I'm constantly reading that you need to switch things up at the gym in order to "trick" your body and get maximum results, so the other day I went to a step class at the gym for the first time since college. It was an advanced class, but I'm pretty fit, so I figured I'd be alright. Plus, if you've ever seen me on the dance floor, you know I've got coordination. (Ellen fun fact: I can do the worm!)
As soon as the instructor announced he wasn't going to repeat or demonstrate the steps, my confidence level dropped. He said, "I don't need to show you the steps anyway because you're the ones here for the workout!" Umm, based on that Santa Claus belly you're rocking, buddy, yes you DO need to do the workout!
I did fine with the basic steps, knee raises and hamstring curls, but everything after that was a blur. Quickly other steps were incorporated into the routine that totally screwed up my rhythm: the revolving door, back door, C-step—what the heck?! I was so lost and frustrated, and it didn't make me feel good that even the granny with purple hair next to me was keeping up. I didn't want a step class to defeat me, so I kept at it, hoping I'd magically catch on. I never did, so I left after 30 minutes and hopped on a spinning bike to finish my cardio workout. Fail.
I suppose I'll need to find another way to shake up my usual yoga/running/spinning gym routine. Anyone have suggestions? On that note, I'm heading to yoga class now and then hitting the treadmill after! ha.