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Aqua Zumba Velva

Friday, September 10, 2010

(Because Jaymurz's comment on my "Aqua Zumba" blog yesterday nearly made my mate spit coffee)

I promised I'd report back on yesterday's adventures in splashing around attempting to dance in water up to my chest.

Lessons learned -

1) Get "pool shoes" (and ASAP, before the stores take them off the shelves for the season) - nothing like having your feet slip out from under you while trying to change directions. emoticon

2) Bring water - I'd left my water bottle in my locker, and the instructor sent everyone who had water back in the locker-room to go get it before she'd start. "You're sweating, you just don't know it 'cause you're in the water!" I found it interesting that she actually reminded us to take water breaks between songs - on land she just keeps going, but with us in the pool she made a point of reminding us - smart.

3) It won't feel like you got as intense a work out as you do on land...until LATER! OMG, I woke up to go potty in the middle of the night and could barely MOVE - so much for "this was too easy"!

The instructor told us as we were getting started that she's done it in the water before (she lead the class "on land", using a chair when we had to do things like jumping certain ways in the water so she could show us the moves), and warned us that it's VERY different, but once you get used to it, it's an incredible work out. She's right - the resistance of the water provides a "strength training" aspect you don't get as much of on land, and the buoyancy of being in the water kept it from feeling quite as much like cardio (at least as far as the intensity of regular Zumba anyway). Like I said, I didn't feel like I'd gotten as intense of a work out as I do with regular Zumba after the class, and was a little dubious about it (even though it WAS a blast)...until later, when the full impact of all that water resistance hit me.

FWIW, this was also the first time I'd taken ANY of the "aquatic classes" at the Healthplex. I was really impressed - this wasn't even the "therapy pool" (where they have specific warm water classes), and the water was NOT all that cold. And I love the fact the Healthplex provides you with everything you need but the bathing suit - they have big fluffy towels AND nifty machine that'll dry your suit for you (not completely, but it spins out the majority of the water so you're not carrying a dripping suit home in your car). They even provide soap and shampoo dispensers in the shower stalls! I so love my gym!

Final verdict? I'll be back. Though I definitely want to continue doing Zumba on land too, just so I learn the moves and get better at the "dancing" part. But for days when I'm in too much of a rush to get there by 9am, or on days when my joints are complaining, it makes an excellent alternative.

I think next week's new adventure (as I continue my ongoing quest to try something new every week) will be Cardio Mix (maybe...we're heading north to Kent on Thursday for the weekend next week, and those classes are usually on Fridays, so that one may need to wait until the following week). Which reminds me...I need to start working on my plan for getting my exercise in while we're out of town this time. Camp in July was fairly easy, but this will be a hotel at a very busy intersection...pondering is.

  
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DRAGONSPITTLE 9/11/2010 12:57PM

    Huzzah! I am so glad I got a reveiw! Once I get over to the Y to sign up, I am so going to try that!

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HIPPICHICK1 9/11/2010 9:58AM

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QUEEN_REINA 9/11/2010 7:48AM

    This sounds so fun! I want to try it too!

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SGKAYLOR 9/11/2010 4:02AM

    I've done Zumba on land but in the water sounds like a lot of fun!!

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FLAMENM 9/10/2010 10:36PM

    Water resistance is a slippery thing. There's a reaspn swimmers are so muscular...

Glad you enjoyed teh class.

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CEIL46 9/10/2010 3:10PM

    Thanks for the info on Aqua Zumba. I talked to our WA instructor last night and she is going to look into it. I doubt our gym will sponsor it, but it certainly never hurts to try.

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LUCKYDOGFARM 9/10/2010 12:51PM

    I am so envious that you have a gym! with teachers! I am so glad you have this opportunity and are using it!!

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IRISH_AGUIRRE 9/10/2010 12:31PM

  So cool!

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JAYMURZ 9/10/2010 10:28AM

    Always glad to help! emoticon

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JONEIL513 9/10/2010 10:23AM

    I'm glad the aqua zumba went so well, it sounds like a really interesting and fun workout! I agree that doing workouts in water feels too easy.. until later that is!! You're gym sounds so awesome i'm totally jealous!

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ZCTMMOM1 9/10/2010 7:50AM

    Hey I heard Over the Rhine might be in Marion....are you and Yote coming up this way?

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Friday Friend Day - Double Feature!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Since I totally spazzed it last week (remember that whole "too much to do" blog?), you get to meet TWO awesome new sparkpeople today! And by new I mean one who JUST joined and made a spark page, and one who's been on SP for a bit but just added pictures and their first blog yesterday. So, lets's get to it, shall we? Our Friday Friend Day features this week are...
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DOLLFITNESS and REBOOTMYLIFE!!! emoticon

DOLLFITNESS is a trainer at my gym, and quite the little sparkplug! I can see why they have her as the first person to get people set up on machines, etc - she's as friendly and bubbly as they come! She says hi every time she sees me, and having sparked her, I'm hoping she'll help me spread the spark to the rest of the HealthPlex! She's a runner - I got evidence of how MUCH of a runner when she took FIRST in the women at the Cheetah Run last weekend! Wow! I'll take at least a LITTLE credit for that, as I believe she went mostly 'cause I badgered her about it the entire week before (she'd been invited to go to the lake with friends, and was debating which to do). emoticon She also does marathons (note the plural there...wow) - I know, for instance, that she'll be volunteering at a marathon in Dayton next month. So go welcome DOLLFITNESS to sparkpeople and cheer her on!

