So I've had my gym membership for just about one month now, and in between trips to New York, trips to Ohio, and this nightmare of a summer grad class... I've actually been going pretty consistently considering my availability. According to the Gold's Gym locker room scale, I'm even down five pounds from when I started. As happy as that makes me, it also makes me wonder how much I might have lost had I actually been following a diet instead of eating fried cheese on a stick at Cedar Point last week!!! :-P Luckily I am back on track food wise (even though Dave likes to sneak yummy chocolate cookies into the house to torture me with!).
Anyway, I chose to get my membership with Gold's Gym for a number of reasons. One reason was the pool (swimming laps at the public pool in 100 degree heat with hundreds of kids screaming and splashing around is not my idea of a good time) another reason was for their classes. Since joining I've been trying to find a class I would be interested in. Cycling burns a lot of calories, but the classes seem so intimidating to me. I heard that body pump is great, but the time of the classes hasn't been working out for me! Eventually the yoga and Pilate classes will spark my interest, but what I really wanted was a good cardio workout that didn't involve me tripping on a box! Luckily, this month my gym introduced BodyJam into their class lineup.
Gold Gym's North Hills describes BodyJam as:
"This addictive fusion of the latest dance moves and hottest new sounds puts the emphasis as much on having fun as breaking a sweat. Funky instructors teach you to move with attitude through this 55-minute class. Go grab a friend and get front and center to get high on the feeling of dance!"
Okay, I'm not exactly the most coordinated person, but this sounded like fun! Plus it is a cardio workout that uses just the body so I don't have to worry about tripping over anything, buying anything, or dropping anything.
I showed up to the gym a half hour early so I decided to warm up and burn a few calories by running on the treadmill for a bit. Turns out that REALLY wasn't necessary!! I walked into the class and noticed that even though the participants were mostly women, a few men joined our group as well. The instructor of the class was a big lady (as in tall and buff) and looked like she could EASILY kick anyone's butt.
The microphone at the gym was down, so prior to starting the workout, the instructor went over some of the more difficult dance moves. As the class began, she would teach us simple moves and build up a choreographed routine to fast-pace hip-hop music in the form of salsa, mambo, and disco. Quickly into our warm up I was already feeling the sweat as I watched my body jiggle in the room's way too many mirrors. Luckily as we danced through the class, I became less and less focused on the mirrors and more focused on how much fun I was having. With so many different levels of fitness and coordination bouncing around the class, it was the perfect workout for anyone.
I left the class feeling exhausted but also feeling great thanks to the endorphin's high. My legs were sore and I could tell my muscles would be hurting in the morning. Looking back, running on the treadmill was a stupid idea considering 55 minutes of cardio was more than adequate in burning calories. I have to keep reminding myself not to push too much. Getting injured is not on the goal's list. :)
BodyJam was an awesome workout and I recommend it for anyone looking to burn calories in a fun, upbeat way.