Holy dance moves Batman!
Okay, so maybe BODYATTACK isn’t really dancing, at least presumably not compared to Zumba or BODYJAM. But it is still a very fast-paced choreographed routine that I was not great at. And when I say not great, I mean everyone in the class was basically a professional and I just tried not to break my face.
It was mostly a cardio routine that involved a lot of high knees, jumping jacks, and random movements that made me look like I didn’t know what I was doing. Luckily, I was able to keep up with the cardio because I’ve taken a lot of classes now. And even though I had no idea what I was doing, I have come to realize that if I just stand in the back and try to keep up, I can usually figure out mostly what I am doing by half way through the class.
It’s actually given me a lot of confidence! Even though I sign up for a new class thinking “All the other new people in this class will be happy I’m there to make the biggest fool of myself so no one will notice them looking like fools,” it’s usually fine and I know that I can do it, even if I can’t do it well. And also, everyone is too worried about not dying of exhaustion to care about what is going on with anyone else.
My favorite part of the class was when we all ran in a big circle around the room because that’s when I had a chance to get some wind under my sweaty armpits and I didn’t have to coordinate with the music. Per my usual, I stood in the back of the class, and I think the people I stood behind happened to be really good BODYATTACKers so it threw my confidence off. But that’s what this whole experience is about right? Trying new things I’m not confident about and learning what I like, even when I feel nervous at first. I think I would like this class if my body could figure out how to coordinate with music better or I could learn enough of it to jump back into it after a few weeks off from it.
Class taken: Les Mills BODYATTACK @ Fort Ave with Jacqueline "Jax" Stone
Goals to achieve: Touch toes (check!)
Get killer abs (working on it)
Be healthier (always a work in progress)
Try some of the classes that scare me most
What’s going on in my head before I sign up for a class:
“Me: I should really get to the gym and start eating better.
Also Me: You can eat spaghetti on the go if you put it in an ice cream cone”