Last night I went to Body Combat (or whatever they call it now) at Goodyear, taught by Marika. I'd taken it before, months and months ago, at Gold's, but I always felt like I didn't understand the moves. And with those floor-to-ceiling mirrors on three walls, I could see how stupid I looked, flailing around, which would just make me laugh, and it's hard to pretend to beat the crap out of someone when you're laughing. And I think I may have taken the class with Katie when we had free trial passes to Goodyear, but as the class normally conflicts with work, I wasn't sufficiently motivated to rearrange my work schedule to make it to Body Combat (some people are just far more dedicated than I am!).
Anyway. Last night's class was much better. I can't say I enjoyed it, but Marika explained the moves much better, so at least I had a clearer understanding of what I was supposed to be doing. And we were in the gym, instead of the classroom, so there were no mirrors to show me all the mistakes I was making. So I think I got into the class more than I had before, and therefore got a better workout. And I can definitely feel that workout in my shoulders and back today!
I realized that I've gotten sadly out of shape again (amazing how quickly that happens). I had to take several short breaks and by the end of class I was barely able to swing my arms, let alone punch or kick with any power. But I just kept moving to the end! I even stayed for Body Pump, but I went light on everything. (I went super light on biceps, but I squeezed them for the whole track, and I can feel it today--it really works!)
I'd be willing to go to Combat with Marika again, but like I said, it conflicts with work, and I don't know if I'm motivated to rearrange my schedule. But I know I need to incorporate more cardio workouts into my routine. (And I also need to not go out right after the gym and eat twice as many calories as I just burned!)