When trying something new, one never wants to be the 'est' anything in the room. Tallest, loudest, oldest, youngest. Fattest.
Group exercise classes are a great way to get in a workout, and usually, they're pretty fun. I tried my very first Zumba class today at a local community centre, led by a woman named Jocelyn. (Check out her website if you're in Calgary).
I went with my friend Amanda, who I often force into trying new and ridiculous things with me. Like pole dancing classes. Yoga. Pottery (she was the driving force there). Et cetera. This time I took the liberty of registering her for the free demo class without even asking her first. Mwahaha. What did we have to lose? It was free.
Zumba is a Latin dance fitness class, involving lots of hip shaking, bosom bouncing and dancy jumping action. It's high intensity, high energy, and classes are popping up everywhere this summer. I looked around for awhile until I found a class that was near my apartment and at a convenient time, and this one fit the bill perfectly.
We planned to get there early to stake out a spot in the back of the room. Listen, I know that "no one is watching you" and I shouldn't be embarassed, but I don't want to be the chick in the front row screwing up the moves and throwing off everyone's beat. Because I ALWAYS watch the people in front of me. It makes it easier for me to follow.
Yeah, we were smug, tucked into the back. Then the class started, and sure enough, the leader asked us to turn around. The back of the room? Now the front.
The only thing worse than being the only two plus sized ladies in the room in a cardio dance class is being the only two plus sized ladies in the room, right in the centre of the front row of a cardio dance class.
But man, it was fun. Jocelyn doesn't wear a mike or do much in terms of verbal clues, so I was a little lost, but years and years of doing aerobics tapes in the basement mean I can do a mean step-touch combo.
I worked up a killer sweat, and the 45 minutes or so zipped by. Even though I felt like a total boob and was sure that all the skinny girls in the room were staring at my ample, jiggling backside while I did things like this:
(the video is clearly not of me)
I had a great time and can't WAIT to go back.