|abs – 8:45 AM |
body pump – 9:15 AM
|abs – 30 min |
body pump – 60 min
|Course||ab class – tons of crunches and oblique exercises|
body pump – chest, squats, triceps, shoulders, biceps, lunges, crunches
First of all, I will be the first to say that 'body pump' is such a lame name for a class... all I can think about when I hear this term is obscenely bright, inappropriate Lycra outfits, terry cloth sweatbands and Reebok aerobics shoes with the little Velcro strap above the laces. And is it just me or or does 'body pump' suggest the class might turn into a swingers party when you hit the showers? Very unfortunate. Then again, I might just be taking this all a bit too far; as is my nature.
I used to participate in these indoor exercise classes at my gym quite a bit but not so much in the last couple of years. Honestly they are pretty fun! I must like that group workout thing where everyone helps motivate each other... I did an outdoor exercise class for three years and a boot camp class for another two as well.
Today I was just here because my right knee is preventing me from doing the things I'd really rather be doing. Running and riding.
The last time I took a class like this it was VERY different. Today we did all these ab exercises that seemed not only kinda ineffective but also dangerous if you had a bad back. Which I do. Whatever, I was very careful and didn't always follow the directions to the letter.
The body pump portion of the class was centered around a barbell and dumbbells. People were swapping weights on their barbell every exercise it seemed so I tried to follow suit. It was not easy to figure out how much weight to use so I opted for light and got it right most of the time. Light meant I Had anywhere from 10 lb on each side for the upper body stuff to 15 lb on each side for the lower body stuff. My dumbbells were just 8 lb and even that was too heavy for me in the end. I AM A WIMP.
When we finished I was not that beat. The pace was very moderate so we were not sweating buckets or anything but I bet I will be super sore tomorrow. All in all I'm glad I went. My knee did NOT bother me in the least, even when doing lunges.