My March Madness Ends!

04.09.2013 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

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Becky Johnson, Certified Personal Trainer (ACE); IBNFC Certified Nutrition Coach

Even though there is still basketball being played, my "March Madness" is over.

It was so much fun trying new classes and getting back into some that I haven’t had time for. I tried to take a wide variety of classes so that I could challenge myself and maybe find something new to pursue. I visited my parents in Florida in March so I tried a couple classes at the Gold’s Gym in their area. When I go on vacation, I always like to try out classes or get a few sessions with a trainer while I’m there. It’s fun to do something new. Also, as a trainer, it’s important to remember how it feels to be the person being trained.

In Florida I tried a class called Turbo Kick. I really liked this format because it kept me interested and had great music. It’s amazing how motivating good music can be when you’re working out. Turbo Kick is a combination of intense kickboxing moves as well as dance moves all perfectly choreographed to high energy music. It’s the ultimate cardiovascular challenge that’s a unique blend of intense strength and endurance training. I was familiar with most of the moves but not all of them. The sets weren’t too complicated so you could catch on quickly and put a lot of intensity into it. My shoulders were really sore the next day. I was really throwing some punches. My hamstrings were a bit sore too from the roundhouse kicks. Once again, I need more stretching and yoga!

I also tried Power Conditioning. This class was more in my wheelhouse!! I love a good interval strength training class. All we used was a step and weights. We hit just about every muscle group. The only drawback I found was that we did a lot of reps of each exercise. I like variety. I really don’t want to do 10 minutes of lunging. I like to train for strength and not so much for endurance. With that being said, I did like the class. The push up portion was tough!!! I love my push ups but this absolutely “pushed” my limit on my chest muscles.

When I got back home I took a cycling class called RPM. I kept putting this class off because it’s not my favorite. Along with aqua bootcamp. RPM is the indoor cycling workout where you ride to the rhythm of powerful music. The instructor leads you through hills, flats, mountain peaks, time trials and interval training. The classes are always packed so I know people love their spin classes. I’ve heard you get hooked! I’ve never been a big fan of spin but I have to say I got the biggest calorie burn from RPM. I had a puddle of sweat on the floor under my bike. I walked out of class like I had been riding a horse for an hour and my bum was sore. If I continue to ride, I may invest in some padded bike shorts!

Last but not least was the Aqua Boot Camp. Ugh! I really dreaded this class. You have to understand that I’m not the best swimmer. I know enough to save my life but please don’t ask me to do butterfly laps in a pool. I will instantly panic and picture myself on the Titanic! Going down fast!! I told my instructor that I was a novice at aqua bootcamping and that I needed some modifications just in case I needed some easier options. We did a warm up that lulled me into thinking this wasn’t so bad. Arm circles, underwater jogging in place, jumping jacks. Then came the hard stuff. Running laps up and down the pool. Now I’m only 5’2” on a good day. I began taking in water as I got to the deeper end. Just like the Titanic! My nightmare was coming true! Have you ever tried to run in water? It’s tough! We also used foam dumbbells that felt as heavy as iron once you tried to lift them underwater. For the next set of laps, I used a noodle to keep me afloat. That was a big help. All in all, I enjoyed the class once I knew that I could chose between beginner and more advanced options. I don’t know if I will make aqua bootcamp part of my regular class rotation but it’s good to know that if I need some variety, then I can always dip my toe into the pool!

Now I challenge you to try something new. Whether it’s a class like I did, a new sport or maybe a higher goal of whatever you’re doing now. There is comfort in complacency but try to step out of your fitness comfort zone and become an athletic adventurer.

Stay fit and healthy,


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