When: Monday at 6:45pm
Where: Get Spun (129 Spadina Avenue)
Who: Matt Kenny
First off, Ben I have to thank you for your Get Spun suggestion. Matt Kenny is great.
I went to Matt’s cycling class Monday night just to tell you I did take you up on your suggestion. Day 27 into my 30 day challenge I NEEDED to do something other than yoga. Don’t get me wrong this much yoga has been good, great in fact. But I’ve been aching for something else. Anything else! So some form of cardio — spinning — sounded like a excellent plan. On Monday evening I walked the few steps after work, in the raging blizzard, to get my spin on. And, Ben, you were absolutely right I wasn’t distracted at all. Instead I was insanely focused.
When Matt walked into the spinning room I’m not going to lie he didn’t look at all like I had pictured. When I heard “best trainer ever” I instantly thought big, scary, beefy drill sergeant. This is not Matt, at all. Not that this is a bad thing! This is much preferred (at least in my opinion), I was more confident and relaxed going into my ride knowing Matt couldn’t throw me off the bike over his head. But, don’t get me wrong, Matt is force to be reckoned with. His intention is to make you work, and that’s exactly what we did.
To my disappointment, he was feeling a bit under the weather this night and wasn’t the full on yelling machine that I guess he’s known for. This was very upsetting to hear because I wanted to experience the full blown operation. Next time Matt, I hope.
Now I have to dedicate this post to a certain (cycling enthusiast) work colleague — you know who you are.
Okay, back to the important stuff. Matt is a killer cycling coach (sick or not). His precision to proper spinning form and technique kept me focused my entire ride. And his music mix of up beat, techno funk (that’s what I’m going to call it anyway) was energetic – and we all know how important the beat can be to your ride. This ambience was contagious and I soaked in every word Matt spoke – from the purpose for my ride to where I was going. I wasn’t going to waste my class – as Matt kindly referred to when you contemplate giving up or not pushing yourself. A big waste of your 20 bucks, that’s what that is! At this point I was more worried about disappointing him than myself.
Now I’m down to 2 classes left on my 5 class card. Ben what do you suggest? I was left wanting more Matt. Perhaps another cycling class is in order.
Take this class if: you’re a fairly experienced rider wanting a great reminder to why you spin.
2 thoughts on “I Got Spun”
I love the article and pretty bang on. That’s too bad he was under the weather – damn – I have been spinning with him for 3-4 years and never seen him sick – Murphy’s Law! I would absolutely say go back and check out another class with him and see how it goes – see if it really is any different! Glad you enjoyed!
Glad you liked it! I was really bummed out, but a Matt under the weather was still better than most spinning classes I’ve taken. Again thanks for the great suggestion!