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Group Fitness Class

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.
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    Is that the only class that is available? I understand not wanting to do something so outside your fitness zone (and with co-workers! I would never!). But if there is something you think might be a better fit for you at this time, consider that. I started with Zumba and worked my way up to tougher classes.

    But trust that the people in the room won't be laughing at you. Tough is tough, and everyone knows it!

    1671 days ago
    You can do it! I take a group body pump class, and I used to get so worked up because I could barely do the ab and shoulder track at the end...I always thought everyone would laugh at me for not being able to do something, but thankfully, everyone is more concerned with them doing it themselves :) and because of that class I can do a push-up, ok, it's from my knees but it still counts!
    1671 days ago
    1678 days ago
    Oh that is a tough decision. For myself, I would probably keep on with the current schedule, but , there is the the other end with the challenges.... Best to you on your decision, Gloria. I am sure you will make the one that works best for you!
    Hugs, Kathy
    1679 days ago
    That is a hard decision to make. I would take my time and really think about it before I committed to join the group. Especially when what you are doing is working and you have just joined a fitness center. emoticon
    1681 days ago
    The only way to get stronger is to do it.
    You can modify and work to your ability.
    1681 days ago
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