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When I started this blog three years ago (yikes!) most of my posts were about running. Since then, my fitness focus has changed a lot.

Group fitness classes have become my favorite kind of exercise. Here are a few reasons why I love them so much.

– No need to count reps

I don’t know why, but I simply hate counting reps! This is probably why I could never stick to a strength training routine. The thought of doing 10 exercises for 15 reps and a total of 3 sets makes my brain hurt. At a group fitness class, I just do as many reps as the instructor tells me. That makes me very happy.

– Switch off your brain

Well, not completely, of course. I usually hit the gym after a long, draining work day, and I don’t have enough brain power left to think about what kind of exercise I want or should do. Classes offer a pre-designed training program, and if I like it, I’ll come again, if I don’t, I’ll simply try a different class or instructor.

– Social interactions

Don’t get me wrong, my co-workers are a funny and entertaining bunch, but they are all male. My friends are all busy and live in different cities, so I usually don’t see them during the week. My husband also travels a lot because of his job, and being home alone is just not fun. I really enjoy spending some time with the ladies at the gym, even if we don’t talk much (I’m shy!), at least we are sweating together. Is that gross?

– Additional motivation

I’ve also realized that I work a lot harder in group fitness classes. When I exercise by myself, I might be tempted to cut my workout short, skip reps, etc. That rarely happens in class. If the instructor tells me to do ‘just 8 more reps’, I’ll give all I have to finish that set.

– Automatic variety

I get bored easily and love trying new things. Our instructors make sure to provide variety, either by using different props (resistance bands, stability balls, drum sticks, etc.), or by introducing new moves. And if that’s not enough, I can also try a completely new class, as there are plenty to choose from.

– Time flies when you’re having fun

Especially our Zumba class is like a big party, and also the other classes are so much fun that those 60 minutes feel a lot shorter. Imagine running on a treadmill or lifting weights for 60 minutes! At least for me, that would feel like an eternity.

Do you like group fitness classes, too? Or do you prefer to workout by yourself?

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Back in January I got the chance to finally try a Zumba class. For a few weeks I had so much fun, but then I decided to take a break to focus on training for my spring race. This class appears to be extremely popular, so I won’t be able to get back into it until late September!

Fortunately, I recently found out that there is another class not too far from where I live. A few weeks ago I gave that class a try, and was surprised to find that those two classes have a lot in common, but are also a little different in some aspects.

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My first class was tought by a young man named Mario, the second one is hosted by Lynroy. Both are certified Zumba instructors, so a lot of the songs and moves were quite similar. But their professional backgrounds are totally different! While Mario is a ballroom dance instructor, Lynroy is a former kickboxing champion and also teaches kickboxing to adults and children. So it’s no surprise that their teaching styles are quite different.

Mario usually introduces new moves by explaining them thoroughly and doing them half-time, and often shouts commandos and gives lots of nonverbal cues. Lynroy just goes through the whole choreography at normal speed, and you have to figure out the moves by yourself. I’d say that Mario’s class is more beginner friendly, while Lynroy’s class is probably more suitable for advanced Zumba students.

All the differences aside, both classes are fun and sweaty. Very sweaty. I slightly prefer Mario’s teaching style and personality (he’s such a  goofball!), but I’ll surely come to Lynroy’s class again, whenever I feel like shaking my hips.

Have you ever tried Zumba? Did you like it?

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Windy Friday

After feeling a little off and very tired for the past few days, I’m proud to announce that I did in fact run 5 miles today. Against strong headwinds half of the time. It was quite chilly out there today, and the last 2.5 miles were very tough, but I’m so proud that I finished this run.

The Stats:

  • Distance: 5.0 miles (8,0 km)
  • Time: 58:00 minutes
  • Average pace: 11:35 min/mile
  • Feeling: Breezy

Not that bad for my current fitness level, I’d say. I’ve just noticed that my average pace has been very consistent lately, that’s interesting. My legs are totally shot right now, I’ll probably pay for that run tomorrow.

Speaking of fitness, on Wednesday night I went to my very first Zumba class! Yes, my little village has finally discovered the trend and is now offering a few classes. As it is technically a beginners’ class, I expected it to start slowly. Boy, was I wrong! While most of the moves were relatively easy to follow, I was gasping for air and sweating buckets within minutes! Our instructor is just plain nuts. He’s a professional dance instructor by day, and I’ve never ever seen a guy moving his hips like that. Crazy!

That class was definitely a great cardio workout, but it actually wasn’t the big, fat party that I had expected. Oh well, maybe it’s just me. I’m very shy. Let’s see what the next few Wednesdays will bring.

On that note, happy weekend!

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