I like to think of myself as someone who is in shape. I might even consider myself an athlete. As a runner, I regularly train for longer-distance events, and I strength-train consistently.
It was a 1-pound set of weights, though, that made me reconsider.
As part of my research for the accompanying indoor workouts story, I took on the featured classes – including the BarreAmped class that left my triceps sore for days. Four, to be exact.
Here’s what I thought.
Your legs should be shaking, instructor Rebecca Bell said as we stood in a squat hold at the barre. Shaking? I looked down and my whole body was convulsing.
It was definitely not what I expected.
Though I have read about barre-style classes, I was not prepared for just how technical and challenging the small movements would be. I had to pull in my core; lengthen, then tighten my muscles; and stand with balance and height. I felt as if I had never exercised a day in my life.
Bell, though, is kind and quick with adjustments, and I was grateful that I was able to find the proper form, getting the most out of the workout.
Verdict: Of the classes I tried, BarreAmped is the one I can see myself doing most often. From the dim lighting to the upbeat music to the individualized attention, Bell offers a boutique-style group-fitness environment that I crave in Fort Wayne.
My grandma takes water aerobics, but let me tell you this – Power Hour is not my grandma’s class. Or at least I don’t think my grandma does tuck jumps when she’s in the water.
The Helen Brown Natatorium class is full of the challenging moves I have loathed in traditional aerobics classes, but thanks to the water, I found them much more doable and enjoyable. More high knees? No problem. Hop? I got that. Boxing? I’ll hit you with my best shot.
As I was told, there is a learning curve to the water, and some of the resistance moves were a bit awkward at first. I was lucky to be paired with a seasoned Power Hour participant who guided me and pushed me throughout the entire workout.
Verdict: The class left me feeling refreshed but fatigued. It’s a great cross-training option to have in the toolbox, especially for me, as it’s kind to the joints.
It can be a bit disconcerting to sign a waiver before taking a group fitness class, but it’s with good reason. The risk of getting hurt during the trampoline class is real and, in fact, one girl in my session had to stop and ice her ankle midway through.
But after I got past that (and decided that I would sit on my bottom rather than fall on it), I found this class to be fun.
The group dynamic was emphasized, and a lot of activities involved partner or team work. We didn’t jump around as much as I expected, but, rouncing around for suicides, I found the child-like joy of moving.
Verdict: This workout was a deceptively good one, and I would take the class again. However, it’s something that would be most enjoyed when going on a workout date with friends.