As part of the Tone it Up Love Your Body Challenge, I make weekly goals for myself. One of my goals for this week is to try a new exercise class. I try not to get stuck in a rut of going to the same classes over and over, but I have certain classes that I definitely favor. I remember last summer when I decided to go to my first Body Pump class. I was completely terrified and so nervous. I had no idea what to expect, and I was worried people were going to judge me for not knowing what I was doing, because, trust me, I had no idea what I was doing. But, it ended up going ok and I really enjoyed it. Now, I try to go to class whenever I can fit it into my schedule.
Now, I still have a list of classes I have never been to that I would love to try. I’m a member of Fitness Connection, so they have all kinds of classes included in my monthly membership, so all I have to do is show up. It’s really humbling because the only thing that is holding me back is myself. Thus, the goal of trying a new class.
Sculpt is listed as a class that involved interval training with a mix of strength and cardio. I think it could be a nice compliment to all of the running I am doing as I am training for this marathon in April. They say that your strength training is just as important as the miles you put in.
2. Body Flow
This class is described as a “pre-choreographed combination of yoga, tai chi and Pilates builds flexibility and strength while leaving you centered and calm. Controlled breathing, concentration and a carefully structured series of stretches, moves, and poses makes this class worth the time.” This sounds perfect. I do love yoga and Pilates, but I’ve never been to a tai chi class before so this combo might be the perfect first step. Plus, it’s a great way to strengthen different muscle groups while stretching and finding balance at the same time.
A lot of my friends go to zumba classes and are obsessed. I’ve never really been one to dance, ahem, at all, but I think it could be fun. And who knows, maybe I’ll end up not being terrible. Maybe.
Kickboxing is martial arts flavor exercises in a cardio format. One of my friends has gone before and said that if you can get past the fact that you are essentially punching and kicking at the air then it is really fun. I’ve seen it on the schedule a few times at the gym and have never taken the initiative to just go. Maybe this week will be a good time to try.
5. Body Combat
I get the idea that this is similar to Kickboxing, in that it has certain martial arts elements incorporated. I have looked to see if there are any videos or more detailed descriptions so that I know what I am getting myself into. Any light that can be shed would be super helpful!
Do you have any classes that are your favorites or that make you feel like you’ve worked super hard? I’d love any suggestions!