That's that you love your Group X classes and you go with someone from orientation. I was an orientation team leader at my college this year and I had lots of fun even through I was a leader!
Recently I tried Zumba but it just doesn't seem to burn as many calories as I would like either. Personally, I think it my instructor! I am hoping they bring it as a Group X class soon!
As for yoga, I find it boring, too. When I work out, I want to feel like I actually did something. Spinning sounds like the class I would be more interested in. I might have to check that out at the local YMCA!
At UTT, we have free fitness classes, and I hope to try them all! I'm like you in that I'm a competitive person, and workout with other people is what motivates me to push myself to the limit. The first day that I tried the school gym, I texted a girl I met at student orientation and asked her to be my workout buddy. She was very happy that I asked, and ever since then we have been doing aerobics on Tuesdays and Thursdays and spinning on Mondays. She has a personal training session on Wednesdays and Fridays which leaves me to force myself to workout on my own, but it's great having those three days a week that I'm actually looking forward to exercising!
To answer your question; I've tried zumba, and I liked it, but I didn't feel like I got the cardio workout that I really needed after a day of sitting on my bum in class. It's a lot of fun and definitely a way to get some exercise in, but if you are a really experienced exerciser, you are probably not going to brake out in a good sweat. That said, I have also tried Yoga, and it was pretty much just a stretching session. I'm not a fan of yoga "meditations," so it was fine if I wanted to stretch for an entire hour. Problem is, I like to stretch, but not for more than five minutes. It gets boring.
So the classes that I enjoy most are aerobics which is pretty much the 70's style step aerobics with fun dance moves and really good strength training thrown in. It's so much fun! It's a great way to stay in shape for the average person who doesn't want to look like a body builder or isn't training for a marathon.
Spinning is great too, and even though it isn't as much fun as aerobics, it's a way more intense workout if you want it to be, and again, having the instructor there with other classmates really gives you the motivation to push through the entire hour.
I'm a fan of group fitness more than any other kind of exercise. I'm super proud and also super competitive, having people there "watching" me work out makes me push myself far harder than I do when I workout on my own.
What are your favorite kinds of exercise that involve groups, large or small? What works best?
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