*This post is dedicated to Keri, Lillian, Alexis and Jennifer. Wish you guys were here to sweat it out with me like the good old days at Gold’s Gym.
After a year and a half of stopping and starting work out routines, I decided that October was going to be a new start. Many things held me back from regular work-outs—the heat, the spectators, the lack of motivation or someone to work out with (Will likes to run and I can’t keep up!). But with another beach trip looming at the end of the year I had some new motivation—and a new invitation.
A few days into October, one of Will’s female co-teachers invited me to join her for a women’s aerobics class at the town hall the next village over. Having always been a group fitness enthusiast (Body Pump, Funky Step, Zumba, yoga, etc), I was thrilled to find out about this. I wasn’t sure what to expect. A couple of times a semester everyone at my school will gather in the school yard for some VERY low impact aerobics. Since I wasn’t sure what what it would be like, and since it’s a very conservative area I showed up in yoga capris and the biggest University of Kentucky t-shirt I own. It would be the last time I wore that.
As the ladies showed up, they started taking off long-sleeves, jilbabs, pants and t-shirts to reveal tank-tops, sports bras, tight shorts and even some booty shorts! Some wore matching spandex ensembles. The instructor basically wore a sporty bikini (and pulls it off despite already having a couple of kids).
So what’s it like? Well the music is like remixed techno…a little Chicago, a little Miley, a little Lady Gaga. The warm-up stretching is a little spastic, but I take it a bit slower. There’s about 30 minutes of really high intensity aerobics and then about 20 minutes of slightly awkward abdominal and gluteal flexing. I leave dripping of sweat.
The best thing is that I have this new chance to make some new friends, and a place where I can work out two days a week with other women and not feel awkward about it—and now I finally have a place to wear my tank tops.