July 5, 2013
I have been having a nightmare trying to get to an aerobics class this week. I have been wanting to do a body conditioning, circuits or legs bum and tums class for a while for my final test of my Zaggora Pants, yesterday I found out my local gyms crèche needs to be booked 6 days in advance, and today when I turned up without Rose I found out my London Fitness Network membership doesn’t allow me to prebook, so I was given a ticket telling me I was 12th in a waiting list.
So I resigned myself to the fact I probably wouldn’t get in and went to the gym to kill some time, I did 10 minutes on the treadmill and 10 on a bike and then I waited to see if there was a space, luckily I managed to get in.
…And boy what a class.
For anyone who thinks that aerobic type classes are for the weak or for half-hearted attempts at fitness you have not done this class.
Some tell-tale signs it was gonna be a toughie
- Men in the class – and lots of them, young and old…and some seriously buffed up chaps
- 2 Industrial sized fans – positioned strategically in opposite corners
- Over 50 people in the class – all justing for position
There is also a theory I have about aerobics classes, and that is that hardcore participants never wear matching kit. These are the people who train everyday and have worn out kit, they tend to wear bandanas on their heads too for sweat control.
The class was fab done to a pumping soundtrack of jungle, house and garage and soul grooves. After a 10 minute boxing inspired cardio blast and some stretches the group was split in two and a series of 60 second exercises were demonstrated, 1 set of strength exercises using hand weights and 1 set of cardio exercises including lunges, burpees, jumping jacks which then switched.
By the end of the 60 minutes I was dripping wet with sweat and bright red in the face, but it felt great. I would not have been able to do this a month ago, so my running has definitely improved my overall fitness in the last few weeks.
I am hoping to fit in a body conditioning class once a week to compliment my running.