Going for a Spin (Up in The Shed)

The Shed
The Shed – Font of all knowledge

There is something invigorating about starting the day in the pre-dawn hours with an exercise routine. 

Your body awakens as the world rises to a new day, the golden hue of the sun rising over the eastern horizon, stars fading into an ever brightening sky…

 Just like Linus and his blanket, I find something comforting about this routine.

Most days start with a row on a Concept C2 rower, one of the best value for money pieces of exercise equipment you could invest in. The row might be 10-kilometres at a steady pace, aiming for 39-40 minutes, or it might be 10×500 metre sprints with 20 push-ups between each one, it certainly kick-starts the day into action.

Baz - Concept C2 Rower
Baz – Concept C2 Rower

And everyday, without fail, involves some form of resistance training, squatting, and deadlifts, all the big compound exercises. Without a doubt, weight-bearing exercises should be undertaken by all to assist muscle tone as our body’s age.

Baz - A daily dose of weight bearing exercise
Baz – A daily dose of weight bearing exercise

There is plenty of good research available on the topic!

Perhaps it is fair to say I push it to the limits, but that is my thing, always testing the boundaries, I never want to be wondering what I might have achieved, but you know, apart from anything else it is fun.

 The Shed, the font of all knowledge in this modern age, is my training arena and I’ve just added a new piece of training equipment, a reconditioned LeMond spin bike, supplied by Gray’s Fitness Equipment in Melbourne, Australia.

Le Mond Spin Bike
LeMond Spin Bike

Now I’m sure there are many who are very familiar with spin bikes, and anyone who has taken a spin-class will attest to its effectiveness when you push to your limits.

So as I prepare for my mountaineering expedition to Nepal later this year, and the Coast-to Coast Adventure Race in New Zealand not long after, the swoosh of the spin-bike, the clink of the chain on the rowing machine, and the sound of weights being lifted, will be heard heralding in a new day in the world’s greatest harbour city, Sydney, Australia…

Baz - Chancellor Dome in the background
Baz – Southern Alps, New Zealand

 Hey, if you’ve got a favourite spin-bike workout, shout it out to me…

Anyway, the sun is shining, there’s a light breeze, and we’re all heading down to the lake for a paddle…

 Strewth, you wouldn’t be dead for quids, hey!

Ps: Just in case you are wondering and as the picture of The Shed attests, you can never have enough paddling craft…
Baz - Kayaking Narrabeen Lake, Sydney, Australia
Baz – Kayaking Narrabeen Lake, Sydney, Australia
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21 thoughts on “Going for a Spin (Up in The Shed)

  1. Scribelife March 12, 2013 / 10:59 am

    Now I think I need a shed!

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  2. shenrydafrankmann March 10, 2013 / 4:04 pm

    Looks like you have a great set up, there. I like that you have a bike with one of my all time favorite American cyclist’s name on it! There used to be a charity ride from Chicago to Milwaukee every year and Lemond was the featured celebrity a few of the rides. I like to tell a story about him thanking me for a pull during one of those rides. I have a picture that my friends and I had taken with him. I should dig it out and post it here.

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    • Baz - The Landy March 10, 2013 / 5:11 pm

      Would love to see it. And must say it is a quality spin bike… Umm, all down to the user now 🙂

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      • shenrydafrankmann March 11, 2013 / 6:27 am

        I will look the picture up. It’s an OLD picture! 🙂

        The Lemond bikes were a Trek product, so if the spin bike comes from the same source, I have no doubt it is good. I am a Trek fan (although I just bought Specialized this morning!).

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  3. perthcyclist March 10, 2013 / 9:36 am

    I find that I do better in the evening too…. it’s almost like all systems take a while to come online when I get up 😉 still, I am jealous of that shed of yours !

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  4. icescreammama March 10, 2013 / 1:26 am

    love spinning!! so cool! was just dreaming about getting a spin bike for my shed, uh, corner of my bedroom. it’s definitely helps with the ice cream addiction!

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    • Baz - The Landy March 10, 2013 / 7:03 am

      I have to face of with it this morning, might have to take FS up for a workout…!

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      • icescreammama March 10, 2013 / 9:42 am

        ohh don’t underestimate the little man, he’s got spunk. and have you seen those abs?? flat as a board! 😉

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  5. sarahsdoodles March 10, 2013 / 12:49 am

    I wish I could get myself to be an a.m. exerciser! Eventually, I’ll probably have to take that route if I want to fit in workouts, but unless I get to bed early enough (which I struggle with ever-so-much), the chances of it happening are slim.

    However, I must admit that the few times i did start my day with a workout, it altered my perspective on the day in general. You just tend to have a more confident, go get ’em attitude!

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    • Baz - The Landy March 10, 2013 / 7:02 am

      And sometimes I don’t get to bed early enough. Summer is always hard! But I find i a great time of dasy, and there is nothing to interrupt the workout….

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  6. kirisyko March 9, 2013 / 8:30 pm

    Reblogged this on SykOse.

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    • Baz - The Landy March 9, 2013 / 10:32 pm

      Another great day to be alive! Cheers, and thanks… 🙂

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      • kirisyko March 9, 2013 / 10:40 pm

        It certainly is! Although it’s raining here in the UK. Again….hahahahahha

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  7. Sas March 9, 2013 / 6:45 pm

    I do like to go to spin class, but I can never get the hang of the resistance. Everyone else digs in and starts to really feel the burn whilst I just stop mid-pedal! 🙂

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    • Baz - The Landy March 9, 2013 / 7:24 pm

      Hey, getting to the class is almost as important, you’re doing better than many! 🙂

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  8. vastlycurious.com March 9, 2013 / 2:01 pm

    My comfort level is at night…hmmmmm..snugggles in the morning.

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