In the next segment of my Gym Class Challenge, I went to “BodyART” last night.
I was pretty excited after reading the description:
BodyART: “Ying meets Yang in this class that blends cardio, yoga, and dance based principles. This workout is therapy for over-exercises and perfect for anyone looking to improve the functionality of the body from head to toe. Use deep work training to release tension in the body and return it to the roots of what makes it one efficient and functional unit.”
Dance, yoga, and make my body an efficient unit? Yes, please!
So here we go: BodyART:
If you’ve ever tried discretely taking photos in a class, you know it’s not easy one bit! I took two, but they’re terrible quality, so no judgements please
And what was it like?
The class was just what it said– a lot of yoga moves (lunges, downward dogs), a lot of ballet-style dance movements (plie, dance-like arm movements).
The first part of the class was more yoga inspired but with very flowing movements. Cat & Cow, warrior positions, squats– all with a more dance-like quality to them.
We did 5 minutes of cardio in the middle. Only 5 minutes? Yep and it was great to push yourself because you knew it wouldn’t last long. One of the fun cardio moves– in plank position and then start running with your legs. It was pretty cool, def gets your heart beating, and actually fun.
After every segment throughout the class, we came back to child’s pose, which was really nice and relaxing.
We ended with stretches, some ab moves, and some dance-like moves. I’m not a dancer so I have no idea what to call the moves.
Verdict: It was different. It felt good to stretch, I liked the music, and it’s fun to dance and get away from “normal” yoga. My friend who I went with loved the class and plans to go regularly now.
Would I do it again?: Probably not. It was fun to try, but I got bored and felt like I could have stretched better on my own. Also, I’m not into all the classes where they try to strengthen your thighs lately (aka, chair pose and squats) because let me tell you, my thighs are plenty large and muscular…..I want them thinner and those positions don’t seem to be a good fit for my body.
But once again, it was so fun to try something new. Gym Class Challenge success for a Monday night!
Want to read about my other Challenge Classes?
Cardio Tai Box , Spinning , Aerial Yoga
Have you tried any new classes or workouts lately?