My new training schedules embraces the fact that I don’t really enjoy running, biking, or swimming by giving me a chance to do some activities that I do enjoy. Wednesday’s workout is one of those. I would love to do a standard dance class but those tend to have a lot of stop-start which doesn’t work for what I need in a workout, so they will probably have to wait.
Zumba is a good compromise because the classes are designed to be dance-y and fun, but also to be constant movement. I’ve started doing a comedy open mic on Wednesday nights that’s about 40 minutes from my house but, because it’s LA, it’s three+ hours in rush hour traffic. So I decided to go up early and check out a Zumba class at my gym.
It was an absolute joy. I was a little worried because I’ve had trouble finding good Zumba classes in the past because gyms and diet culture have sadly morphed a lot of classes from its originally intended fun, dance party atmosphere into old school aerobics classes (think tons of jumping jacks while holding hand weights) set to 15 of the fastest cumbias that the instructor could find, which is fine if you like that sort of thing, but not what I’m looking for during my fun day workout.
This class had a great mix of music and movement, it was a good workout (I wore my garmin and heart rate monitor just to be sure!) and the people were really friendly. It didn’t hurt that a stranger told me “you are so good at this” which may be a first since I switched from dance to endurance sports (which also meant switching from “you’re really good at this” to “ma’am, are you okay ?”)
But the real MVP of the day was the small hand towel that the gym sells. In packing everything I needed for the gym and the open mic I forgot my towel (I am aware that this is the firstiest of first world problems, but when 24 hour fitness got rid of towel service it totally effed up my life.) Sadly not the first time, so I assumed I was about to become the proud owner of another 24 hour fitness towel. Except that they were out of the full-size towel. They had one small one, so I took Tim Gunn’s advice and made it work.
As my running, biking, and swimming workouts get longer and more intense, it will be nice to have Wednesdays to look forward to!
Speaking of dancing, I was cleaning out computer files (a little late on my end of the year computer clean up…) and found this video from back when I was dancing competitively!
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