Why Running is Not My Number 1 Form of Excercise
Because I can’t scream over a microphone.
Because I can’t teach 50 year old ladies how to pop, lock and drop it.
One of the reasons I started this blog was to ramble away about aerobics classes. It dawned on me that a lot of my newer subscribers (or not locals) don’t know that I teach aerobics over the summer and breaks. Step aerobics and weight lifting with step to be exact. It is actually MY FAVORITE (yes it tops running…bite me) form of exercise. I mean who doesn’t want to jam out to grimy rap music while lifting weights and me yelling. To give you an overall tone of the class, I normally greet the ladies with what up bitches. I pretend like they like it.
I digress. I used to be very much into weight lifting. I loved these classes, but sadly my stress fracture prevented more than just running, it prevented teaching these classes (due to basically dancing with 10lb weights) so that was another upsetting consequence.
But back to aerobics. I teach two different classes. The first is step aerobics. Since I can’t put a video tape of me stepping and talking and yelling and screaming vulgarities into a microphone, I’ll leave you with this photo.
The second class I teach, is actually a step class with weights. I begged them to get this class because I wanted to show woman that you can lift and be toned and not scary. I love lifting. Anyways.
I have compiled some of my favorite lifting weights exercises which I find more beneficial to me and the class in general. Since we are pretty mobile, dumbbells work the best for this situation so I’m kinda a dumbbell master.
I could lie to you, but working ticeps and biceps are my absolute favorite. I don’t know why but a lot of the class is focused on upper body. (Well that was per request). I hate working legs but since this class is advertised as Upper body, we can somewhat negate the legs and do such things as lunges and squats and call it a day.
In a 55 minute class (+5 for stretching) we pretty much cover 1-2 sets of all of these. (set in my case=8-10 reps).
Tricep Extensions (one arm and two arm)
Tricep Kickbacks (The easiest to incorporate into any step move)
Dumbbell Row (one arm and two arm)
Arnold Press (my least favorite)
One and Two Arm Press
Side Lateral Raise
Now this class is specially tailored to the people that come. A lot of whom this is their only strength training weekly or whatnot. A lot of whom, (shout outs to you guys) are middle aged. Although I do love my outlier youngins or males that come to class too. I can see a difference in arm toning for every single one of the ladies that stick with me over the summers. You may be asking if this is too much and because we aren’t maxing out (for instance-when lifting by myself I do 3 sets of 25lbs for dumbbell curls…here I do one set of 10 lbs) this isn’t hurting any of my ladies. Got more questions ask on my formspring or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
So there is my commercial-go join a workout class. Preferably mine.
Question for you:
- 1. Do ever take classes? Do you like them?
- 2. Favorite song ever to work out too?