pageta -- Good to know this is only an occasional pain!
Eliana -- Thanks for sharing your experience and advice. Those first few days, I thought it would never stop hurting. Good to know that this changes with experience and practice. I don't mind being sore, if I know it's doing me some good, but I'm hopeful that I can understand what brings it on and what to do about it.
The instructor does warm us up and cool us down in the class itself, but we don't stretch as a class either before or after. Most of the girls tend to stretch afterwards on their own, though, but I don't really know much about fitness and didn't have an idea of what I should do. When I wasn't doing so, the instructor mentioned to me that I should and gave me some stretching tips. So, I managed about ten minutes or so afterwards.
I've been trying to keep up with the whole workout as a way to condition myself to work harder. There's no way I can work as fast or as elegantly as the very fit pole dancers in my class considering that I am substantially overweight, but I try to keep up as much as I can just so that I know I'm trying hard. I find that it's too easy to make excuses for myself and just workout easily. That is, when I'm on a treadmill, I will often not push myself to work harder than I have been or when I'm on an elliptical, I won't change up my pace enough. I'm not methodical about these things -- not because I'm lazy, but because I'm not proficient enough to know what I'm doing. So, I'm trying to trust the instructor.
I did have to slow down a few times just to catch my breath, though.
I'm hoping to avoid burnout. It's still novel enough to be exciting for me and I find that I'm looking forward to my next class!
What did you do during the few weeks that you felt a lot of pain? Some people say massages are good, but I didn't think it helped; my hubby tried to give me a leg massage but even touching my legs with any pressure felt excruciating. I did find that hot baths helped through the duration of the submersion. Tylenol didn't. Sleep did.
Are you usually tired for a while after your spin classes?