Workout Wednesday

Make today’s workout simple!

While a high-end, 5-star gym, state-of-the-art cardio equipment, and shiny, scratch-free weights can all increase fitness motivation, neither are necessary for a safe and effective workout!

As a Certified Spin Instructor for nearly 10 years, I grew very accustomed to the Keiser M3+ bike and Precor Spinner bike.

Both leading indoor cycling bikes are equipped with monitors featuring information such as, RPMs, calorie expenditure, distance, wattage, and HR.

Then… the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting gym closures worldwide!

As a Spin-obsessed, fitness enthusiast I was devastated.

As a graduate student at the time, I was not in the financial position for a $2,000+ Spin bike…

What did I learn from this experience?

Simple workouts using minimal to no equipment can be just as effective and elicit the same feel-good emotions as a workout with an expensive indoor cycling bike at a gym.

What did my “quarantine workouts” consist of?

  • Outdoor running and power walking
  • Hiking and observing nature’s simplicities
  • Resistance bands, TRX, and by own body weight
  • To name a few… 

Simple workouts leading to a big goal…

My First Half Marathon!

Virtual Social Distance R-u-n (13.1miles), May 29, 2020

After the partial reopening of gyms in Washington state, Keiser M3+ and Precor Spinner bikes remain unavailable for me.

On the bright side, I now have access to a simpler Schwinn bike at a local Anytime Fitness!

No monitor featuring RPMs, calorie expenditure, distance, wattage, or HR.

Just me and the bike – and of course, the resistance knob too!

What did I learn from this experience?

“Monitor-less” indoor cycling bikes can create a greater mind-body, mindful ride!

I am not distracted by the numbers flashing in front of my eyes and deeply connect my mind to my muscles and focus on my breath.

I do still welcome the day I ride another Keiser M3+ bike and Precor Spinner bike…

But just like stopping during a hike to appreciate the simplicity of nature, riding a more minimalist Schwinn bike can elicit feelings of gratitude and a deeper connection with the mind, body, and soul.





About rrluthi

Certified fitness expert with a passion for educating and empowering people of all ages (young "kiddos" to the active aging "baby boomers") about the benefits of adopting and maintaining an active, healthy lifestyle, preventing injury, and feeling good. Proven strengths applying cutting-edge fitness/wellness concepts and research through roles as a health coach, fitness trainer, group exercise instructor, and rehabilitation aide—in addition to promoting these concepts in a more systematic way through blogging and social media, community outreach, and corporate wellness program facilitation.
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