For the first time in over a year, spinners gathered at Abrams Physical Fitness Center to participate in the 80s Blacklight Spin Party Saturday.

“It was great,” Toni Kornegay, recreation specialist for the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare & Recreation, said about finally offering a spinning event again. “One of the things that we have missed over the last 16 months was the music and the energy we would experience daily during classes.”

Sabrina Hopkins came to the event decked out in 80s attire, ready to have fun.

“The 80s is my decade. I love it and I love working out as much as I can,” she said. “I like how everybody gets excited on a stationary bike. Everybody gets so excited and so motivated when the music is on and the instructor is vibrant. It doesn’t even feel like you’re working out.”

One song from the 80s stands out to Hopkins as her favorite because it brought her and her best friend together.

“‘Always Something There to Remind Me’, that’s the song,” she exclaimed. “When we first met, we worked together at a gym. We went out and we saw an 80s cover band and that song right there is where we really connected. We were both singing … and from then on whenever we send each other gifts, we always put a line from that song in the gift.”

Kornegay enjoyed seeing the participants having fun. Some even stepped off their bikes to dance and sing to the music.

 “I think they enjoyed the energy and the nostalgia of the 80s music,” Kornegay said. “The instructor, Pat Brown, did an amazing job of mixing it up across all different genres of popular 80s music.”

It was hard for Kornegay to pick just one song from the 80s that she loves so she picked her favorite that was played during the spin party.

“Wow! I have so many. I would say my favorite from the event was ‘Just a Friend’ by Biz Markie,” she said. “It was one of my favorites back when it came out. Also, it’s one that pretty much everyone knew, so it was a sing along.”

Instructor Pat Brown was happy to have everyone back after not being able to teach a spinning class since March of last year.

“Getting back on the bike is one thing, doing it in front of people is awesome. You want to spread good music and vibes,” she said.

She was glad to see new and old face while jamming out to the 80s hits, and she doesn’t just have one favorite song, she has a favorite album.

“Journey’s Frontiers album, released in 1982,” she said. “My favorite songs (on that album) are ‘Separate Ways’ and ‘Edge of the Blade.’”

The next event coming up is the Life’s a Beach 5K, July 24, at Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area. For more information visit