Thursday, July 15, 2010

Trying new classes at the gym (so you don't have to)

Yesterday I had plans to meet friends in Kanata at 6:15.

Rather than come home first, I went to the gym. As I walked in, I was reminded that there was a demo class happening at 5:30.

This was a drum class. (Warning - that link opens up a web page with sound).

I decided to give it a try - I wouldn't be able to stay for the whole thing, but it looked better than the elliptical.

I wandered over to the exercise room, and ... only two people were there. (Well, three if you could the instructor).

We set up our exercise balls - the other student and I each had one in front of us and one behind us. She had one to her left and I had one to my right. That way we could each move left or right and still have a ball in front of us.

We started with technique - how to hold the drumsticks, how to shuffle, how to move left and right, etc.

About 15 minutes in, the instructor turned on the music and we tried it all together.

It was fun, although my drumsticks went flying once and I knocked over a couple of exercise balls. (I always forget how terribly uncoordinated I am until I try something new.)

I don't think I would want to do this very often - there was a reasonable amount of pivoting, and I've hurt my knees and ankles too often to make that entirely safe - but it was a nice change.

(And yes, I was late getting to Kanata.)

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