Sweat Stories: Meagan Tobin

Hi everyone!

My name is Meagan and I’ve been coming to Spinunity for almost 3 years now and have probably racked up close to 200 rides. For those of you that don’t know me, here is a few things about me:

-         Home life includes my fiancé Greg (getting married in September!), our adorable ragdoll kitten Oscar, and our pet axolotl Dave Grohl (strange pet I know, Greg just showed up at home with him one day and we went with it).

-         The mountains are my happy place. In the summer there is almost no where I would rather be than hiking, climbing, backpacking or camping

-         I love good food and good wine. They are two things that I will never be able to give up (and why I will never have visible abs)

-         I am a scientist, not a blogger or a writer.. so bear with me here 

So what’s my story on how I ended up at Spinunity?

After I graduated university I landed pretty close to my dream job working as a Water Quality Specialist for Environment Canada doing work on Northern mining sites. The highlight of my job is that every now and then I get to travel to remote areas of the world that most people will never get a chance to see. I have walked on the Arctic Ocean, visited fly-in mining operations in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, and spent time north of the Arctic Circle within Canada. Unfortunately, 90% of my job involves sitting at a desk reviewing documents. After a year at a desk job instead of running around campus from class to class I started to notice a change in my body and energy levels. Until this point in my life I could eat what I wanted, drink whatever I wanted, not work out, and not worry about my body, so I had a bit of a rude awakening. Given that I am not one to give up good food or good wine, I knew that I needed to find something to combat my sedentary day job. Queue Spinunity.

Let me start with the fact that I have NEVER been an athlete in the traditional sense in my adult life. I danced and played soccer when I was younger, but all that stopped over 10 years ago. When I came to Spinunity back in August of 2014 it was my first spin class, first exercise class, and first time in any kind of gym environment. It started as something for my Mom and I to do together. I dragged my Mom to a class with the excuse that it was “a good way for us to spend time together” but mostly it was because I was intimidated by a fitness environment. I remember in the first 15 minutes wondering why I had gotten myself into this. Then came the mix of “she must be joking that my watts should be that high”, “how can someone’s legs move that fast?” and “seriously! We are standing again!?” I thought all these riders were just glutton for punishment and couldn’t imagine how this was supposed to be the fun version of fitness. Needless to say eventually the pain and soreness subsided, I obviously came back, it eventually got easier, then I started to enjoy seeing how I could challenge myself in a class.

Prior to spin the only exercise that I did was attempting to run (not for these stubby legs) and home workouts, in addition to my non-traditional summer exercise of hiking and climbing (and even those loves have only developed within the last 5 years!). Spinunity was an important turning point for me as it was the beginning of my fitness journey. From being someone that did next to no physical activity to one that could not only endure a 60 minute spin class, but crush a 60 minute spin class. Here I was actually enjoying exercising and enjoying pushing myself to go that little bit faster, and that litter bit harder, and to add that extra ¼ turn. In creating the fitness drive I’ve become a much more active person (although the upcoming wedding is probably contributing as well). Outside of spin I do strength and resistance training 3-4 times a week and am enjoying that for the first time in my life I actually consider myself to be strong. I love meeting and beating those personal bests and testing out what my body can do.

I couldn’t have imagined when I walked through those doors 3 years ago that I would have actually found an exercise that worked for me and a community that I felt comfortable in. Like anyone I go through my fitness ups and downs but I always make it back onto the bike. To me, spin is a necessary de-stressing tool, a time to clear my head, and let all the problems of the day fade away. I’ve worked through a lot of issues on that bike! And although the classes are great the instructors and the community is another thing! The atmosphere is so motivational, empowering, and inclusive that no one feels left behind. Jordan and Jeff have put together a great team that all bring something unique to their classes and keep you coming back from more. Having gone through the instructor training myself I know exactly how much it takes to curate a well-balanced spin class and I give huge props to every one of those instructors for all the work they put into their classes to ensure that we all get the most out of our workout.

Thank you Spinunity!

All photos above provided by WeAreYEG.

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