It usually takes around eight minutes to walk from the Sports Pavilion and Aquatic Center to Kellogg. However, after finishing a combined BodyPump and H.I.I.T. (high-intensity interval training) class, my legs felt like jelly, doubling the time and making me late for my microeconomics class.
Being late was worth it, though, because leaving that class, I felt proud of what I had accomplished and enjoyed the soreness. More importantly, I also enjoyed the total-body workouts. BodyPump uses different tracks of music with each track focusing on a muscle group. It involved a lot of squats, deadlifts and chest presses. The moves alternate between repetitions and holding parts of the moves.
H.I.I.T. made me feel like I was training for the Winter Olympics as a speed skater. There were a lot of side lunges and uses of a medicine ball and weights. The instructor’s focus for this half of the workout was to get us moving quickly and out of breath.
My BodyPump class used a weighted bar, dumbbells, freeweights and a stair step. H.I.I.T. used some weights and a medicine ball.
The instructor for the class, Debbie, was great at explaining things to me as a beginner. For some of the more difficult moves, she demonstrated modified ways to do them, while still having correct form.
Tips for this class:
It goes really fast, so keep in mind that whatever exercise you are doing will soon be over.
Form is key. For the first three to four classes, uses a lower set of weights that allow you to focus on form.
Contract your abdominals and your glutes, and keep your shoulders from slumping in. That is what effectively targets the right muscles.
If you need to take a break, do so. Especially for the first few classes, it’s important to learn the proper technique and work on building muscle.
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