Now that the days are starting to get shorter it may be time to start thinking of other options. Around late August/early September the chances of an evening ride become very slim. The best time to get a cheap indoor setup is during the summer months when everything is on sale. I now have a smart trainer setup but I’ll tell you about when I got into spinning.
In the winter of 2014 I rode outside all winter long. With the exception of weather anomalies I was out most weekends. In early 2015 the weather made a turn for the worse and I spent a month off of the bike. Over the course of that winter I spent an hour in the morning on a cheap trainer (that I would sometimes fall off of) watching movies. It was boring but I did what I had to do.
The winter of late 2015/early 2016 was brutal. It was cold and snowy. I hated being bored on the trainer. A lot of times I would skip it so it was no surprise that I started to put on weight. One Saturday morning a friend of mine invited me to a spin class at her gym. I had been to spin once before but we were late and I didn’t really get to check it out. It was a lot of fun. I loved the high energy, the music, the lights. This was something I could see myself doing.
I looked into spin classes in my area and they were way out of my price range. The best time for me was in the morning, before work. I found an online site that was only $20 per month to watch spin videos on demand. I found a spin bike online for $300. Not only would I own the bike but it was still cheaper that going to spin class and I could spin on my own schedule.
I bought the setup and used my Garmin with a cadence sensor and a heart rate monitor to get the full experience. I had a first class spin studio right in my living room for a nominal fee. I started my day with a high energy spin experience at 5am. My neighbors weren’t always thrilled with me but I kept my fitness and had a lot of fun.
Whatever your current financial status is there’s always a way to get the fitness experience that’s right for you on a budget that works for your life. There are no excuses!