Sparkle Bites: My First Spinning Class At Saddle Row (Part 1)

Actually, it was my first spinning class ever. I had no clue what to expect, but I was super excited to try it!

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I was invited by celeb makeup artist, Jigs Mayuga, to take a community class at Saddle Row before they officially open. And yay—Alyanna and Jigs’ boyfriend, George, were there, too!

All I can say is that the 45-minute class was a lot of fun! It’s challenging for those who don’t workout (like me!), but it’s something you definitely have to try.

This is like the lounge area and the lockers are right across it. The area is kinda tight, but cozy enough.

This is the cozy lounge area and the lockers are right across it. They also have a nice shower area, so you can freshen up after class.

After you register, they’ll ask for your shoe size and give you special cycling shoes to wear with clips at the bottom. I loved putting them on, because I felt like I was getting geared up for an adventure!

Cute, right? There are metal clips at the bottom and it kinda feels like you're walking on uneven ice skates.

Cute, right? There are metal clips at the bottom and it kinda feels like you’re walking on uneven ice skates.

Honestly though? I also felt a bit overwhelmed by the experience at first. I’m not super athletic and new situations always make me feel nervous. The venue can be a bit intimidating—especially if you’re surrounded by people who already know their way around. But the Saddle Row crew is very reassuring and they’re happy to guide you through the process, so don’t be shy to ask for help!

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Whoa, these aren’t your typical bikes! And btw, isn’t the underground vibe super cool?

When our instructor (hi Topper!) found out that it was my first time, he reassured me that I could do it, and more importantly, that I’d enjoy it. Some classes get competitive and they even post your speed on the wall for everyone to see, but Topper’s class was all about riding to the music and moving to the beat (loved that!).

The instructors help you "clip in" and sync you with your bike.

The instructors help you “clip in” and sync you with your bike. The red-orange remote control thingy (official term, haha) by the handlebars monitors your heart rate, speed, how many calories you’ve burned, and how long you’ve been pedaling.

Every one walked me through the class protocols super well, but there was a lot of info to take in. I really thought I was just going to sit on the bike and go.

Somebody's clueless! Haha! And I'm pedaling beside Senator Pia Cayetano, who's also a known triathlete. #nopressure

That’s me trying to understand what’s going on before I hop on—haha! And look, I’m pedaling beside Senator Pia Cayetano, who’s also a known triathlete. #nopressure

As soon as I was clipped in though, I started to relax and get excited. My body was really itching for a workout at this point!

But as soon as I was clipped in, I started to relax and get excited. My body was really itching for a workout at this point!

Ready to have some fun! The instructors actually infuse a few upper body and core exercises while you’re on the bike, so you get a more balanced workout.

I gotta say—I loved Topper’s energy and his playlist was really awesome (Justin Bieber, Pharell, Nick Jonas) and it kept me going when I wanted to give up. His class is very friendly for newbies and the non-athletic, so make sure you sign-up for it if you want to take it easy first.

I survived! There were times when I wanted to give up, but I'm so happy I finished a whole class!

I survived! There were times when I wanted to give up, but I’m so happy I finished a whole class!

Aside from the music, two things kept me going: First reason–Alyanna told me not to stop pedaling no matter what. I didn’t know why, but for some reason, it forced me to just keep going. And really, she was super encouraging and would give me tips along the way. Second reason–I didn’t know how to unclip myself from the bike (haha!). It got pretty intense after the 15-minute mark and my legs were burning, so there were times when I really wanted to stop. It turned out okay though, because I could do it after all. I just slowed down and pedaled at a more comfortable pace until I could recover. #achieve

So now, I guess the big question is…would I do it again? And my answer is…

You can try the first timer card first, then grab a package at 50% off after if you like their classes.

Yes—especially since the classes are sooo cheap right now! You can try the first timer card as a trial, then grab a package at 50% off if you like their classes.

Here are the rates. I'm thinking of getting the one for 10 rides after the holiday season when traffic to BGC won't be so bad.

Here are the normal rates. I’m thinking of getting the 10 rides package after the holiday season when traffic to BGC won’t be so bad.

What do you think of Saddle Row? Think you guys will give spinning class a try? There are fab beauty benefits, too! Haha, I got a gorgeous, post-workout glow after and I’m still running on my endorphin high! ♥

P.S.
Watch out for Part 2 next week! I’ll talk about the 10 things you should know before enrolling in a spinning class. I want to give you as many tips as I can, so you can enjoy class even more!

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Saddle Row 2/F Serendra Piazza, BGC, Taguig; (02) 966-3610 or (0977) 802 5433. Follow them on Instagram @SaddleRowPH or visit their Facebook page here.

Special thanks to Jigs Mayuga for the photos.