So many TBGB readers have suggested Zumba to me, so I tried it last week along with my regular dance classes. I liked Zumba, but when the class was over I felt like I hadn’t worked enough. I had been having the same feelings in my dance classes too, it was like my body was craving a more intense workout.
My gym offers boxing and kick boxing classes, so I tried those this week and Oh Em GEE! These classes are phenomenal. The more aggressive workout is exactly what I’ve been craving.
I was nervous to try the classes because the instructors were men and I was used to aerobics with women, but taking a class with a guy has proven to be a lot more fun. We start off doing group exercises like jumping jacks and push ups and then we spar with the instructor one at a time. These male instructors yell for me to kick higher, punch them harder and jump higher, but the do it in the most supportive way. Last night the boxing instructor came over to me while I was doing jab-hook combinations. After he showed me how to use my entire body with every punch, he winked at me and said “Be aggressive! Don’t worry about looking cute, you’ve already got that part down!”
By the time I leave class, I’m exhausted, when I wake up the next morning, I’m sore and… its awesome!
Anyway, last week I hit the gym three times (I even went on Thanksgiving!) and I think my workouts balanced out my Turkey Day binge because, I didn’t lose or gain any weight this week.
Has anyone else tried boxing or kick boxing? Do you like it?