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Another installment of AIF (Adventures in Fitness): today I decided to try a new class  called UJam Fitness.  I’d heard about it a few times but never seen it before, so all I had to go by was this description from the 24 Hour Fitness website:

This class unites world beats with urban flavor and takes you around the world from hip-hop to Bollywood with an intense cardiovascular workout! Easy to learn dance steps choreographed to high energy music that makes you sweat, tone your body and leaves you craving for more!”

  I wish I would’ve done a bit more research and looked up their website or watched a couple of videos before heading all the way over to the club location that’s about 20 minutes away from my house.  With gas prices being what they are a 40-minute round trip has to be worth it, you know?

From the description, I thought the class was going to incorporate old skool hip hop (cuz that’s how we spell “old school” in the ‘hood) and some Indian dance beats.  I thought it was going to be more like Afro Belly Boogie, which I love.

The class was really sort of chaotic.  The music wasn’t old school hip hop; I’m not sure what it was.  I didn’t hear one Bollywood beat.  No world rhythms, either.  The instructor was another bouncer.  {Sigh. I’m not sure what it is about this club, but they definitely hire overly perky teachers}. And, ok, I know that perkiness is a good thing in a dance class instructor, but not so much so that she can’t modify the moves for the new students. And yes, I raised my hand when she asked if there was anyone who was new, although that didn’t really seem to matter.

To be fair, the class seemed really in-sync, which means that once you learn the moves, it must be fairly predictable.  I have natural rhythm, and I was keeping up alright for about 50% of the class, but some of the moves involved footwork that was just too fasted paced for me (at least at my current weight).

I’m not sure that I’d take this class again, even at my goal weight, because the moves didn’t flow like they do with Zumba and Afro Belly Boogie – they’re sharp, jarring, and not at all appealing to me.

I’m glad I tried it, even though I left after 30 minutes.  I just couldn’t see myself fumbling around not enjoying myself for the rest of the 60-minute class.  The thing I like about all of the different classes offered at 24 Hour Fitness is their variety – something for everyone.  Which also means that once in a while, I’m going to go to a class that just isn’t my cup of tea.

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