When I learned that my gym was offering a specialty hip hop workout class during the month of January, I was super excited.  It sounded like a new and different way to exercise.

And I’m not going to lie, a part of me wanted to go from this…

mba prom

…to this.

The dancer

A girl can dream, can’t she!?

Anyways, I got to the gym a little early (because I fear being late to anything and everything) and spent about 15 minutes warming up on the elliptical. 

At about 6:25, I headed into the studio to “set up” (aka claim my space).  With about 25 people signed up for the class, there was plenty of space to go around.  So you can only imagine how annoyed I was when this couple “set up” right behind me (mind you the entire middle part of the studio was open and waiting for people to claim it).  I readjusted and got over it.

Anyways, the instructor introduced herself and said that each week we will be learning a new and totally different routine.  Most of the class is spent learning the routine in counts of eight and the last 10-15 minutes is reserved for actually putting everything together with the music.

The routine we learned yesterday was relatively simple, but I honestly can’t think of the song for the life of me.  It was fun learning the routine and performing as a class by the end.  And our instructor was awesome – high energy and encouraging.  I definitely tried to channel my inner Chris Urteaga!

As fun as the experience was, a couple of things did bother me.  First, that couple I alluded to earlier was PDAing all over the dance floor, which was a tad bit distracting seeing as they were standing right behind me.  Grrr…  Also, I hardly broke a sweat by the end of the hour, which was really disappointing.  I’ll definitely have to supplement this workout with 30 or so minutes on the elliptical next week. 

So to sum it all up, when taking a specialty hip hop class at your gym, avoid people who think they’re in a club and actually go to the class before thinking it’s going to be the workout of all workouts. 

Lessons learned!

Have you ever been disappointed by a group fitness class?


By Parita

18 thoughts on “Hip to the Hop”
    1. Vishnu is the SAME way and it really irritates me sometimes! They say compromise is the name of the marriage game, so I guess I have to start letting go a little. 🙂

    1. Thanks! And YES! It’s super uncomfortable and as much as I just wanted to ignore them, it was so hard because I could see it all happening in the mirror.

  1. Heheh – I guess this is where to total opposites thing comes in because I am ALWAYS running late to things – even when I leave on time. The universe hates me.

    Hip-hop class sounds so much fun, only because I am pretty much unco in every form of dance except really suggestive Bollywood numbers. Dat’s life.

    And um, ew to the PDA couple. I would have called them out on it hahaha – make them really embarrassed 😛

    1. “Really suggestive Bollywood numbers” -> Hahahahaha! Love it!

      And I have a pretty expressive face, so I’m 99% sure they knew what I thought about their behavior. Some people!

  2. Aww…sorry your class didn’t go as planned. Yes, I’ve been to horrible classes. One being a Masala Bhangara class at my gym, what a disappointment! One girl failed to use deodorant , it stunk so bad, I just had to exit after 30 minutes. On top of that, the moves were so not bhangara. I think Sarina Jain knows best. 🙂

    1. I was actually hoping my gym would offer a Bollywood class of some sort. I don’t think it’d be the same as the real thing but at least I’d get to break it down with some Bollywood songs!

  3. Hahah story of my life- clutch in one hand, drink in the other! Sorry the class didn’t go as planned but at least you’re one step closer to taking over the dance floor! I once did a hip hop class and as hilarious and fun as it was, I didn’t leave feeling like I had worked out! Oh and just for the record, PDA is on the top of my list of things that irk me!

  4. PDA in a fitness class? What is wrong with people! I pretty disappointed the first time I tried Zumba because It was too quick for me to follow along so I didn’t feel like I got a good workout – the second and third times were a lot better though and now I’m pouring with sweat at the end of a good session!

    1. I LOVE Zumba! And you’re right, you have to take at least of couple of classes to really get it. If you can do that, it’s one of the best (and most fun) workouts!

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