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=DO
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Wow...where do I start in describing REBOOTMYLIFE? (Not to give short shrift to DOLLFITNESS, I've just known him a lot longer). I've actually known him longer than this represents (I remember his posts when his daughter was born), but he and I really "met" on September 5, 2005 (yes dear, we just had our five year...anniversary? Not sure what to call it anymore, but there it is) when he'd posted up some stuff that had me worried about him on the Low Carb board I was frequenting back then (remember, did Atkins in 2003, lost 65 lbs, largely due to the support on said low carb message board and my friends there, one of whom - ZCTMMOM1 - you've already met). I sent him a PM while I was at work that night, and was surprised that he responded in a few minutes. "Dude, what are you doing up so late?" got the response that he was working, AND come to find out he worked at one of the telephone providers we used for our data circuits! We started e-mailing regularly, and a relationship was born, a relationship that started me back on the path of being MYSELF (because at the time my now ex-husband had insisted on closing the relationships to just him, me, and our wife who wasn't bi...and the situation was slowly killing me). Rather than go into the long meandering details (or this blog will probably kill SP's servers), suffice it to say I ended up building a relationship with him AND his wife (and their daughter, who dubbed me honorary aunt within moments of our first meeting) - I was their girlfriend for several years. We went through a lot together, including the birth and death (from SIDS at 2 months) of their second child, their move from Austin to Atlanta, my divorce and rebuilding my life with 'Yote (and THEIR ensuing friendship - I swear REBOOTMYLIFE was happier to see 'Yote than me when we visited them in Atlanta, 'cause he had a buddy to geek out with), the birth of their now 9 month old son, and their eventual finding of other loves who lived closer and subsequent divorce. It's been about a year and a half since the "girlfriend" relationship shifted to "friend/chosen family" - I don't consider them (either of them) "exes" exactly, since we never broke up really - we just transitioned into a non-dating role as they both found they were more suited to monogamy, and that's totally okay. REBOOTMYLIFE is now learning how to live as a single dad, and I'm REALLY proud of him for taking this time to reassess his life and discover who HE is and what he wants and needs in life. He's been getting himself together in all kinds of ways, and though I know he struggles with loneliness sometimes, he's doing what he needs to do for HIMSELF right now, and that makes him a hero in my book.

Oh, something else you should know? He's about twice my size...as in, he TOWERS over me at 6'8" tall. No really - he has to duck in doorways. :) He's also a brilliant IT guy, a gamer (he was in on the plot to get 'Yote the XBox), and total technophile. AND shares - he passed "The Borg" (aka his iPod) on to 'Yote when he got his iPhone...the iPhone which is now in MY possession since he upgraded to the iPhone4. Oh, and we're STILL on his "family phone plan" - which is why we live in Cincinnati and have Atlanta cell numbers (as does our ex-girlfriend too actually - we'd gotten her on the plan while we were together, and she's still using the same phone).

SO - go welcome my dear dear friend/family member REBOOTMYLIFE to sparkpeople! You're gonna love him as much as I do - guaranteed!

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=RE
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LUCKYDOGFARM 9/10/2010 11:42PM

    Euphrates, i sure don't know how you keep track of all that you do! my brain just went in to overload!

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GEEKYGRANDMOMMY 9/10/2010 7:04AM

    Thanks for sharing.

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EUPHRATES 9/10/2010 6:32AM

    Here's hoping - I still gotta snuggle that baby boy of yours!
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REBOOTMYLIFE 9/10/2010 5:26AM

    Thanks hon :) I took my time getting here but I'm liking it :) Hopefully you guys can make it down here and check out my new place when I move in November.



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Ain't no mountain high enough!

Friday, September 10, 2010

One of my biggest goals on this path to better health and fitness is to get to the point I can go hiking with my kids. Understand - both my sons (we're talking the red-heads here) were boy scouts, and were part of what is called a "High Adventure" troop - they went on some kind of camp out every month (yep, can you imagine sleeping in tents during the coldest week of January? My sons can more than imagine it...they've done it...brrrrrrrr). My older son also got to go on 2 High Adventure trips (which they did every few years or so) - one hiking trip to Boundary Waters in Canada, and one to Sea Base (scuba diving) with his dad. The younger of the two lost interest when his older brother stopped going, and never got to go on any of those major campouts - something I feel bad about. *sigh* So when I say hiking, I'm not talking about a walk around one of our local parks - I'm talking SERIOUS hiking, with a backpack and tents, out in the wilderness somewhere. So for today's inspirational photo, I went searching for images of people hiking - imagine my delight when the first pic that caught my eye turned out to be an image from the Vermont Outdoor Guide Association website! www.voga.org/hiking.htm I am SO bookmarking this link!

