Archive for the ‘Hey Laydeez: Female Cycle Instructors’ Category

Lee

December 20, 2010

Only rode one class with this one. She was subbing at Balboa. She’s one of the little female Instructors: less leg height to move around the pedals, a healthy metabolism and very light on the bike. Makes for a lot of lightning drills. Lee was cheerful and upbeat and I enjoyed the challenge. Rates a 4 on the Butt Kicker Scale.

Julie

December 20, 2010

My friend Ed from Grossmont Sunday morning class warned me about this lady. Sitting in the Jacuzzi one Sunday after Spin class, Ed started talking about some of the instructors. Some of the guys were okay, he allowed, but “that little girl” Julie “nearly killed” him. Ed was verbalizing the concept of  Butt Kicker. Typically, I didn’t listen. I saw Julie listed on the schedule at College Grove for a 5:30 pm class on a day when I’d already ridden a class earlier in the morning. I moved my life around, dropped the kid off at his moms, and headed back to the gym for another spinning class. Julie is a tiny little thing, the most dangerous type of female Instructor. They’re carrying less body mass, and are closer to the pedals. Halfway through Julie’s class, I was in pain. My feet were hurting. I wore Vans back then, and I simply had nothing left in the tank. Julie is relentless. Her patter consists of exhorting the cyclists in front of her to work harder–telling them they can lose up to a thousand calories if they only work harder. She leads by example, and she’s tough to keep up with. Rates a solid 5 on the Butt Kicker Scale.

Heather

December 20, 2010

Heather fooled me at first. I caught her ride at Mission Valley Center, where she was subbing for Cody. She wasn’t really on that night, and it was difficult to achieve a full work-out. The next time, she was subbing again. I did a mental eye roll when I saw her name listed on the schedule. But Mission Valley Center is my only option for a 7:30 pm ride on Tuesday nights after work. So I went. And Heather surprised me with a good, tough ride. She mentioned she broke her toe at the starting line, and had to pull up out of the pedal a few times. But the mere fact she rode at all impressed me. She’s also cute, a little too young for me, of course. Unlike some of the other women, she’s got curves: a muffin top, full hips and healthy upper torso. She’s the girl next door of the women instructors.  I rode with her at Hillcrest last week. She was on the ellipticals when I walked in an hour early. She stayed there till it was class time, then led a ride that was so strenuous I found myself getting light-headed. Rates a 4 on the Butt Kicker Scale.

Diane B.

December 20, 2010

This lady is ferocious. She works mostly out of Balboa, and early in the am. She lobbied and got a class scheduled for the day before Thanksgiving. Those of us who showed up were treated to a 75 minute extended version of her regular routine. She’s older, probably about my own age, and matches my 6 foot height as well. Up on the raised platform, she towers over us, cracking jokes about the Chargers, Raiders and Lakers. She’s a big sporthead. Her routines are fun, and competitive. She pits the back row against the front row for some of her drills. If enough guys show up, she’ll make it guys against girls. She’s tought as nails and really digs what she does. That goes a long way.  “What’s good?” she asked one morning. “Number 85 playing this Sunday against the Raiders. What’s bad? Not being able to do this anymore.” Amen, sister. Rates a solid 4.5 on the Butt Kicker Scale.

Cristina

December 20, 2010

Think of J-Lo in much better shape, and wearing some of the tightest white cotton shorts over that spectacular heart-shaped bottom. Put her long dark hair up under a pink ball cap and a pair of compact brown-rimmed glasses on her pretty face. Then, install within her a certain sense of decorum, and you’ve got Cristina. Oh, and she can kick your ass on a bike, too. She’s a little hard to understand. English is obviouly a second language. She also doesn’t make a big deal about assigning numeric value to resistance level on the bike. She stresses hand position and will let you know how hard you should be working to keep up. She rides mostly out of  the South Bay: Downtown Chula Vista and Imperial Marketplace. Rates a 4 on the Butt Kicker Scale.

Barbara

December 20, 2010

I’m conflicted on Barbara. She’s certainly worthy of her position. But she’s capable of more than she puts out. She did one grueling hill-climb drill in the entire 4 months of Sundays I rode her class. I went up and enthused about how it really pushed us. She never did it again. So, obviously, she didn’t want to encourage the 6 foot, creepy serial stalker in her class. I don’t know, in the end, she was just another disappointment. If I seem to be taking it hard, maybe it’s like when the child surpasses the parent. Barbara brought me into the Spinning World. I just wanted her to challenge me to keep getting better. Instead, she played to the grannies in the class and I left in search of the next level. Doesn’t really rate a 3 on the Butt Kicker Scale, but I’ll give it to her for sentimental reasons.

Annette

December 20, 2010

Annette rides out of the Stadium and College Grove and El Cajon locations. She’s much better in smaller rooms, with a bigger, enthusiastic audience. Kind of like a rock band. Seems like a real sweetheart, but can fall back on mechanistic, formulaic routines and exhortations to get thru the hour. Unlike some more extroverted intructors, Annette plays it close with personal information. We learned that her daughter made it to State Finals in league softball when she returned to the class after several weeks off. Rates a 2.5 on the Butt Kicker Scale.