To kick off my fitness class challenge, I attended a Kickboxing class at the Equal Balance Gym in Staten Island, NY. I arrived to the class a little bit late due to the rainy weather last Wednesday night. Plus, my bad eyesight didn’t help much. Although five minutes late, I jumped right into it (but unfortunately missed the stretching).
The instructor, John Magz, did a great job of keeping his students on their toes and moving at all times. The class was exhilarating and fun, and definitely a great workout! The sweat dripping down my face felt so good (and nasty), but I knew I was burning calories and building my muscles. I think I might have gained muscles in places I never knew possible!
A mixture of punch, jab, hook, and kicks kept me moving and letting off steam. The best part for me were the punches and the ab workout at the end. When I was punching the punching bag I felt my anger and stress transcend from my body to my arms to the bag. Whatever I was feeling inside, I released it by concentrating on the exercises and motivating myself every step of the way to keep going. I felt myself getting tired after the first half hour because I exerted a lot of my energy in the beginning. To gain back my strength and endurance, I took a deep breathe, a big gulp of water, and hung back for a minute or two. Giving myself that two minute break helped me regain my stamina and determination to complete the class to my best potential.
I enjoyed this class so much that I may make it a regular class each week! Besides kickboxing, I think my next experience lies with the Zumba class. Stay tuned!