January 16, 2007

The Room Is Spinning

Record-seeking spinner pedals to hospital stay

George Hood pedaled his way to a world record, dehydration, a hospital stay and nearly $30K for a charity which benefits the families of fallen police officers.

Kudos to him and and the people who donated to his cause.

However, I can’t let this pass without telling you I think “spinning” is a really stupid name for the activity.

I heard the term for the first time maybe six or seven years ago when someone I know was involved in a “spinning” class. I had no idea what they were talking about. Who needs a class for something every kid knows how to do? You just spin yourself around until you’re dizzy, then you fall down and throw up. Simple.

Of course, that’s not what “spinning” means. It means riding on a stationary bicycle for exercise. What you’re actually doing isn’t spinning at all, it’s pedaling.

So, what’s wrong with calling it “pedaling?” Or biking. When I run on the treadmill, I call that “running.” I don’t make up some new name for it — or worse, take a word that already means something and repurpose that word. If I need to make the distinction, I say “running on the treadmill” or “using the treadmill.” If I were really lazy, I guess I could call it “treadmill running.”

“Spinning” is stationary biking. Or pedaling.

Posted by James at January 16, 2007 11:03 AM
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Spinning is what somebody did to make that activity sound more interesting. :-)

Posted by: Mike at January 16, 2007 11:29 AM

It also seems to require blaring music at you and peer pressure to keep up. There is a spinning class going on down the hall when i swim in the morning. It sounds and looks really silly.

Posted by: B.O.B. (bob) at January 16, 2007 11:52 AM

When I first heard of spinning class, I thought it had to do with making yarn. Go figure.

Posted by: mjfrombuffalo at January 16, 2007 11:54 AM

Yeah, "spin class" is a fancy version of stationary bike exercise. There's an instructor telling you whether you're going up or down a hill, for example. I think there's also a video to show you where you're pretending to ride.

Oh and the bike is different.

Posted by: Julie at January 16, 2007 12:12 PM

So fancy!

Posted by: James at January 16, 2007 12:15 PM

BTW - I support pedaling or stationary biking as an exercise. I currently have my bike up on a rig that allows me to cycle in front of the TV.

But it doesn't spin. One of the wheels spins, though.

Posted by: James at January 16, 2007 12:17 PM

I think spin class would drive me crazy. I used to read or watch tv on the bike at the gym. Turning it into a group thing would spoil it for me, I think.

Posted by: Julie at January 16, 2007 12:44 PM

Isn't spinning a form of weaving?

Posted by: DG at January 17, 2007 11:20 AM

Spinning is what they do to cotton and wool to form thread or yarn. After it's been carded and before it's been woven into cloth.

Posted by: James at January 17, 2007 11:30 AM

I've spun many a yarn, myself.


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