Saturday, 26 January 2013

Jump around!

Having recently come face to face with the muffin top, I could hardly wait to get started on some sort of fat-busting exercise. First step, a “Body Attack” aerobics class at my gym. The class description on the Les Mills website promised “sports inspired cardio”. I had no idea what that meant. I had vague memories of trying this particular class about 10 years ago and vowing never to return. But I pushed that out of my mind, scooped up the kids and headed to the gym. The child minding room was full of tiny little bouncy people. And I don't mean the kids. As I took my place in the group fitness room I could see that I was one of the biggest people there – lost in a sea of “yummy mummies”. Gulp.

But guess what? It turns out that aerobics basically involves cranking some happy hardcore tunes and jumping around on the spot for an hour, throwing in the occasional kick or fist pump. This is essentially what I used to do for fun back in my student days! One track in particular was something I used to love back in the day – a happy hardcore remix of Berri's “Sunshine after the rain”. For the uninitiated – here it is:

Now, part of me finds it hard to believe that I used to classify this as music. But another part of me says “Wooooooooooooooo!!! Bring the noise!”. And perhaps blows some sort of whistle.

This is not to say that there weren't moments during the class when I wondered whether I would be walking out or leaving on a stretcher. I was sure I read something on the website about there being “recovery” tracks and yet here I was, 4th track in, doing this crazy scissor legs motion as I tried to jump from lunge to lunge. Then there was the jumping-four-times-to-the right-on-one-leg-while-lifting-up-the-other- knee move. What the...?! How is this possible? Seriously – give it a try. And yet here was a room full of people doing just that. I settled for a sort of kicking/knee-raising/flailing motion.

But here is what surprised me most about the experience: afterwards, I felt good! Really, really good! I expected to feel exhausted, but instead I was on a huge high. I almost wanted to go again! Almost.

Next: RPM class. Stay tuned...


  1. I've signed up! Enjoy blogging - it's super fun. Almost as much fun as that exercise class sounds.

    (Thanks for linking to my blog, too. Feeling super spesh. x)

  2. Oh grat! You two have hooked up in your cool little hippster bloggersphere already! Body attack is some serious gymming Em! Love that that's the first class you decided to take to "ease" back into gym life! HARDCORE! And spin is not much better! At least you can take spin a bit more at your own pace... If there are body combat clsses, they are fun and high action too - I enjoy them more than attack classes (which I eventually grew to love/hate instead of just hate/hate!)
    Looking forard to hearing all your tales!

  3. Hey that sounds like my gym! I started on BodyPump though, it is much kinder. Body Attack is crazy! Glad you enjoyed it. RPM is hard too!