So yesterday evening after work I readied myself and went to gym. I have decided to try the aerobics classes as I am not wired for individual workouts(see Decembers hectic fitness routine…oh wait…there was none!).
Last week was a particularly gruelling “Shape Mix” class which left me on the verge of passing out and my muscles giving me grief for the next 24 hours. I’d like to thnk of myself as fit, but anyone that knows me, knows they won’t be finding me doing any endurance exercises, so the fact that I was able to survive teclass was a miracle. Overall I loved it. There is nothing better than a workout that leaves you hot and sweaty.
I give the Shape Mix class a sterling 8 out of 10. Perfect for those that regularly do exercise, an always moving, high paced and energetic class. I would also highly recommend this class to men as it is very challenging.
Yesterday evening I was looking forward to a “Retro Aerobics” class. to my bitter dissapointment I arrived only to find they were doing a “Zumba Fitness” demo. I have nothing against Zumba itself, all fitness programs that work are awesome, but not all people are going to like it.
Zumba is a combination of Latin dance and exercise. Now I have no problem burning calories, but I have a huge problem making an ass out of myself in front of 40 plus women attending the class. Why will I make an ass of myself?
Well I was born with notoe but two left feet. I am totally uncoordinated and I cannot keep rythme – This I know for a fact as I had taken dance classes when I was younger and after the first examination I was told exactly that. My dreams as a dancer were shattered from that day onward. I now leave complicated dance manouvers to other more skilled friends, or on the odd occasion, when I have had perhaps a little too much to drink, I might whip out the bizarre move.
No, when it comes to dancing I do the bare mininum, shuffle from side to side and occasionally throw my hands up in the air.
So back to this Zumba demo. Complete and utter disaster, I was moving right when everyone was moving left. Moving forward when we were supposed to be moving backward and clapping hands when everyone else was touching their feet. Yes I looked completel and utterly spastic. I had a good laugh, I felt compleely anduttely ridiculous and there it was either leave class or laugh, becuase some of those moves…well yeah…some of them are downright embarressing.
Another thing, although the class was physically challenging, it wasn’t as strenous as I would have hoped it to be. I was actually considering doing the following class just so that I could build up a decent sweat. But chores at home were calling to me so I had no other choice but to leave.
I give Zumba a meager 3 out of 10, the best thing about the class was the music, which wasn’t even fantasic. Otherwise this class is designed for beginners who have some idea of how to dance.
Tonight I have a “Move” class, which is another form of aerobics. So lets see how it goes.