Thoughts on fitness, health, good nutrition ... and running.

Welcome to Bald Man Running, a blog launched by Frank Murphy on January 1, 2015.

In March, 2013 I was selected as a contestant for the sixth season of Fort Wayne's Smallest Winner. Through this amazing program, I learned about good nutrition, sound exercise and accountability. By October, I would lose over 88 pounds (almost 37% of my original weight)! One of the many things I acquired through FWSW was a love for running. You can retrace my weight loss journey and discover how I became a runner by reading those entries labeled "fwsw" ...

Note: Many of the blog entries on this website predate 1/1/2015. Prior to launching BMR, I had written articles for various projects, and I have imported many of them into this blog (labeled "retro").

Saturday, May 25, 2013

I tried to steal his blues ...

Did a Zumba class with my wife this morning. She really loves to dance, so this is something she really enjoys. Here's my perspective ...

I think the instructor is what makes the class. If you've got a lousy instructor, it's probably not very fun or intense. Our instructor was cool. She's got a lot of enthusiasm and character which makes the class enjoyable. She also does the entire workout with us, so instead of telling us how to do something, she's showing us how to do it. She also does a chirp and whistle kind of thing throughout the workout. I'm not sure how to describe it, but she kind of sounds like R2-D2 when she cues us to switch to another move.

If you're really coordinated, I suppose it is even more fun, but I wouldn't know. I can't dance (insert Genesis musical cue), so I do rough approximations of the official movements, which is allowed. It's not easy, but there are enough reps for me to figure it out eventually. And while it's inspired by dance, it's not really dancing either. You don't need to know how to do much to make it a good workout.

Quality of workout? Personally, it's a little outside my comfort zone, so I prefer some of the more traditional workout classes. I work up a sweat, so it's a good workout. There's a lot of fun music and good variety in movement, so it can be a great "change of pace" workout. I'm also doing it with my wife, which makes it extra cool.

I do know that in just about every class I've taken at Spiece, girls outnumber the guys by a long shot. I'm talking like ten or more to one in several of the classes. I usually feel a little weird when the instructor says "okay, girls do _____ ... (brief pause) ... and the guy can do it too." If you're a single guy thinking about getting into shape, maybe knowing this ratio is just the thing you needed to motivate you to kick into gear.

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