12 01 2011

This is a week of new activities in Dublin…after softball and swimming, today was my turn to try Zumba…this is a new class showing up in the DCU gym group schedule. Unlike all other classes, members would have to pay €5 for the class. However today was a free starter class so I obviously signed up to go and try it.

The class was held by two girls from Zumba Ireland and it really was a class of calorie burning fun. I really enjoyed myself and at the end of the day it is a really good workout. However I am glad there were no people there that I know, cos there were some moves I will certainly never repeat out of the confines of a Zumba class. Here is an idea of a class and you could understand better why:

Overall what is my verdict?…A really great class…Will I be back?…Seriously doubt it…the DCU gym group schedule is packed with interesting classes, which are free…so why pay €5 a week to go to this class? They do not even have an option of say €20 for 5 classes or so. I seriously doubt they succeed…but hey I am in Ireland…so what do I know?

Gymming again

6 01 2011

Today was my first day back in the gym after the Christmas holidays. The class schedule has changed, and so a whole new set of classes has been opened up to me. There are classes like kettlebells which sound interesting. Once I move onto campus (weeee did I tell you I will change residence and move to the campus postgrad residence on the 2nd of February…I just paid my deposit and everything should be in order…I will be in a 3 bedroom apartment and having a much larger space in my room wippie) I hope to get into a couple of 8pm classes, such as boxercise and so on. At the moment once I go home I do not feel like going back out again especially at 8pm when it is dark. However once I am living on campus, I will be just 2mins away from the gym, so I would have no excuses 🙂

Well, what class did I do today? Pilates. What does it consist of you might ask?

The Pilates method seeks to develop controlled movement from a strong core and it does this using a range of apparatuses to guide and train the body.

Basically…no sweating involved. But lots of muscle contractions and breathing. You do things like sit ups and other exercises, but instead of huffing and puffing along you do them slowly. No cheating here…you get to feel all the muscles. I found it quite confusing…you have to think about what you are doing, but also on whether you are exhaling and inhaling. There were also exercises where you exhale 5 times in a row then inhale 5 times in a row…or else where you are squashed and should be breathing in…but my lungs were all squashed hmmmm. It is not an easy class…but many not for me…or maybe next time I combine it with a walk on the treadmill or something…but it does give you more muscle strength…my problem is that I have no muscle strength in my core at the moment I think.

Will keep you updated 🙂

Attacked to the Core!

5 10 2010

Today I finally did what I have been saying I want to do since the day I visited the University once I come here. I joined the gym! The gym at DCU has got a fitness centre, a swimming pool, sauna etc etc. It is quite impressive…it impressed not only me it seems, because it has just been named Sports Centre of the Year for the second year running, by the Excellence Ireland Quality Association. I joined this evening and went straight in. The first mistake I did was that after quite some time of laziness (ever since I stopped handball and softball training just before summer when the season ended) I decided to do a class. I saw the Core Attack class on and had decided to do that, since it was at a convenient time. I had been informed this morning that it is a hard class. But well, I always pretty much do whatever anyways. So in I went. I certainly did not perform well during the class. It was a sort of circuit training where you move from station to station. Unfortunately most of it was related to upper body strength…of which I have NONE! I am much better with leg exercise…but when it comes to push ups and the sort…aaaaaaaa.

The class was only 30 minutes long (sounds pathetic I know). It went by pretty fast…but I now need a deep, relaxing massage. Cannot wait to have a long hot shower before I sleep. I still need to be up and ready for tomorrow. Cos the plan is to go back to the gym tomorrow (maybe I will use the pool and swim???)…will see, cos at 6pm I have an activity by the BRS (Biological Research Society) at DCU, which I would like to go to.

I am not picky...someone like this would do!

I am not picky...someone like this would do!