I mentioned here last week that as part of my "mix it up for 5x50" I was going to try a couple of half hour taster classes at the local rec centre. Well, last night was the night. It was errrrr interesting and quite good fun but probably not classes I'll do again (why is it so hard to find straightforward old-fashioned aerobics nowadays?)
Body combat turned out to be basically boxing - lots of punching and hopping around. It was OK but I had my usual coordination issues - was that left-right-left or the other way round - which I always feel ruins the look of a class of 40 people otherwise all doing it in unison. The kicks were also a bit scary - I was afraid of landing one on my neighbour! It was fast so I did get quite hot and it was a good workout.
The "Easy Step Toner" is weird. I'd expected a normal aerobics step, but it turned out to be a step with big squidgy air pads underneath. You can (allegedly) turn a knob in the middle of it to adjust the air flow between the pads and thus the squidginess. This makes for a fairly high (could be 20cm), unstable platform, which combined with my well-known lack of coordination (see above) and balance is a recipe for embarrassment.
In some ways it was a bit like being back at school - worst in the class at PE. Yes, I had the step with the knob that was almost impossible to adjust and of course I was the only person who managed to fall off completely! Fortunately I did not land on my bottom. Then (thinking of Annie's MoP here) the instructor had us lie on the squidgy bits and do all sorts of balancing and abs work which was uncomfortable to say the least. Call me old fashioned but I prefer my sit ups to be on a mat on the floor!
The centre is just starting a set of classes on the Easy Step Toner but to be honest I'd be surprised if they're still doing them a year from now - too much to go wrong with the boards, which I'm sure are expensive.
Now I'm off to my normal exercise class which will be a mixture of aerobics and toning. That will almost complete another week of 5x50 (does that sound like I'm crossing off the weeks?) with a couple of run/walks, one bike ride, one swim as the other activities. At least I'm off the couch