Shell shock.
Did I mention that I’m trying out all the classes at my gym? Well, I am. I got inspired last week and took in a session of Body Pump, which nearly killed me. It’s basically synchronized weight lifting to music, and even though I used the least amount of weight possible I still couldn’t walk for two days. I did it again later in the week and it went much better, though. I’m gonna keep doing that one. Then on the weekend I tried out Pilates, which I thought was BORING. Seriously. It wasn’t even as stretchy or breathey as I expected. It was like baby yoga. I have changed my mind about it slightly, since I woke up the next day with crazy soreness in unusual places, like the sides of my abs and my triceps. So obviously I got something out of it. But overall, I wasn’t impressed.

So tonight’s experiment? A beginner’s step/aerobics class. Okay, those of you who know me in person are probably laughing at this point. Why? Because I’m the clumsiest person ever. I can be walking on a perfectly flat street with nothing nearby and fall flat on my face. So I want you all therefore to picture me, big ol’ clumsy me, huffing and puffing and flailing away on the babiest step they had. It was comical. Our instructor and the rest of the class would be bouncing around in syncronized step perfection and I’d be going the wrong way with the wrong leg at the wrong time. Regardless, I toughed it out for half an hour until we switched it up to aerobics. Then I really made an ass out of myself. I haven’t done “the grapevine” since high school, and it seriously showed. I actually bumped into the girl next to me, like, three times because my body persisted in “step-touching” left when everyone else was going right. The extra loud music and yelling of the instructor was just so confusing. It was nearly as bad as spinning. Within ten minutes I gave up and hauled my bewildered ass to an exercise bike. I don’t think I’ll be doing any more that.

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  1. congrats for giving so many a try! i’m thinking about trying spinning when i get back to VA, but you seriously couldn’t pay me to do any of those other classes. although a dare would probably work… 😉

  2. LMAO! I’ll be tickled by that all day long b/c I nearly broke myself yesterday carrying some boxes at work when my ankle decided it was time to sit down. Luckily no one saw me, but I think they all heard the explosion of laughter from your truly. Whew! I’m still chuckling. I’ll probably break something moving this weekend. *fingers crossed*

  3. I glad my pain gave you some amusement, cousin. 🙂

  4. I have to say, I totally agree with you about Pilates… I went to one class, thinking it would be, somehow, difficult, and I’d feel wonderful afterwards… and nothing, nada, zip. So –either I just hadn’t a clue of the correct way to do the moves, or… it’s the emperor’s new workout. I highly rate Body Pump, though — the first class I took I used the teeniest weights, I felt a bit embarrassed looking around at these mini-women in class loading up on tons of kilos — but it was amazing how quickly I built up my strength (although I *still* use less than the mini-women!)

  5. I did Pump again last night, and I still like it (even though our instructor was this huge weightlifter guy with absolutely no sense of rhythm). I’m still just using the bar, but I can see myself maybe adding some small weights in the coming weeks.

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