Workout Wednesday: “Romper Room” Style

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Smile & Remember:
Fitness CAN Be Fun!
Photo by Leslie Hassler

So here we are, four weeks after the start of 2013 and you’re sticking with those plans to make this year a healthy one. Way to go! If you’ve had a few off days, don’t sweat it. (Remember, this is the gal who abandoned her chopped veggies for a steady infusion of chocolate treats during a five-day vacation in Amsterdam!)

On this Workout Wednesday, I wanted to tell you about the new group exercise class I’ve become addicted to. If you’re looking for me on a Wednesday night, chances are you’ll find me front and center at the “UXF Burn” class offered at the New York Sports Club not far from where I live. NYSC describes the class as a 45-minute combination of cardio and strength training that can burn up to 600 calories in one class. However, I think the words of my high-energy instructor Lou offer a better definition of what makes the cross-training experience such a rush: “It’s Romper Room for adults.”

Lou starts us off with the necessary warm-up and then gets our hearts pumping with some killer cardio circuits for the first 25 minutes of class with a wide variety of moves including jumping jacks, ice skaters and high-knees. We then keep our heart rates up as we move through high-rep / moderate-weight circuits to work every muscle group with exercises ranging from squats with bicep curls to lat rows and kickbacks. Last week, instead of the whole class doing the same strength-training routine at once, she divided us into two sides for a “face-off.” Each side of the class had a series of six exercises to complete in 90-second intervals before switching sides. These included:

  • Bridge with chest press using a 15-20 pound weight
  • Jump rope
  • Double crunches
  • Dips using a step
  • Pikes

“Romper Room” indeed! The variety of exercises and the non-stop movement between each one makes this class fly by in record time for me. I can honestly say I have so much fun during this class I almost forget I’m actually working out, at least until the sound of my pounding heart fills my ears and sweat blinds my eyeballs!

I realize you may not have access to a class exactly like this one, and you may not even have any interesting in seeking one out. However, I hope telling you about my excitement over the addition to my routine serves as a reminder that exercise can be fun and even fitness veterans like me are always looking for new ways to enjoy working out. Whether it’s jumping rope or trying a new group exercise class  filled with moves that make you feel like a kid again, remember, variety is a key component to staying on track with your plans to have fun, be fit and feel fabulous!

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About LauraLovesFitness

After spending more than 10 years in the communications industry, this lifetime fitness lover and newly certified fitness professional wants to share my passion for health and well-being with others.

Posted on January 30, 2013, in Fitness, Health and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. looks really cool! its amazing how many programs are popping up with the “crossfit style” feel to it! we too are starting a small group fitness program with the same genre. even the mma has a new program they are pushing to the public. its all good. no matter where or when or what the title is…as long as your busting your butt! lol!

    • Hey Amy!
      Yes, I’m also amazed at how many “CrossFit” style classes are popping up everywhere. I must admit, I couldn’t do them every day, but they do add some spice to my weekly routine and it’s good to mix things up a bit. Sweating like crazy always feels good, too! Have a great Workout Wednesday! 🙂

  2. I hope you continue to enjoy your new class Laura.The 45-minute cardio workout helps keep the heart strong and in shape

  3. I know I’ve got to do something different, feel like I’ve hit a wall. I still enjoy my workouts, but I’m not seeing much improvement in my body. Thanks for helping to keep me inspired to improve!

    • Hello Sean,
      Nice of you to stop by! Hang in there and don’t get discouraged – we can all hit a wall now and then. Just try and find something new to add to your routine – just one thing can make a big difference. Even jump roping for 10 minutes can add a new boost to your workout! Let me know how things go!

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