Post # 1
Alright bees, I need to changeup my workout routine! Darling Husband and I have been going to the gym for about 8 weeks now. I almost exclusively use the elliptical for about a half hour and go home.
I’ve seen results, but I know it’s not going to give me the light muscle or toning that I want. Our gym offers several fitness classes, but they’ve completely intimidated me so far, but I think it’s time to bite the bullet. Spring/summer are fast approaching and I really want to feel comfortable in cute summery clothing this year!
These are the options for classes that fit my time – I’ve never done any of them before, so I’d like to add them in for 1-2 of my weekly workouts. Have any of you done these? If so, what is your opinion?
Step & Sculpt Monday @ 5pm
Total Body Conditioning Wednesday @5pm
TurboKick Tuesday & Thursday @5:30pm
All are 55 minute classes and I really prefer a 5pm start time, but would rather take the class that will give me better results.
Post # 3
I’m no expert but I’d do total body conditioning.
Post # 4
I ADORE turbo kick. Kickboxing of any kind makes you really feel like you’re doing something successful and you’ll see results.
Also, I hate step, and I’m even pretty coordinated. Total body would be my second choice… I used to double up kickbox, then total body, when I had free gym membership at school. I looked so much better those days 😉
Post # 5
Hard to say but im thinking step & sculpt or Total body. I would then do your eliptical at least 2 other days. Im currently taking a boot camp class and LOVE it. Im not very cordinated so the other step classes/kick boxing never worked out that well for me.
Post # 6
Step and sculpt! You get a great aerobic step work out to start, and then do sculping for the second half. I always feel like I’ve gotten a complete workout when I leave.
TBC is good, but I don’t feel nearly as tired. My TBC class is a full hour of sculpting. I can’t stand turbo kick. I always feel awkward kicking around.
Post # 7
@bluewolverine: what exactly is a Step and sculpt? I know they do the stepping thing on the platform, but what else? I couldn’t get a good idea from their description, lol!
Also, does anyone know (and I know I could just ask the gym) if you have to bring your own equipment for a total body conditioning class or they provide it?
I’ll probably end up trying a couple of them and see what I think, but wanted to get a little more info/opinions, so thanks to those of you weighing in!
Post # 8
@KatieKitKat: I would still do the elliptical 2 days a week, possibly three, depending how I feel about the classes.
@MrsWrangler: hmmmmmmmm I’m not even kinda coordinated….this sounds dangerous for me!
Post # 9
turbokick, i absolutely love the person who designed it. she is amazing
Post # 10
I LOVE Turbokick. The instructor real makes the class though. The one I have gone to everyone was clapping and yelling,really high energy and fun. the music is stuff you hear on the radio. The bad thing is that it is a lot to learn the terms and choreography in the begining.
Post # 11
@ieatunicorns: Do you go in Madison? Because that’s where I am!
Post # 12
TurboKick is a little intimidating to me, so I think to get started, at least, I’d go with the Total Body Conditioning.
Post # 13
@hisgoosiegirl: Yep! The class I love is on the West side and when we moved to the east side I tried the gym there and didn’t like it so I would drive across town just to go to Turbokick.
Post # 14
I vote turbokick – sounds the closest to cardio. Most of your body weight is in your legs so it gives you a good resistance workout while getting your heart rate up. I hatehatehate weight lifting exercises so I would stay away from total body conditioning, sounds like that’s all that is.
Post # 15
There are all kinds of different moves for the step -and the instructor should show you each one before you do it. It ends up being a choreographed routine, but it makes sense to my non-coordinated self because the step reminds me which foot I’m on. Also, a good instructor will call out the next move beforehand, so you’re never lost.
The sculpting part usually consists of some leg work (typically lunges and squats), core work (vairious forms of sit ups, planks and back exercises) and upper body — lots of free weights.
I like that it’s varied and I don’t get bored. A full hour of step gets really boring to me.
Post # 16
@bluewolverine: thanks for the info!
we used to play volleyball in the gym next to the fitness room and I often saw them doing one class that looked really fun – I think it must have been the turbokick from the time it’s offered and that it’s 2x a week – I don’t remember seeing any kicking though, just a lot of dance type stuff. I might just have to take this next week to try each one!