I joined a local women’s gym 2 days before my 27th birthday because I wanted to start taking better care of myself, my new job offers to pay for a part of it and I just wanted to try something new.
The only professional fitness classes I’d ever taken was Zumba about 4 years ago. I only went sporadically for about 2 months but it was a lot of fun. It was this cheap place across the street from my office so it worked perfect but then I switched jobs and my new company had a gym so that was that. That was also about 40 pounds ago so the idea of being back in a gym for real seemed pretty horrifying.
The Fear of the New
When you decide to get back in the gym and I mean really get back into it with a plan and a schedule and you’ve put money on the table it can be intimidating. I mean you look at the group class schedule and there are things you’ve never heard of and then you get on Youtube to find examples or Google for definitions and you think “Holy cow! I might die!”
I decided this gym was a good choice because I didn’t have to worry about looking like a hot mess because there are no guys… let’s be honest, I don’t exactly have self-esteem issues but anytime I’ve ever been a member of a gym I roll in with a rat tail hair bun and in my basketball shorts and oversized college t-shirts there is always a girl dressed like one of Rihanna’s backup dancers with her makeup “on fleek” (as the kids say…I might be using that wrong lol) and I feel like a sack of sweaty potatoes…yeah not just potatoes…sweaty potatoes. So the idea of totally cutting out the possibility that I’d see the man of my dreams while I look like death warmed over and am on a machine next to J-Lo’s protegee was super appealing.
So classes offered include Zumba, Plyo, Butts and Guts (have to try this), Circuit Training, Hatha Yoga, Power Yoga Flow, Cross Training, Cycling , Cardio Kickboxing, Yoga Stretch and Piloxing.
One other major thing I was looking for was a gym that had Zumba classes and kickboxing classes. I signed up and then I got the schedule for the classes offered at the 2 different locations and realized that there was no way short of teleportation I’d be on time for the kickboxing classes after work so I dove into Zumba and while it was awesome, it kicked my butt. I still really wanted to punch it out so I decided to try the piloxing class they offer on Friday.
What in the World is Piloxing?
I had about 4 people text me to see what I was doing that night and all 4 had no idea what in the world I was talking about. Piloxing is a non-stop aerobic combination of pilates, boxing, and dance.
When I got to the class the instructor welcomed all of the new faces with a few helpful hints and telling us to take off our shoes (I wish I’d known that before I got my Mr.Rogers on and laced up from my work shoes).
She was an amazing instructor who knew the balance of “push them hard but don’t kill them.” The mix of the different workout types kept your body guessing but also gives the different parts of your body time to rest.
My favorite part of the workout was how low impact it was on my knees. I hurt one of my knees in dance during my freshman year of high school so it was nice to really feel myself crushing a cardio workout without destroying my knees.
It got my heart pumping but was totally doable. The only part that really killed me was the bicycle crunches. Man, I hadn’t done them in probably over a year and 2 days later I’m still feeling it.
One of my favorite things about the class was how supportive everyone was. There was one woman who was telling me about how she started going in February and how it’s made a huge difference. I had a few people even tell me that I did really good and that I better come back. To be honest as soon as it’s 5:30 on Friday I’m ready for a nap followed by a cocktail but all of that can be pushed back because I am going back for sure!
So wish me luck as my gym journey continues. I will keep you updated.