Friday, June 17, 2011

It just felt different...

I've been a resident of Barrhaven for approximately 36 hours now.

Is it surprising that I've already checked my new gym? :)

I went to the Goodlife at Strandherd Crossing for the first time. It's a mere 5km from my new house and it's a beautiful facility. SCORE!

I checked the schedule, and there was a Body Combat class at 5h30.


If you've been reading my blog for a while you know that I'm not new to Body Combat, I've been attending that class for at least 4 years.

But the second I walked into this class it just felt different. The second the music started, and the instructor gave her opening remarks I knew it was going to be a great class.

I'm not a happy exerciser. I'm there to work. I'm there to sweat. I'm there to burn calories.

You know what though? During this class I actually smiled. A lot.

The instructor's energy was totally infectious. Her music selection was amazing. She was EXACTLY what I like in a fitness instructor, a combination of drill Sergeant with a bit motivational speaker tossed in.

And her back muscles? Gorgeous.

Throughout the class, I told myself that after the class I would go introduce myself and thank her for such an amazing class. Like I said, I've taken HUNDREDS of classes and have yet to be "wowed" like I was last night. I've never really chatted with an instructor after class, but I felt compelled to tell her how much I LOVED her class.

Just before we started our ab track, Denise humbly told us that she was being considered for Instructor of the Year in Ottawa. A title she most certainly deserves.

I've been having some slight anxiety issues about leaving my current club, as it's become like a little family to me. A sense of comfort if you will...but after taking Denise's class last night and even just being in the club itself, all my anxiety went away. As cheesy as it sounds, it felt like home.

I cannot wait to find out what other classes she teaches, because I will most certainly be in her "fan club".

Thank you Denise for making me work hard, for making me sweat, and for making me realize that exercise can be fun.

I'll be back to your classes. Often. :)

Question: Have you ever been wowed by an instructor? What makes a good group fitness instructor?


Laura said...

Back when I did Step, there was one instructor that was awesome....she made it a tough class and didn't back down - if it was Step was Step 3. Leave if you could not keep up. It was good music and while she "Woo Hoo'ed" it wasn't irritating.
My coach is my fav spin instructor. 45min of pain...and the harder we work...the harder she makes it.

Meg said...

I have a spin instructor I LOVE, Ashley B. But she's pregnant and stopped teaching spin in January. Something about her energy and sense of humour and love for tabata drills just made my day.

I also love one of the Zumba instructors at my gym. I get really self-conscious during Zumba, but her class is just FUN. I forget that I look like a moron and just have a good time, beaming smile on my face. Her name hasn't been on the schedule for a few weeks, so I panicked, but turns out she's got an injury and is taking some time off

rusty61 said...

You live very close to me now and I used to go to that gym. Try to find out when Lori teaches spin -- she was the main reason I loved going!

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