Tonight, I paid $6 for an “all day” pass to a small town gym that I have never worked out at before. With the pass I took 3 group fitness classes. I frequently take 2 classes back-to-back at the Big City gym and have taken 3 before – so, I thought no problem. WRONG! These classes were HARD!!!!! H.A.R.D!!!! They were NOT for beginners or even intermediates.
My fitness packed evening started off with Zumba. It was a pretty spirited class. We used shakers – how fun are they?!?! I have never used them before – FUN. The teacher gave great cues and the moves were MUCH less complicated than some of the other classes I’ve taken. Here is a picture with the teacher after class -
One bonus of living and working and working out in a small town is that there is a pretty high probability that you’ll know a few folks – YEP, that was the case. First up, my lifelong best friend Jodi’s sister – my BFF Jodi moved to Atlanta nearly 6 years ago, SIGH!
Then as soon as I walked in I heard “Hi Lisa!” Then she let it known she was a blog reader – woot woot, thanks “D”! It was awesome to see you tonight and so glad we could hang out together for the 3 hours of
Next up was what I had hoped to be my New 2 You Cross Training Activity for March . . . a class called “Cardio Blast”. After talking to the front desk person earlier in the day, I was under the impression that it was going to be primarily aerobic and a whole lot of fun. Well, it was a fantastically kick A$$ hard workout. Even though it was actually “new to me” and was at a “new to me” gym – it wasn’t really all that “new”. It was essentially a circuit/interval class. The intervals were 3 minutes long – F.O.R.E.V.E.R – holy crackers batman, I thought the class would never end. It was extremely challenging and I didn’t even do all the high intensity moves – I kept quite a bit of it “low”. The cool thing about this class was that there was quite a bit of step aerobics mixed in – I haven’t done step class since the late 90’s – that certainly brought back memories. I even remembered all the words – who knew? Here’s a picture of me with the teacher after the class.
Finally, my evening ended with a Kettleball/Resist-A-Ball class – sans the regular instructor. This class was also H.A.R.D!!!! OMG HARD! Squats, lunges, squats, lunges, 50 minutes later – more squats and more lunges. Overall, the entire evening featured WAY TOO MANY squats and lunges for my liking (to be honest, 5 squats and/or lunges is too many for my liking). I’m seriously hoping someone tells me that squats and lunges will make me a better and faster runner – PLEASE, some good has to come from the crazy torture! The teacher was funny and smiled a lot – that really helped! I’ll talk more about this class in a future post because if all else fails – it will be my March N2UCTC activity(hoping my bloggy bestie and I can knock out something much more fun together in March instead though). Here’s a quickie photo with the teacher after class -
So 3 hours of group fitness classes – 2 of which were strength training based, on the eve of a Body Pump class is INSANE! That’s me – pooped!
What was your recent insane workout?