Three weeks ago I started taking this new group fitness class called “50/50″ on Monday nights at 5:30 pm. I typically took the 6:45pm class on Mondays but started noticing the people before that class and how sweaty they looked. They definitely looked like they were getting a good workout. Plus one of my favorite, high intensity instructors teaches the 5:30 pm class.
50/50- “The first half of the class starts off with cardio training and the second half includes basic strength training.” That description is posted on mylt.com.
One night I just decided I was going to leave work a little early and give the class a try.
In my opinion there are 3 things that make a group fitness class great!
1. Good Music
2. Loud Music
3. An Energetic Instructor
This 50/50 class had all three!
We start class with a light jog and a few moves to loosen our arms and neck. We waste little time and jump right into high intensity cardio. Lots of sprinting, squat jumps, lateral skies, high/low, jacks and more. The instructor is awesome! She gives every move 110% and also shows a modified technique so you can do the same exercise with low impact. For 30 minutes straight we are running, jumping, skipping and raising our heart rates. After a long day at work it feels great to let everything out and let the music play over your thoughts.
The second half of class includes strength training with free weights or body weight. The moves are preformed fairly quickly so you are still getting a bit of cardio too. We typically do exercises where we raise the weights high and low. Because the moves are fast they are pretty challenging for me. I have to focus on good form and speed…not easy.
Because there are very few breaks in the class and the moves are so intense the instructor is always shouting motivating quotes at us. This week there was one comment that really stuck with me- “You never know who’s role model you are becoming so always try your best.”
I am a role model? She was right! I always find myself wishing I could do pushups like that girl or hold plank as long as that person. The people I admire the most are the people who never give up. Who try their hardest. Who work until failure.
Am I someone’s role model? I hope so! After thinking about those words I didn’t become “self conscious” but I became more focused and wanted to make sure I was using good form and trying my best.
Group fitness classes are a great way to get a workout in and they are also a great way to get motivated and pumped it!
Are you someone’s role model?