I have decided to try out 5 different workouts for 2017. I will commit to each workout for 5 weeks and write a post based on my experience. The review will be honest and not influenced at all, after all none of these classes are for free . This is me, trying to keep in shape while finding the best workout that helps you reach your goals quicker, efficiently and while having fun.
1. Boxing workout
This week was my first week at boxing and can I just say I underestimated this workout. Week 1 of any exercise is tough, so I’m mentally prepared for the challenge and willing to ride it out. Right now my thighs are dead, which is a good thing believe it or not. One of my goals for the year is to have solid thighs. Not over the top rigid, more like firm smooth, no wobbly thighs. I would’ve have expected this workout to be more focused on arms. Amazingly, it’s an overall body workout. I did more squating that throwing jabs. So lets see how that goes.
2. Pole dancing
I went to those try-out classes years back and honestly loved Pole dancing. It makes one feel so good and confident. Do not though, underestimate the strength required for that pole. Like boxing, you won’t ever get huge or bulky though as you’re always working with your natural body weight. The benefits I’m looking forward to are flexibility, body toning and increase in confidence. Cant wait for this one.
3. Running Marathons
I run yes, but for some reason dread marathons. It might have to do with the pressure that comes with it. So this year I will be pushing myself. My yummy mummy crew and I already have a whats app group and we know which marathons we’ll be going for. I have run a 21km twice before, and I thought I was dead, really. So my goal is to run 21 km with comfort, or at least improve on my finish times.
Spinning is very popular, especially among people who don’t care for traditional exercise classes. There are no complicated dance moves to follow, and since you control your bike’s tension, you can stay within a comfortable exercise zone for your fitness level, while still feeling like you’re “keeping up” with the class. Unlike actual cycling, there are no worries about lagging behind the pack. Everyone finishes together. And everyone gets a great workout. Spinning scorches about 7.2 to 13.6 calories per minute, or about 500 calories per class. I used to love spinning until I let my gym membership collapse (yes I did). This is one workout I can’t wait to revisit.
Apparently, once you start with zumba you can never go back. It’s that addictive. “The average person will burn around 600 to 1,000 calories in a Zumba class. With the classes choreographed to provide intervals of intensity in both pace of music and type of movements, class members’ energy expenditure is maximized for fat-burning benefits”… this is what caught my attention. From this alone, I definitely want to give it a try. Because of it’s addictive nature, I will leave Zumba for last.