By Walt Johnson | mountaineer staff
FORT CARSON, Colo. — Ivy Fitness Center resumes spinning classes. Classes take place on Saturday mornings at 9 a.m. Classes return just in time to prepare people for the facility’s “Cinco de Mayo” spinning class on May 7, 2022, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. It will be a regular fixture. Saturday morning classes so no need to register and the class is free.
The center reintroduced spinning classes just over three weeks ago, taught by Lorrie “The Crusher” Thorson. Spinning classes have always been one of the most popular classes held at the facility, but had to be put on hold as the nation battled the pandemic. During the class, people use a special type of stationary exercise bike with a weighted flywheel. Classes are designed to help people do cardio and full-body exercise in a fun, music-filled environment.
Spinning classes have been shown 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 is gentle on body joints.
Thorson plays a variety of music during the hour-long class that motivates and encourages those 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 of all fitness levels and she makes sure people participate at a comfortable and safe level for their physical needs.
AJ Sullivan was one of the people who took part in the class on Saturday, and she didn’t have to adjust to returning to spinning classes, as she does spinning as part of her physical training routine. It was, however, a new experience for her since she had never attended a Saturday spinning class before.
“I didn’t know we had a spinning class on the weekends. I’ve been spinning…Wednesday for three years,” Sullivan said. “I think it’s great because I also do a lot of running, and I like to break up a bit by doing spinning classes. Since they have classes again on Saturday, that will be my spinning day. and Sunday will be my race day.
Guadalupe Morelos also took part in the class on Saturday, and she said the benefits she gets from the classes are what excites her about spinning. She said she doesn’t think she’ll have trouble getting back into swinging because she’s been active while spinning classes weren’t taking place, but she’s looking forward to being in classes again .
“I love spinning classes and the feeling of exhaustion that good workouts give me. I’ve done things like hiking, inclines and running. Coming to spinning classes is also very motivating for me and I’m happy to see them again,” said Morelos.
Thorson said one of the biggest challenges for her while teaching the class is making sure everyone is participating at their own level of fitness. She said she does this by monitoring class members to make sure they are at a level that will give them benefits from the workout and not harm their bodies.
“I always urge people to listen to their bodies and make sure they don’t push themselves beyond the fitness stage they are at. We are here to have fun and exercise. , but we’re all at different fitness levels, so I want to encourage people to take the class at their comfort level and that way everyone gets the most out of the classes,” Thorson said.