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…
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.
Have you ever been disappointed by a group fitness class?