I was starting to think that all the HPER classes were pretty decent. Sure, I have enjoyed some more than others, but I hadn't encountered one yet that I couldn't wait to leave.
Friday, my readers, I found that class.
In an attempt to combine socializing with working out, I made plans with a friend to go workout at lunch. "Core Yoga" or "Hard Core Abs/Booty Burn"? I inquired. She wanted to do the abs/booty class, so I made plans to meet up with her and walk down to the HPER.
We got there, and I dashed to my locker to grab an elastic band for my hair. When I got back, she'd saved me a spot and grabbed equipment for me (what a great pal!), and the room was packed. Then we started.
It was okay, at first. Then it just got...complicated. I know that I need to work on building up strength, but I quickly realized my inability to do most of the poses was not exactly my fault. The number of people failing to understand the instructor or to hold the poses was more than half. Some of the moves were straightforward and effective, but many were unnecessarily complicated and possibly dangerous for inexperienced students. There were props everywhere when one or two would have sufficed.
At the end of the half hour, we were both frustrated and incredibly annoyed by the instructor and the class. Sure, I felt like I worked my abs (and they were sore a few days later), but I didn't enjoy the experience. I didn't want to stay for the second class, and after seeing some of the props being added in addition to the ones already out, K decided she didn't want to stay either.
I want to try the class again, but with another instructor. Part of good instruction is being able to see that your class is struggling and make adjustments accordingly. Sure, she was in shape, but she didn't do much to help us get there and enjoy the process.