So sorry this post is mega late – I was supposed to post this a week ago but time has just got away from me. My husband’s uncle passed away a couple of weeks ago and life has been hectic ever since.
Culturally we have a mourning period and lots of people have been coming to our house to mourn over the last few weeks. We have also hosted many a family meal/gathering in the last few weeks, so badminton has been on the back burner. Life is slowly returning to normal. I’m hoping to play badminton this Wednesday. Granted I’ll be rubbish due to lack of practice but oh well, I need to get back into it. I miss it!
I’m not so worried about being unfit because I’ve been working hard these past few weeks, serving people food and washing up. To the point that I go to bed exhausted! I think badminton definitely built up my stamina as I am able to do much more than I used to be able to do.
So anyway, week before last I booked myself on to a ‘legs, bums and tums’ class at my local leisure centre thinking how hard can it be? I play badminton after all! Well I was in for a surprise, this was not the slow paced class I was expecting on a Tuesday evening at all!
I had swapped my court for a studio with big mirrors and energetic dance music. I had weights instead of shuttlecocks and the teacher was full of energy!
The first half was non-stop bounding around the studio to the music while lunging, swinging arms and swivelling hips – in any given direction. I had to keep a constant eye on what the teacher was doing and try to copy it while launching my body in the right direction, at the right time. Needless to say this was hilarious. I looked like a kangaroo that had gone nuts – hopping one way, then another way, then back! I couldn’t help but giggle at how silly I looked, but about 20 minutes in I felt like I was finally getting it.
The teacher was relentless – my whole body was burning and my lungs felt like they were on fire. What on earth?! I was not expecting this at all!
Then for the second half of the class we used small weights – 1-1.5kg and lunged with them or raised them above us and pulsed. Let me tell you, that is much harder than it sounds! Holding the weights out in front of your chest while squatting and then pulsing for 15 seconds? Yep, calves on fire, arms on fire. Generally red as a tomato? yep!
Then we got on to our mats. I thought this meant we would finally be relaxing, maybe stretch a bit? Oh no, not relaxing. We were now picking up parts of our body and pulsing with them just a little bit off the ground until it felt like our legs were going to fall off.
I was so relieved at the end when we got to do sit – ups. Yes that was me relaxing in this class, when I was doing sit ups at the end. Finally – something I’m good at! I had to open my hair though because my ponytail kept bugging me when I would take my head back down to the floor.
I looked like a real dishevelled mess at the end – but I loved it!
The next day, my whole body ached, but I’m sure it did me some good. Different to badminton, but I think it will help my general fitness and build core strength. I will definitely go again!