, maybe if you have bad allergies or have that thing where you’re afraid of being outside. Then I totally apologize and biking in a spin class or just riding one that doesn’t go anywhere in your basement is totally fine. Good for you, as a matter of fact. I guess if it has been raining for days and all the trails are flooded or your real bike is busted, then it’s way better than just sitting on the couch.

OK, now about your spin class. Um, I love biking and that stuff is hard. People who go to spin class regularly sort of crush it and I admire that. But if you’re going to hurt your butt on those uncomfortable bike seat, why not actually get somewhere? Why do you want to be in a room with some instructor yelling at you over and over and making you sweat like a crazy person? Wouldn’t you rather be riding away from a person like that? Seriously?!? You can get just as great of a figure by actually riding a real bike where you actually go someplace and see things other than the butt of the person in front of you in class.

Now, I’m not knocking you if stationary bikes or spin classes are your jam. Do whatever makes you feel good. I just want you to know that doing the same physical activity where you are actually outside is way better. Just saying’.