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Group Active

by Meghann on July 21, 2010

My gym changed the class schedule up on me this morning.

Well technically they changed it on July 11th, but whose paying attention to that little detail?

Instead of the Back2Back Body Power & Cycling session I was expecting I got Back2Back Group Active & Cycling.

Now, I’ve never tried Group Active before, so I figured I’d give it a shot, but as soon as we started utilizing the step bench with actual step moves I knew I was in trouble. I have ZERO coordination and any type of activity that involves aerobics, dance, or a step up bench means I am immediately in trouble.

I tried to keep up – I really did! – but by the end I was so frustrated with stepping over my own feet that I did not feel satisfied with the work out at all. Such a shame. πŸ™

I guess for now back2backs on Wednesday are not going to be possible. Oh well. There’s still Fridays! πŸ˜‰

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My all time favorite post-gym meal: Overnight Oats in a Jar!

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Today’s contents:

  • The last of the jar of almond butter
  • 1/2 cup Oats
  • Plain Yogurt
  • Almond Milk
  • Cinnamon
  • Cacao Nibs
  • Craisins

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With strawberries and blueberries for topping

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The world’s perfect breakfast in a jar.

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I realized by the end that I need a longer spoon! Having to scrape all the good stuff on the bottom was quite a messy endeavor, but you gotta do what ya gotta do to get it done. πŸ˜‰

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As I mentioned above I am AWFUL at any gym class that involves dance moves or a routine of any kind. Despite years of dance, cheerleading, gymnastics, tap, jazz, and so on and so on, I have ZERO coordination when it comes to things like step aerobics or zumba. Which is why I try to avoid those classes at all costs.

I’m also awful at any time of latin or swing classes. My hips just don’t move like they’re suppose to. Le sigh.

What about you? Are you able to shake what your mother gave you or are you more like me and prefer to stand in the back and stumble over her own feet?

1 runningwithsass July 21, 2010 at 9:25 am

the fruit looks so good!

….it depends. sometimes I think I have rhythm, and other times I feel stupid!

2 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday July 21, 2010 at 9:26 am

Step classes can be really fun once you get coordinated. But the first 3 or 4 classes you might spend just standing there at some points because you can’t figure out the steps. If you stick with it it can become a really fun cardio workout (not intense, per se, but fun)

3 Jessie (Bites and Pieces) July 21, 2010 at 9:27 am

I am a total klutz in all other aspects of my life, but somehow I am awesome at step aerobics! I love anything with challenging, choreographed moves. I must admit, it comes from years of practice though. πŸ™‚

4 carly July 21, 2010 at 9:28 am

I think you should stick with it. I know it’s hard when you have “no rhythm,” but after a couple of sessions you should start remembering the steps and moves. I find that those classes can be GREAT workouts, so I think it could be worth it to stick it out for at least another session. πŸ˜‰

5 Brittney July 21, 2010 at 9:29 am

Haha, I can totally relate to this! I always thought was a decent dancer at weddings and such and when I went to a (I say “a” because there was only one, I never went back!) zumba class and saw myself trying to do those moves, I was horrified! Seriously?! Is that what I look like when I dance?! Yeah, I avoid those classes now too….lol!

6 katie July 21, 2010 at 9:29 am

That’s funny- you’re so athletic I would not have guessed you would have trouble with a step class! I’m not great with that kind of coordination but not awful either- sort of inbetween.

7 Jenny July 21, 2010 at 9:29 am

Question- whya re these called overnight oats? πŸ™‚

8 Meghann July 21, 2010 at 9:39 am

Because you prepare everything the night before and then sit in the fridge over night. πŸ™‚

9 Jaclyn July 21, 2010 at 9:34 am

I did dance and cheer growing up so you would think I’d be coordinated enough… but I think getting caught off guard like you did from the missed schedule would have proven otherwise! I get flustered really easily.

10 thedailyoatmeal July 21, 2010 at 9:38 am

I can feel your pain on the gym class! A while back I ventured into a “Butts and Guts” class at my gym– which is taught by my favorite Pilates instructor. Apparently, at my gym, Butts and Guts translates into crazy step aerobics class. I could not understand the lingo, let alone the steps πŸ™

11 pursuitofhealthfulness July 21, 2010 at 9:38 am

I am a total lost cause when it comes to finding any rhythm! I hope to be a fitness instructor someday, but I know that I’ll have to learn the step-stuff along the way and that freaks me out!

12 sunnytropic July 21, 2010 at 9:40 am

I’m with you – absolutely no coordination when it comes to aerobics or dance. I stick to indoor cycling as my only gym class, and run other days!

