Spice it up

Between Zumba and running, I feel like I have a pretty decent workout schedule. I enjoy my fitness routine, but sometimes, it’s fun to spice it up. (P.S. – I’ve even started adding my weekly fitness log to the blog —-> in the right column! Check it out!)

Like last night.

I attended a Turbo Kick class at Kent Athletic Center.

(demoing a fun move for Shane!)

It was awesome! Maria, the instructor, was wonderful…she chatted with me beforehand, offered tips (it was my first kickboxing class ever!), and was super enthusiastic. It felt great!

I impressed myself – I was able to keep up! The hardest part for me was not moving my hips to the music 🙂 Gotta love Zumba!

It reminded me what it’s like to be a student in a class…a new student, too! After teaching so many classes, it’s sometimes tough to imagine what it might be like for a new student. It was neat being on the other side; it gave me a great perspective that will help when new students come to visit my classes. It’s also nice to see different teaching styles; I love learning and constantly aim to improve my techniques.

Since I was able to attend a class as a new student last night, I thought I’d share some of my tips and tricks for joining a new fitness class!

Show up. On time if you can! Showing up is half the battle…bite the bullet and give it a try!

Breathe. It sounds simple, but sometimes the thought of trying something new is enough to tense you up…you’ll feel it in your shoulders the most. Just breathe! Relax!

Introduce yourself to the instructor. Don’t hide in the back corner! As a group fitness instructor, I can honestly tell you that I love meeting new people in class. I love seeing new faces, and it means so much when those new faces come up and say hello. Feel free to also ask about different moves, “How can I improve this” etc. – we’re here to help!

Go at your own pace. It’s okay! You don’t have to try to reach the level of every other person in class. Be safe — you know your abilities, your medical history, etc. – do what’s right for you. Even last night at the new class I attended, it was neat to see the varying levels in all the students…but the best part? Everyone was working their hardest. You can tell!

Drink water. And take a break if you need to. You will not be judged for slowing down or stopping…think of the class as a big family!

And, most importantly…

Have fun. Because fitness is fun! Especially in a group setting. Everyone there wants to workout, have fun, and learn from one another. It’s the neatest environment!

I love spicing it up with new classes…I’ll definitely return to Turbo Kick — it made me feel so powerful!

If anything, it was a lovely break from my running partner!

(I can’t wait to start running outside again!)

Three cheers for fitness fun!!!

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One Response to Spice it up

  1. Allie says:

    I love Zumba!! So fun, it doesn’t even feel like you’re working out. I love the tips, it can definitely be nerve wracking trying out a new class! I’m soo ready for the weather to warm up too, I hate the dreadmill! Wish we lived closer so we could run together instead of that terrible running partner haha

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