Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Back in my younger years I loved group fitness classes....back in the 80s I did aerobics and then in the 90s I did step. Up to about seven years ago I did Power Sculpting classes. But these days I am so out of shape and I prefer to do solitary workouts or sometimes I walk with one other person - usually my husband or a friend. I really don't mind working out by myself because it gives me time to think and just have a break from my rat race life.
So, because of the extreme heat and humidity, and the fact that I work out at lunch time, I joined the fitness center at work a couple of weeks ago and took my workouts inside. I've been using the treadmill there and working out on the weight machines. I home I have been doing a Jillian Michaels DVD, riding my exercise bike, or going for a short evening walk.
But now some of my co-workers are trying to get me to go to a Power Sculpt class. Frankly, I don't know if I want to work out that way with my co-workers. And I am in such bad shape physically that I don't know if I can do it. It consists of lots of jumping jacks, squats, lunges, going up 12 flights of stairs a couple of times, dumb bells and push ups. I am so weak and my knees (especially the right one) are in terrible shape. They tell me that I don't have to do everything if I am unable, or I can modify if I need to. I tell them I am not strong enough for a class like that (even walking winds me) and I can't even do one push up. I need to build up to a class like that. They tell me that is what the class is for, to build up strength and stamina. The class is small, maybe eight or so people in it, so I am going to know everyone. I know that I should't be embarrassed in front of my co-workers, but I am. I don't want them to know what a wimp I am.
I've lost a lot of weight and I only have a few pounds to go, but I am in desperate need of toning and firming. This class would go a long way to achieving that. But I just think it is going to be too much for me at this time. I've been told that people can hardly walk for two or three days after because of painful muscles. I am inclined to keep doing what I am doing for a couple more months and then try the class. But another part of me says to GO FOR IT! I just need to decide.