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spinning class--hurts butt and *feminine* area--something wrong?


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I tried taking a spin class , even though i shouldn't have because i'm trying to gain weight, but i was bored and i have a fitness pass for my school gym...anyway..that's beside the point. 

I found that my vaginal area really hurt from the seat, and so did my butt quite a bit. It also stung when i went pee afterward. Is this normal? It doesn't hurt now, and this was yesterday. I was just wondering if anyone else has had this experience? Also, does it go away as you get used to it?

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I always wear my biking shorts because I have the same problem.  I even wear them on the Expresso bike and exercise bikes in the gym.

aren't biking shorts just spandex? i'm really wondering how others manage to make it through a spin class without it hurting!!

I never took a spin class, but any kind of cycling hurts my lady parts.  Not in a burning or chafing way, but in a sore achey way.  Maybe the seats are too hard?  I gave up on it because it hurt.

It may be the seat. I dont take spin class, but i do cycle everyday. I feel fine when I cycle with my own bike, but the other day I had to borrow someone else's bike and it hurt just like you mentioned. So I guess the seat was harder or something

No they have a shamois in the middle that is a cushion.  It kinda looks like a big maxi pad sewn into the shorts.  It helps to protect your sits bones and the rest of that area.  Without them I'd never be able to ride, on my road bike or bikes at the gym. 

The pain does go away. Its just soreness in that muscle region. I get it every year when I start to cycle again. By the 2nd or 3rd time you go it will go away.

It does hurt for the first couple times, I will admit. After the 3rd or 4th class you shouldn't really notice it.


Also, make sure you're not sitting too far forward in the saddle. You want to sit back as far as you can on the back of the seat where it's the widest. If you're too far forward and putting your weight on the front of the seat where it's narrow it will definitely hurt more.

Try it again, spinning/cycling is such great excercise and great to increase endorphins. You never know, it might not hurt the next time!

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It does hurt for the first couple times, I will admit. After the 3rd or 4th class you shouldn't really notice it.


Also, make sure you're not sitting too far forward in the saddle. You want to sit back as far as you can on the back of the seat where it's the widest. If you're too far forward and putting your weight on the front of the seat where it's narrow it will definitely hurt more.

Try it again, spinning/cycling is such great excercise and great to increase endorphins. You never know, it might not hurt the next time!

 You can also have the instructor help you set up your bike before class.  They usually know best. 

Your weight should be supported by the sit bones at the bottom of your pelvis.  Cycling shorts will help with comfort and moisture control but there is definitely a "break in" period for your bottom to adjust to riding a bicycle.  The seat should fit your anatomy and be adjusted so that your weight is where it should be.  You should never have pressure on the "soft tissue" parts between the sit bones.  This indicates that the seat is improperly adjusted.  Move the saddle forward or back to make sure your are centered properly over the pedals and tilt the saddle nose up or down to relieve pressure, ideally it should be level.  And adjust to the proper height, your knees should be slightly bent at the bottom of the pedal stroke and your hips should not rock when you pedal.

thanks everyone...the suggestions really helped. i went again today, thinking of going twice a week because it makes me feel so strong and powerful and just eating back my calories so i don't undermine the weight gain efforts. 

what effects has anyone noticed from spinning by the way? benefits? body changes? endurance? stamina?

You could buy a bike seat.I bought one after the 1st class and its less sore.

As far as changes ,I did see lot of difference in endurance and strength in my legs.Also there was defination in my thighs and I lost inches.

I spin 4-5 times a week and I am seriously addicted to it, now I'm looking into spending some money on a road bike :) I have noticed that my legs have gotten a lot stronger, my cardio endurance is getting back up to where it was when I was at my fittest.

I've also noticed that it has helped my running by leaps and bounds. I'm training for a mini and spinning has helped be get back into running shape faster than I ever have before.

Hi Jordielg,

I found your message, and I thought I was going nuts, but it HURTS a LOT.  I told my husband if he touched me there, that I'd rip his hands off (sorry to be that way, but men are men) and well, I do wear padded pants too, and I like my seat to be a certain way, I cycle on my own bike also in the city and I do NOT get this issue like on the spinning bike. I want to tell my husband that I don't want to go spinning, but I do know it's safe, it's an hour of vigorous workout that I can do and move on with my day.. but the pain.. wow!... and I am so sick of hearing men respond, it's like us telling them being kicked in the groin is over rated..

I don't know if you're still on this site, but have you found any solid solutions to this issue?  I'm thinking of buying a bike cover with the gel or something that I can use the spinning bike at the gym better.  I have to wonder if it does some damage to women? 

I'd love to hear from you ...

Thank you,

 

two things helped me:

1.  gel bike seat cover that I took to class with me.

2.  time - just doing 3-4 spin classes your body gets used to the pressure.

I stopped using my gel bike seat pretty quickly.

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