Seeking New Ways to Be Active, Trial Workout Classes

It all started with an interest in trying Kickboxing. My friend Giselle and I have known each other for a long, long time, and for at least a decade have talked about doing a kickboxing class together. After finally going after the things I’d only spoken about doing, I knew it was time to make it happen. I got a Groupon for both of us to experience three classes at iLoveKickboxing.com.

I think both of us were pretty nervous stepping into the little gym. We’d been given big boxing gloves and got a peek at the big padded punching bags we’d be punching. But the staff there was so great with us! Usually they want you to do a one-on-one before your first class so they can show you the proper way to hit, but they were nice enough to let us do a two-on-one so we could learn together.

After this little learning session, our first class began but our “private” instructor stayed with us to watch our form and answer any questions. We started with some fun, heart-pounding cardio and then it was time to put on our gloves. Punching and kicking as a workout was so fun! The class seemed to fly by, just like our next two would as well.

When deciding if we were going to continue kickboxing past this, we both wanted to, but we also were eager to try new workout classes now that we’d gotten a taste for a new way to make exercise fun. Giselle and I decided we’d try all the classes we’d heard about or ever wanted to try!

Next we got a Groupon for five barre classes. Having a small dance background (if I can even really claim it), I’d been excited to try barre. This workout used a lot of “ballerina” exercises, which strengthens your whole body by continuous trained movement of certain limbs. Also, after hearing how much my friend Tracy loved it I was beyond ready to try it for myself!

I was not disappointed. It was a very “easy” workout considering it’s one of the few workout classes that has zero cardio. But having a whole hour devoted to strength training was just what I’d been looking for. Two other pluses: working out in a near dark room and having a bunch of mirrors to watch your form (and your face haha).

I run on my own when I can, usually in the months of October to April because of the Texas heat, so I feel fine on cardio. But this is a class I definitely would love to do again when I can find a budget for it. I’ve learned through these special Groupon and trial class periods how expensive an actual membership is to these specialized classes. I’ll be back for you one day, barre class!

For now though, it was time to move on to our most exciting (and scary?) class yet – an unlimited month of dance classes at the Dallas School of Burlesque! (We got these passes as a super good deal on the Wine Walk!) Our first class was a hip hop class, which turned out to be pretty hard. Even as two coordinated people, the fast pace of this class was honestly a bit embarrassing. At least we had each other to laugh with!

We tried a couple of their other classes, but of course the highlight was the burlesque class! It was so fun getting out of my comfort zone, basically just walking slowly and doing subtle moves to show off my curves. The class was more about confidence and fun than a workout, but I could see how some of those hip shakes at a faster tempo could make you break a sweat!

I can’t wait to see what we try next! Keeping workouts interesting is so important to motivating me. Hiking and running is something I enjoy on a mental level because I always have a lot of good ideas, but these special classes train my body in new ways. I’ll be ready for any adventure!

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