  
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LUCKYDOGFARM 9/10/2010 11:52PM

    pertyful!

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JAYMURZ 9/10/2010 10:27AM

    Good for you! My wife and I Scouters with 2 Eagles as sons. Going on High Adventure is really the abso bestest part of Scouts!

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HIPPICHICK1 9/10/2010 9:01AM

    Bee-yooo-tee-ful!

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NOTMILK 9/10/2010 6:43AM

    The Smoky mountains is a great place to start. You can work your way up to some pretty serious trails. Let me know if you are interested and I can give you the run down on where to stay and point you to some good starter trails.

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BUCKEYESKIER 9/10/2010 5:02AM

    What a great goal to work for! You will be there with them before you know it !!

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QUEEN_REINA 9/10/2010 3:45AM

    Sounds like they had a wonderful active life! You will be right there with them, before you know it!

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DANCE FEVER!

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Today's inspirational photo - and I'm not sure if it's the dancing, the landscape, or the swirling rainbow that appeals to me more, but this image just sings to my spirit.



Here's the site I found the photo on (first time I ever wished I lived in Alaska):

www.dancebarefootmuse.com/

Meanwhile...guess what *I* just found while looking for dance inspiration...
POLE DANCING LESSONS! IN DAYTON! Yeah, it's an hour away, but on a Sunday? I could totally do that! And even better...they have a SWING DANCE NIGHT the first Saturday of every month, which is only $5 a person and includes a lesson at 8pm and then open dancing after...and my mate DID agree to go swing dancing with me...MUHAHAHAHAHA!

Pole dancing info: www.kirasoasis.com/classes/adultclas
ses.html

Swing dancing info: www.kirasoasis.com/events/swing_nigh
t.html


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IRISH_AGUIRRE 9/9/2010 4:30PM

  Fantastic!!!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 9/9/2010 11:44AM

    you will have to do a photo blog of your swing and pole dancing!

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JONEIL513 9/9/2010 10:51AM

    that picture is stunning! it put a smile on my face on a dreary day emoticon Yay for more dancing classes, pole dancing is a fantastic workout, I have never done it but I know people who have and its a great way to rock that sexy vibe!

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EVERLEARNING 9/9/2010 10:45AM

    What a marvelous picture!

The dance classes sound great. Can't wait to hear the reports!

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JAYMURZ 9/9/2010 10:30AM

    Beautiful, and wonderful!

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FLAMENM 9/9/2010 9:44AM

    That is a very inspiring photo!

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DAP1313 9/9/2010 7:42AM

    I can see how the picture would sing to you. I think dancing is a great way to get in shape. Though pole dancing would not be in my future for awhile unless it's like the pole the firefighters use. emoticon



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SAMI199 9/9/2010 4:40AM

    Sounds like fun...Love the picture! emoticon

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EVILENGLISH 9/9/2010 4:01AM

  So jealous! I wish there were classes like that near me!

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AQUA Zumba?

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

My mate says it sounds like the name of a band (yep, every time I mention it). emoticon

But seriously - I got to the gym yesterday to find notices up all over that they are starting an AQUA Zumba class on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:15 AM (after the regular Zumba class).

I SO know what my new exercise for the week will be this week! I'm trying it out tomorrow (and if it's as awesome as I expect it to be, my ankles will be MUCH happier with me, AND I won't have to do the rushrushrush thing from work).

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JAYMURZ 9/9/2010 10:32AM

    Combine with after shave? Aqua Zoomba Velva? bwahahaha!

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EVERLEARNING 9/9/2010 1:24AM

    Sounds like a hoot!
Have a blast!

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LUCY_SHADOW 9/8/2010 11:25PM

    I tried Aqua Zumba when I was at the lake a couple weeks ago. It was WAY harder than regular Zumba and I was sweating like crazy! Have fun with it!

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QUEEN_REINA 9/8/2010 11:12PM

    That sounds fun! Let us know how it turns out!

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SANDYSLAND 9/8/2010 9:26PM

    Let us know how it goes...

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IRISH_AGUIRRE 9/8/2010 7:53PM

  Sounds like a blast!

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AIDELADE27 9/8/2010 2:11PM

    That sounds very cool!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 9/8/2010 2:07PM

    sounds fun Euphrates. you will have to tell us all about it.

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GEEKYGRANDMOMMY 9/8/2010 2:05PM

    Sounds great

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JONEIL513 9/8/2010 10:10AM

    that sounds really fun!! can't wait to hear how it goes!

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ODIROM 9/8/2010 7:08AM

    Please let me know....i LOVE Zumba, but I R too heavy to go without pain...this sounds RIGHT ON....

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FCARMICH 9/8/2010 7:02AM

  good luck

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