I’ve been exercise experimenting for practically 3 months now, have tried a dozen or so studios and have been a part of so many classes it’s hard to keep them all straight. Readers of this blog keep asking me if I’ve found the classes that I plan on sticking with forever. The truth is that I’m not sure about forever, but I do have three that stand out in my head as something I’d like to do more of.
- Pole dancing. The taster class that I took at the Diva Den Studio was one of the hardest, most rewarding fitness classes I’ve ever taken. Not only did I walk out of that studio feeling confident, I have a whole new level of respect for those who pole dance professionally. Additionally, I am no longer afraid of the notorious booty short. I plan on checking out other pole dancing studios in the area so stay tuned for those stories.
- Belly dancing. