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It looks intimidating, doesn’t it? That room at the gym where they have classes with
names like Cardio Kickboxing, Step Funk and Pump ‘n’ Jump. As you’ve walked by,
you’ve watched the exercisers out of the corner of your eye – it looks like loads of
fun. But you know you could never do that – you trip over yourself walking from the
Stairmaster to the treadmill, both of which are getting really boring. Well,
guess what? If for a few minutes you can stop telling yourself that you can’t
do cardio dance, maybe – just maybe – you’ll discover that you actually can.
Granted, if you seriously have a problem moving and counting to four at the same
time, one count for each step, then cardio dance is probably not for you. If you can
count to eight while moving, then there’s a chance you may actually become good at
it. Can you step-touch? Meaning, can you take a step to the side and bring your
other foot to meet it? Can you march in place? Can you step forward with one foot
and then raise the other knee? Can you step forward with one foot and, while
standing on that foot, raise the other knee three times? If you can do that, then
you’ve already performed a cardio dance move – it’s called a “repeater” (a rather
obvious name for repeating the same knee lift more than once). It only gets better
from here on.
Here are some tips that will help you make the most out of your cardio dance
Dress properly, including and especially your footwear! The right shoes can make your cardio class a joy; the wrong ones can cause injury. With cardio dance, you are moving sideways quite a bit, as opposed to forward, like you do when you walk or run. So you will need shoes made especially for cardio dance. If you don’t want to invest in shoes specifically for cardio dance right away, at the very least make sure you have cross-trainers – that way, if the classes don’t work out for you, you can use them for other activities. If you’re a woman, make sure you’re wearing an athletic bra that gives you a lot of support, even if you’re doing a low- impact class – a jogging bra, at the very least. You really don’t want to be flopping around – it’s uncomfortable, and if you’re more than a B cup, it’s downright painful.
When come to class for the first time, show up early and let the instructor know you’re a beginner. That way he or she can take some extra time with you or at least make sure you’re in a spot where you can see what’s going on.
Start off with a simple class, something with a name like “Beginning Aerobics” or “Hi-Lo I.” Don’t even think about the “Tae-Yo-Fusion-Funk-Pump III” class yet! Go as basic as possible. When you’re starting to get bored of basic, then try something more advanced or adventuresome, like a funk class or a Step class.
Follow the instructor as if you’re looking at a mirror. Don’t think about right and left too much – that can get confusing. Just imitate/ mirror what the instructor is doing to the best of your ability. Don’t think about it too much. Thinking gets in the way of doing. The less you think, the better off you will be.