Hello out there fitness nation! I realize it has been quite some time since I have updated you all with the shenanigans of my life.I have joined Gold's Gym's national 12 week challenge (that chooses 3 winners from each gym to compete nationally) and I have been working hard for that since you all last read! Since I have to work harder, I decided that 2014 was the year of branching out for me. I have been solo in this journey thusfar, and it does get lonely! I started by dedicating my cardio time to the classes that they offer in the gym (which explains my silly title.) I have learned a few things about each and I wanted to fill you in on the deets. :)
I am going to be honest here, spin class burns a TON of calories, has great music, awesome instructors, and goes by fast! What could possibly go wrong in a class so perfect right? Wrong. I did my very first spin class a few weeks ago and spent most of the class adjusting my butt on the bike seat to avoid that terrible awkward pain you get when you are new to the class. I survived however, and was proud, but I spent the next 5 days feeling like my inner thigh/crotch area had been beaten with a steel bat. You shouldve seen me trying to sit down, it was quite comical (unless you were me of course, that shit hurt!) After a few times going back, the pain subsided and now it doesnt hurt to do spin class, but newbies, prepare yourself, and dont give up!
I honestly expected zumba to be this big dance party that I would love and rock at. I was expecting latin glitter to fly off of me as I shimmied and mumbled spanish songs (without knowing what I was mumbling.) I was having fun, feeling like Shakira until I looked in the mirror and saw how UNCOORDINATED I looked. Ha! It's amazing I had no idea I was that aweful until I watched myself, and then I realized that zumba is harder than it looks! Hips dont lie? No sweetheart, my hips DID lie, because had I known I was dancing like a cat on catnip I wouldve stopped lol.
Body pump class!
I have a hard time getting over to the weights section of the gym because of the "big-scary-gym" factor (see previous blog titled "big scary gym.) I decided that body pump class would be a good alternative to that, since it is done with weights and an instructor. I must have underestimated the amount of work that is done in that hour, because the next day, I could barely move. HOLY FREAKIN SORE BATMAN. Have you ever dropped something on the floor when youre sore and had to have your kid pick it up for you because you felt like your muscles just went through a meat grinder? Yeah, that was me! VERY EFFECTIVE class, thats for sure, and I will be attending it 3x a week from now on!
There is a reason I have Sh'Bam listed last, and there is a reason that it has so many exclamation marks. This is single handedly the most fun I have EVER had in a class before. I showed up to this class to find 3 instructors dressed in capes, masks, and tights - I was already sold before we even started dancing!! Sh'Bam is easier than zumba, and the moves are bigger and more fun to do. I am pretty sure Im going to show up in a mask and a cape at some point too at this rate! I always leave that class with an enormous smile (borderline creeper smile actually, with the really wide eyes and full teeth showing) and in a great mood! I decided that 2015 would be my year to become a certified Les Mills instructor for Sh'Bam class because I have never felt such a passion for anything like I have for that class. Do it!!!
I have many more classes to try out, but for now, I am enjoying the time I have spent in these ones. Between the creepy smile, the sore crotch, and the inability to move, these classes have made my life just like a sit com for the people who get to watch. I am loving trying new things, and I have learned that with every thing in life, there is good, and there is bad. You get to decide whether the bad outweighs the good, or whether the good outweighs the bad. Have a good week peeps, and as always, GO HARD OR GO HOME!