Spinning class used to be my "happy place." Now it just makes me sad . . . literally.
Spinning was more like a therapy session for me (not just cardio). The fluid body motion, to the beat of the music . . . oh, that continual, rythmic movement! I attended class faithfully 5-days-a week. I've made many, many wonderful spinning-friends. I looked forward to it everday day & I smiled all the way through class, cheering on my friends (as they cheered me on!) I will miss it. Hoping I can go back some day, but that depends on my gym. Here's the whole story:
Two weeks ago, I was happily spinning when the right pedal broke off, mid-spin. We were doing a standing climb (which involved pedalling while standing up). I guess I really don't need to say that it was a traumatic (and physically damaging) experience, that took me completely out-of-game for over a week. When the pedals break off, apparently the bike stops abrutly, because my left knee (in the bent position) was wrenched. When I tried to go back last week (after I felt healed enough), I was simply too scared to finish the class. I don't feel safe on the bikes anymore . . . and my "happy place" was bringing me to tears (cause I just couldn't get past that not-feeling-safe point).
The horrifying part of my story is that this type of accident has happened to at least half-dozen other members--that I know of. There may be others. And the management isn't taking the issue of the poor condition of the bikes seriously. In fact, I was even lied to. They knew how hurt (& upset) I was . . . and I was told we were getting all new bikes (by the girl at the front desk). Now, maybe she was lied to, as well (or she knew, but was told to tell me that). She purposely pulled me aside & told me new bikes were "on order." I think they were afraid I would sue.
Come to find out, they are replacing the pedals & the seats, so it's "like" brand new bikes. NOT THE SAME THING!!! I have my doubts as to whether I will safe on them, knowing their just "fixed?" Would you? My gym is a huge chain (24/7 Club Fitness), always packed (& probably receives plenty from "members who don't attend" . . . we all know that happens). They were "refurbished" when they bought them & they're always breaking down. My guess is they have a maintenance agreement on them & can call for repairs whenever they need to, so repairing them would be cheaper, of course. Sure, new bikes would be an big expense, but safety should be their first concern. And I'm not the type to sue, but the next person who gets hurt may be! I would think it would be in their best interest to consider replacing these old, rusted bikes.
Sorry for the long rant, but I had to get this out. It has caused the scale to inch upwards (wrong direction!), and I'm sad about that, too. Thanks for letting me vent.