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Magic Bean?

12 Dec


Move over Channing Tatum (as Magic Mike)!  My friend and I bought a LivingSocial to Jordin’s Paradise,  a dance and fitness-studio in DC that offers a wide variety of workout and dance combination classes.  One of said classes is Pole Intro- thus the Magic Mike reference.  Yup, we decided to channel our inner sexy dancer and learn some moves on the pole.  Talk about a new fitness experience!  The class setting was small and intimate- us and 4 others including Rania, the instructor and founder of Jordin’s Paradise.  In an hour’s time we warmed up/ cooled down and learned a complete routine in between.

My favorite was learning this spin move called a Fireman.  If you have been to a strip club or seen pole dancing scenes in movies, you’ve probably seen that move.  I wouldn’t say my friend and I did it with so much grace.  Bruises on my legs and arms for the next week reflect that.  The rest of the class included learning other very basic techniques like how to strike certain poses, booty pop (exactly what it sounds like), and other generally racey slow gyrating moves you’d associate with this sort of dancing.  It was one of those really in touch with how you move type experiences.  You certainly use strength a lot and I can see where toning comes in.

Jordin’s Paradise also offers classes like Zumba, Flirty Chair Dance, Tango, Cardio Kickboxing, Pole-yoga-lates, Pole Dance Aerobics,  N.B.A. (Nothing But Abs) and more.  Good thing we have 2 more classes to go on our LivingSocial deal because there are definitely some of these I want to test drive- namely the Flirty Chair Dance and perhaps more expansion on my pole dancing move arsenal.  HA! Because I’m such a pro with one class under my belt and all…

What new fitness experiences have you all been taking on?

Lucky Number 3

14 Sep

Back in July, I had taken my first LA Boxing class.  Does this jog your memory?  As you may recall, I liked it from the standpoint of being generally into kicking and punching as a workout option.  However, I mentioned I couldn’t see myself justifying this establishment as my central workout membership.  I also was a little dismantled with the whole sub teacher and class quickly thrown together vibe. 

When a Groupon came around for 10 classes for $39 (including hand wraps and glove rental), I was admittedly on the fence.  Reason being that while I did get a good workout in, I was not jazzed by the lack of coordination at the front desk and lack of a solid instructor.  *In walks “practice what you preach.”*  I am an advocate for needing to try a workout a few times before making the decision that it is not for you.  This Groupon also came at a time when I was feeling the need for a change-it-up activity in my workout regiment that was becoming too standardized.  As the photo of gloves might suggest, I ultimately bought the deal. 

So what’s with the title of this post “Lucky Number 3”?  Well, you know how I was not a fan of the awol instructor scenario? I go on Monday to initiate my 10 classes and take class one.  I was going for Kickboxing per the schedule.  The class saw no kicking however.  Instead, the format was Boxing.  This is fine assuming you wanted to do Boxing.  They also did not have hand wraps available and my knuckles were not happy with the short wraps I had.  Again, it was a good workout, but LA Boxing once again showed me their uncoordinated side.  That’s enough of a rant.  On Wednesday, I went with high hopes of my third class being as awesome as friends and Bryan had told me it can be.  I’m happy to report that I really enjoyed this class.  The instructor had a great energy and teaching style and incorporated different sets to the class like a relay race where we split into teams and proceeded bag to bag completing certain punching/kicking combos.  Thus, lucky (class) number 3! This is my perfect example of trying something a few times before you give up on because you just may find you are actually about it.  Who else supports this mentality?

School’s Out, Cardio Kickbox is In!

15 May

Well, school is out for the next two weeks anyway, but a new term means I get my Monday nights back which have historically included my favorite gym class.  If you haven’t tried a Les Mills Body Combat class, you need to!  My gym no longer has the rights to the trademarked class format and the music that accompanies it, but it is largely the same- we just call it Cardio Kickbox now.   It is essentially a cardio meets mixed martials art class.  Between the amp-you-up music and the karate, boxing, taekwondo, tai chi, and muay thai moves, you can look forward to burning a RIDICULOUS amount of calories in 55 minutes.  We’re talking like over 700 calories! It is not for the faint of heart let me tell you.  Bring your badass persona along with ample water and a towel.  If you happen to give it a go at Washington Sports Club in Clarendon, prepare for instructor Damion Moss to really push you to your limit.  Regardless, you will be delighted to find out that roundhouse kicks are not just for Bruce Lee or Chuck Norris.

I made my glorious return to the class last night and I’m feeling it today.  It was quite tough to do spin class this morning after all those Capoeira moves (Brazilian form of martial arts that incorporates elements of dance and music) including a seemingly endless series of a type of lunge (I’d have to look up the name or maybe Damion will comment with it!), esquiva (literal meaning is escape or dodge) , and side kicks.  Just when you are running out of steam, Damion checks on us with a few chants like, “Feels good?” to which we are expected to reply, “Feels great!”  Another is, “What do you do to your opponent?” to which we are expected to yell, “OWN IT!”  We (the class and Damion) joke that that second one does not exactly make sense but it feels good to scream it.

I wanted to share another fitness activity I love with you all!  I hope you’ll give this fitness class a try as a result of my glowing review :).  In other fitness news, I am officially signed up for the Army 10-miler in October.  The registration opened at 12:01 am today and it was sold out within 8 hours.  Apparently this race is no joke!  A number of my co-workers as well as my college best friend were unable to secure a spot as they tried to register after 8:00 am.  Luckily, as of June 1 a buy/sell period for race bibs will open so hopefully they will all be able to get in on the second try!  I’m psyched to get back into longer distance running shape.  More to come on those training adventures…