U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY – Sailors and Marines are now able to join a new spin class aboard amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5). Quartermaster 2nd Class Nicholas Goyeneche, who has been spinning since 2007 to train for triathlons, currently leads the class.
Spinning is another form of stationary cycling where a variety of music tempos and beats drive participants to match with speed, resistance and intensity for a 45-minute session. The intervals fit the pace of the selected song, based on rhythm or changing melody, similar to a choreographed dance.
During the classes, Goyeneche demonstrates the proper posture and safety precautions involved with spinning for new and veteran cyclists, or ‘spinners.’
“Body posture is very important,” said Goyeneche. “This is a lower body exercise, so you have to make sure your upper body is relaxed.”
He guides the class through a high intensity and quick recovery style workouts with rest intervals to trigger different leg muscles. Although the class can be challenging, the workout is low impact on body joints.
Many people aboard Peleliu listen to music in the gym for motivation, but spin classes take listening to music to another level. The workouts use old and new music, from “Burn Baby Burn” by Ash to Michael Jackson’s “Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough” to “Glad You Came” by The Wanted, in order to drive the tempo and intensity. The workouts require cyclists to change pedal resistance and revolutions per minute. Through slower tempos and build ups to higher tempos, the spinners increase the resistance to simulate cycling up a hill. Typically, Goyeneche can be heard calling out, “Don’t give up! We’re almost to the top!” during the class.
Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Fuel) 1st Class Sean Soledad prefers cardio on the bicycle while underway.
“I don’t like to run while at sea with all the rocking and rolling of the ship. The spin class allows me to get a cardio workout,” said Soledad. “It’s fast-paced, you sweat, and it’s overall a great workout.”
One of the benefits of spin class is that it can cause a release of endorphins known as a “runner’s high.” According to the Webster’s dictionary, endorphins are “any of a group of hormones with tranquilizing and pain-killing capabilities that are secreted by the brain.” In short spinning can provide another way for a deployed Sailor or Marine to reduce stress, frustration, and aggression.