Shakin' What my Mama Gave Me!

Last night at work I took a class called Cardio Dance.  It’s a fun class that we offer with a super, high energy instructor!  He brings so much excitement and positivity to his class that it really makes exercise feel like a party and a good time.

Can you spot me? 😉

I always recommend this class to members at our facility who do not like formal exercise, such as being on a treadmill.  This class allows people to get exercise without feeling like they are actually working out.

Get low!

Although I’m a freak of nature (as most of us fitness bloggers are!) and love all forms of exercise, sometimes taking a fun class is more appealing than say, trucking along on the elliptical watching the clock.  This class flew by! And what I love about this particular class is that the moves are not overly complicated and it’s easy to follow.

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not the best dance whatsoever (although when I drink at a wedding I think I’m a pro! 😉 ) but I always have fun trying and working up a sweat.

The Cardio Dance class was 50 minutes long and we did a variety of dances, including hip hop, salsa, and even a little bit of kickboxing moves which is right up my ally with teaching Group Exercise.

This week we are previewing some of the classes we offer since our next session starts next week.  The instructor last night brought along a live drummer and I thought it was so unique and fun!  It really emphasized some of the beats in the songs he played.

I’ve talked about my job as a Fitness Specialist before and I’ve got to admit that being able to take a class here and there is definitely one of the best perks.  All in a days work!

My Video Debut

Last night my boss wanted to film some of the class to use on our website so I thought I’d show a sneak peak. I introduce you to Cardio Dance Class! Click here, here and here for short clips!

Today’s Plans

I’m working the bright n’ early shift at work today (hello 5am wake up call!) and will be here until 2:30pm.  Myself and the intern here are going to the daycare at our work site to talk with the kids about exercise and to do a couple of activities with them.  Should be fun, but I’m a bit nervous as there are 70 total kids, ages 5-8 (although we’re splitting them up into two separate groups).

After work I am heading to the grocery store to pick up a few items for Friday evening.  Some of my girlfriends from college are coming over for appetizers and drinks and we may end up heading out for the night to some bars. I can’t wait to catch up with them. Now it’s officially work time…Have a great day everyone!

Questions:

Have you ever taken a cardio dance class?

Do you enjoy dance-type classes as your workout?

Any tips on working with 5-8 year old kids? 🙂

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12 responses to “Shakin' What my Mama Gave Me!

  1. I took Cardio Dance, and I really liked the idea of it but the instructor was awful! There were only about four of us, and instead of running a full class, she kind of fooled around and was more interested in showing off her own moves since she didn’t feel like running a class for four people. I’d try it again though in a larger setting!

    As far as the kidlets, they’re fun (as long as you’re not with ’em all day!) You’ll have a blast as long as you keep your sense of humor!

  2. My only cardio dance was actual dance: ballet, modern, jazz, tap – mostly classical ballet though. So funny that after 20+ years of dance you’d think I’d be all over cardio dance classes but I’m scared to death of them!

  3. You’re going to be on the cover of Crunch’s next fitness DVD! 🙂 That’s cool you’ll be featured with a video.

    I think that class looks like a lot of fun, but I only do dance workouts in the comfort of my own home. Coordination and grace are not my strengths!

  4. I would LOVE this class. I love dancing, so what a great way to burn some calories toO! much better than the treadmill

  5. I’ve always wanted to take a cardio dance class but I have yet to do it. It looks like so much fun!

    I think working with young kids is just all about being silly and goofy!

  6. Haha I would be so horrid at that class!! I do tend to dance around in my room at times, but I’m really bad at following someone and their steps! I bet its tons of fun though 🙂

  7. Hey! Nice blog!
    I LOVE those types of classes!

  8. Sable@SquatLikeALady

    I think these kinds of cardio classes are so nice to switch things up every once in a while!! Although I am HORRIBLY uncoordinated. Like… so bad. I never take classes where I know the instructor hahaha.

  9. OMG I have to try Cardio Dance! Looks like so much fun!! I would probably look super stupid, but I’m ok with that…anything for a good and fun sweat fest… 😉

  10. I’ve never tried a cardio dance class, but I think I would love it! Of course, only if the teacher was good haha

  11. I love any sort of dance class! looks like a blast. The guy in the front looked good!

    and I LOVED seeing you in action! Work it :).

  12. I have summer camps with 9-12 year olds starting on Monday… but only 25 of them thank goodness! I’m always surprised by how much “older” they act then I expect them too. One thing I’ve learned is that they LOVE relay races and other competitive games. Good luck!!

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