Beastie Boys, Nelly, and “Friends”

Yesterday I was not hard core enough to wake up at 5:30 am and get to the gym in time for the early morning spinning class. Truly a shame. The AM spinning class is nothing short of intense. Not only do all attendees wear Pearl Izumi shorts for comfort, you are pretty much required to have toe clips to keep up.

As well as sporting the gear, the early morning spinning class has style. There is a certain sense of camaraderie that comes in the morning, and with such an intense workout. You will often hear members of the class shout out “Push! Push”, which is answered by a chorus of “Pull! Pull”. There will be a number of outbursts like “Get it Done!” and when we really start climbing just the quick, “Whew!”.

An all time highlight for the morning class came Wednesday. We had just finished a pretty intense climb and were looking towards doing some speed work. Suddenly, the theme to “DIrty Dancing” starts playing. And you got it, we were all having “The Time of Our Lives”. One of the regular attendees, Darnell started us off by singing:

“Now I’ve had the time of my life
No I never felt like this before
Yes I swear it’s the truth
and I owe it all to you”

I of course was obliged to answer with:

“‘Cause I’ve had the time of my life
and I owe it all to you”

Well, real soon the entire class “felt the urgency” and joined in the chorus:

“I’ve had the time of my life
No I never felt this way before
Yes I swear it’s the truth
And I owe it all to you
‘Cause I’ve had the time of my life
And I’ve searched through every open door
‘Til I found the truth
And I owe it all to you”

So, that was Wednesday. Friday I missed spinning. In fact, I missed working out altogether. I decided to set my alarm for the first time in my adult life on a Saturday morning, and got my butt to the 8:15 am spinning class. Unfortunately the participants and the music selection was not quite the same. Our class soundtrack included a Beastie Boys song, a true St Louis tribute with an old Nelly album, and the Baha Boys’ one hit wonder, “Who Let The Dogs” out.

The big finale was the theme from “Friends”. I won’t miss my regular class again… those are all the “friends” I need in spinning.