I Tried It: Hydro-Spinning

Friday, March 7, 2008 | 3:00 p.m. CST; updated 11:02 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Britney Spears was blaring from the stereo: “We can get down like there’s no one around, we keep on rockin ...’”

Hydro-spinning class had started.


At Tiger Grotto at the MU Recreation Center Monday: 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Wednesday: 3:30 to 4:15 p.m.

Running late, I rushed to catch up with the rest of the class as they wheeled their bikes into the water.

The latest fad in aquatic fitness, hydro-spinning is taught on stationary Hydro-Rider bikes in shallow water. The MU Student Recreation Complex offers the 45-minute class Mondays and Wednesdays in the Tiger Grotto. There is room for only six cyclists, and it fills up quickly.

Warm-up consisted of running against the Lazy River, knees to chest, then squats and jogging in place.

Finally, it was time to get on a bike. We strapped our feet in and the pedaling began.

“Four, three, two, one! Pick it up, pick it up! Faster! Push it!” called out the instructor.

Ten minutes of grueling biking ensued. You would think it would be easier in water, but the resistance makes it painful.

Hydro-spinning is intense. Mini-breaks in between for a drink of water or the chance to splash water on your face left little leeway to cheat.

Just when you think you’re getting the hang of it, you have three sets of 15 push-ups on the side of the bike, and don’t forget the lap in the Lazy River between each set.

Then back on the bike for another five minutes of spinning. Everyone’s faces were flushed, and class was only two-thirds over.

After five minutes of abs and stretches against the wall, the 45-minute class was finally finished.

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