13 Marilou July 21, 2010 at 9:41 am

I ended up with a step class in college, since the volleyball one was full. I hated it with all my heart! As good as I was in sports in general, anything that involves moving my arms, butt and feet at the same time is a disaster!

I’m way too much of a goof. No wonder just by walking I get bruises hehehe

14 bridetobefit July 21, 2010 at 9:41 am

I wish I had coordination, but I definetly am a stumbler! Ohhh well. :).

15 Mellissa July 21, 2010 at 9:43 am

I look ridiculous doing step or routine based things! Zumba I can at least stumble my way through but my hips do not move like that at all.

16 Jess July 21, 2010 at 9:50 am

Firstly, before I started reading your blog, I thought I was the only person to use the last bit of almond butter in a jar like that! I always do overnight oats/muesli in my almond butter jar!

As far as rhythm/dance, my favorite fitness class (aside from Spinning) is Zumba! I’ve been doing it on-and-off for years! I first started doing it in college. I love choreographed dance. I’m not all that coordinated, but I like to try. Once I get the hang of it, I can fake awesomeness really easily, haha!

The classes that I always look ridiculous in are anything involving step! Step aerobics, etc… I stumble and trip all the time. I’m the one in the back of the class spinning the opposite direction as everyone else. It’s just so unnatural to me!

17 emily July 21, 2010 at 9:55 am

I have noooo coordination or rhythm. When I was a cheerleader in high school the coach finally told me to just pretend to clap, instead of making noise off-beat!

18 Allie July 21, 2010 at 9:58 am

i used to teach step in college (waaaaaaaay back in the late 90:s πŸ˜‰ ). i used to be really into it! i am awful, however, at dance type classes. just awful. no moves.

19 fitandfortysomething July 21, 2010 at 10:01 am

I am awful too! When people mention zumba I want to run away fast πŸ™‚

20 susan July 21, 2010 at 10:07 am

I just got the perfect spoon last weekend from Crate & Barrel. It’s there iced tea spoon from open stock. It was just a few bucks. It works perfectly for OIAJ!!!

21 Karla July 21, 2010 at 10:10 am

I think practice makes perfect, even in aerobicy dance like classes. This is coming from the clumsiest, most uncoordinated person on the planet! I used to take kickboxing twice a week. When I first started, I was terrible. I could never remember the moves and I was a mess! I left the first few classes feeling like I hadn’t worked out! But I stuck with it and after a while my coordination improved and I got a great work out! I say stick with it! Amazing how you can improve after a few weeks!

22 P2B July 21, 2010 at 10:13 am

I have horrible coordination and rhythm. Although I do like structure, group classes that involve a step have always been a challenge for me. I feel like I need to do another workout after because it wasn’t good enough.

23 runningaroundnormal July 21, 2010 at 10:14 am

Bummer about the class change :-/ I’m not a huge Group Active fan either. Overnight oats in a jar seriously in the way to go. It works out much better than trying to stir in PB into cold oats! Makes me wish I would have utilized my near empty jar for my overnight oats breakfast this morning!

24 Heather July 21, 2010 at 10:14 am

I was absolutely horrible at my first few step classes (a few years ago) but after a few weeks I got much better at it and even started to enjoy it.

I am, though, a stand in the back of the room girl. I hate to look like I can’t do it!

25 40apples July 21, 2010 at 10:22 am

Your overnight oats look miraculous!

Back in college, a friend convinced me to come to a Step class she was “assisting” in. I felt like a crazy person for the first handfull of classes, flailing and tripping over the stupid step – those moves are NOT forgiving to beginners!! – and I’d just end up flustered and frustrated and wondering why this “friend” was insisting on putting me through this. But as with everything, of course, it takes time to learn the moves and feel comfortable enough to use them effectively. I guess you gotta make the decision to either jump into it and leave pride at the door for a few classes, or take a pass on it altogether. It sucks that your gym sched changed on you!

BTW by the end of that semester, I was such a mega Step master… but I still stopped going and haven’t been back since. Who knows, maybe some brave day I’ll give it another go….. πŸ™‚

26 Jamie in Arkansas July 21, 2010 at 10:27 am

Hey Meghann,
How much yogurt do you add to your overnight oats?
Thanks!

27 Meghann July 21, 2010 at 11:58 am

A couple of spoonfuls? Just until the oats are all moist and then I add the milk.

28 Jenny July 21, 2010 at 10:39 am

I think you should give step another try. It takes everyone several classes before feeling like they know what they’re doing. It took me two classes/week for a month before I got into the swing of things. I’m so glad I stuck with it because I think it’s super entertaining and heart-pumping, and the time usually seems to fly by.

29 Kimberly Lee July 21, 2010 at 10:39 am

In real life I am a total klutz. I have broken the same bone in my foot 5 times all from missteps while walking. (Long story) However, when it comes to group aerobics — I am totally coordinated. I am not sure how, or if I can even, explain it.

30 Therese July 21, 2010 at 10:40 am

I am SO uncoordinated with stuff like that! I really dislike dance class workouts because I can never get the first step down in time to incorporate the second step and then I just get frustrated and annoyed.

31 ActiveEggplant July 21, 2010 at 10:47 am

I am awful at anything dancing related – thus no Zumba for me. But I can somehow keep up with step classes (at least the old Jane Fonda videos anyway…) the only group classes I actually enjoy taking are spinning and yoga!

32 biz319 July 21, 2010 at 10:53 am

I am a kluts with a capital K! I took a Bosu class and it literally took me three weeks before I wasn’t falling all over it! Maybe just try it again and you’ll get the hang of it?

33 Angela July 21, 2010 at 11:03 am

I can be coordinated when its not free style. I don’t have that much rhythm on the dance floor, but years of cheerleading and gymnastics helped me to pick up basic 8 counts steps. I still struggle with new classes though. I have to take them at least twice before I can get the hang of it. I’m also better when I’m by myself – I can pick up moves from a DVD much better than from an instructor. Maybe its because I’m more comfortable in that setting?

34 DiningAndDishing July 21, 2010 at 11:06 am

I have a hard time following choreography in group classes! However, if I do a release a few times I do catch on eventually. So I just live with making a fool of myself for a couple times! No one’s really watching anyway, right?? πŸ™‚

– Beth @ http://www.DiningAndDishing.com

35 freshman5k July 21, 2010 at 11:08 am

I’m pretty coordinated, but if I’m tired or hungry, it’s a different story!

36 Liz @ Tip Top Shape July 21, 2010 at 11:35 am

I love step classes! I can see how they would be difficult (and not fun), though, if you have trouble picking up the steps. You should give it another try, though! The next class may have similar moves so maybe you’d catch on quicker.

37 Becky July 21, 2010 at 11:44 am

I am so awful when it comes to choreographed routines! I always feel foolish and get super frustrated, so I have to avoid those classes. I commend you for giving it a shot!

38 Fallon July 21, 2010 at 11:49 am

haha I have the SAME problem with zero coordination. I’m very much use to going at my own pace working out in the gym. I’ve tried to get into the body pump classes but I lose coordination and I don’t feel like I’m getting a good workout. I feel some instructors move too quickly and as I watch the other people workout they are doing a lot of things wrong which can result in an injury.

I started taking a boot camp class at 24 and I love it. During cardio sessions he will make us do some kick boxing moves, basically punches and jabs.. I feel so uncoordinated. My punches are weak. Now if I had an actual punching bag in front of me, I’d get more into it. πŸ˜‰

If it is a yoga, pilates or spin class.. then I’m perfectly fine! Just those darn step classes, zumba and kick boxing that get me. I kind of wish I did find coordination in those classes because everyone comes out SO SWEATY!

39 Kelly July 21, 2010 at 11:53 am

I’m awful at step classes, hate hate hate them. I also did gymnastics for years, so I have the coordination, I guess I just can’t follow and pick up on the moves,haha.

40 Alexis @ Mission: Ambition July 21, 2010 at 12:20 pm

Group aerobics classes are my FAVORITE, especially if there’s choreography involved πŸ™‚ I actually don’t care for step. I tried Zumba once but the instructor was awful. My love and go-to class is Turbo Kick! I pick up the choreography quickly and am one of the leaders. However, ask me to run a mile and see what happens, lol πŸ˜‰ I am not a runner at all! We all have different exercise niches πŸ™‚

41 Avery July 21, 2010 at 12:25 pm

Haha. I totally feel your pain! One time I tried a step aerobic class and got SO frustrated, I threw a mini tantrum and literally just walked out in the middle of the class. I promise it was just that one time.. I like to think I’m usually a little more mature than that! But I can relate! πŸ™‚

42 dawn July 21, 2010 at 12:26 pm

i’m right there with ya, meghann… i HATE aerobics/zumba classes. i have no coordination when it comes to those moves and i get distracted by the women that are so god they can add their own little “flair” to the dance. i end up not getting a good workout because i stand there half of the time… so i totally avoid those kinds of classes now.

43 marie July 21, 2010 at 12:34 pm

oh, and they also have little names for all the moves in step that the instructor will call out like “in four you’re gonna step left to a swinging rocking horse” and then she just goes into it, right as you start to get comfortable with the step you are doing and yeah… step based classes always require multiple visits before i feel comfortable. then i feel like a ruler of step.

44 Derek July 21, 2010 at 12:36 pm

so that’s why you ditched me during the latin song. I have merengue hips and you don’t. Let’s find you some! =)

45 Meghann July 21, 2010 at 1:27 pm

#confession – I don’t even like listening to latin music let alone dancing to it. I immediately want to walk out of a room when it comes on. I guess that’s how some people feel about country music? Don’t hate me! πŸ™‚

46 gavrielski July 21, 2010 at 12:39 pm

I LOVE any type of high-intensity dance, aerobic, or movement class. There is just something so rejuvenating about shakin’ it! As long as it’s a good workout, of course…Enjoy your day!

47 Heather July 21, 2010 at 12:43 pm

I think I have pretty good rhythm, so I like those kinds of classes. I took Zumba for the first time a few weeks ago, and for the most part I did pretty well! Stumbled a couple of times, but I caught on quickly.

48 Lee July 21, 2010 at 12:49 pm

I am horribly uncoordinated. I’ve never taken a step class for the fear that I would completely embarrass myself.

49 Lizz July 21, 2010 at 12:51 pm

No way would I do one of those classes! I would be so worried about getting the steps right that I’d be frustrated the entire time. I’d probably end up just standing there watching everyone!

50 Jill@MySoCalledHealthLife July 21, 2010 at 1:01 pm

I LOVE dancing and I am not afraid to say I am actually good at it! I can also admit I am terrible at most of athletic endeavors! You win some you lose some πŸ˜‰

51 Annie July 21, 2010 at 1:30 pm

I’m fairly coordinated but I cannot do step aerobics to save my life. I’m always on the opposite side of the step as everyone else and can’t keep up with all the detailed steps! Sooo frustrating! As for Zumba, I’m surprisingly pretty good at it.

BTW, I’m new to your blog and I look forward to reading your new posts every day.

52 Rachael July 21, 2010 at 2:18 pm

As my shins, elbows and other extremities will attest to, I am very uncoordinated Step aerobics and dance classes have pretty much been one big fail, save for the comic relief I probably provided for others. For some reason, this does not translate into the yoga studio – the one place where I have balance and flexibility and all that good stuff..

53 newleafeats July 21, 2010 at 2:41 pm

I love Zumba! I’ve danced in various forms for half my life and I did swing dancing when I was a senior in high school. I miss it so much!

I love the dance-type classes because I actually find them fun! I have a hard time getting excited about a workout when it’s just aerobic steps or moving a weight around over and over.

54 Ed July 21, 2010 at 4:45 pm

I L-O-V-E Latin dances! I usually dance salsa, but bachata is my favorite!! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cehkSxOLNA <– not me, I wish ;)) I'm so into salsa, bachata, merengue that I can't do Zumba because I have so much trouble breaking the steps.
It definitely took a lot of practice to be able to dance well! Keep at it!

55 Ajay July 21, 2010 at 7:33 pm

I was horrifically unco-ordinated as a child – I was bullied all the way through primary school because I was TERRIBLE at sport and even though I was a high level rhythmic gymnast in high school, I constantly trip over my own feet.

In year 11, we started doing bodyjam in our recreation classes, which is a dance-based group fitness class. I stacked it three times in the first class and swore I was never setting foot in a class again… my drama teacher, knowing I had some terrible self-confidence issues, convinced me to give it another go.

8 years on, I can say that giving that class another go changed my life. I joined the gym when I graduated high school because of it, then got hooked on all kinds of group fitness.

I’m now trained and teaching bodystep, bodybalance and bodyattack – and yep, I’m also trained in bodyjam…

Sometimes I see people in my class who remind me of the same way I felt when I first started. It gets better, I promise!!

56 Olivia @ Blissful Runner July 21, 2010 at 10:31 pm

Ugh, I’m right there with you! I have a HORRIBLE time watching someone execute a move and then trying to get my limbs to somehow replicate it. I’ve tried and tried and have finally determined it’s impossible – at least in a class setting. By the time I figure it out I’m at least 1 or 2 steps behind. I get so frustrated I could cry! Good for you for sticking with it til the end!!

57 Anne P July 22, 2010 at 8:05 am

Oh god I’m HORRIBLE at those coordinated type classes too. I took a step class once… that was the end of that. I’ll stick with boot camps πŸ˜‰

58 shelly@campinggirlchronicals July 22, 2010 at 6:12 pm

I have tried step and was constantly tripping over my own feet… to the point that I was afraid that I would fall off. I am not coordinated at all and would not do that class again.

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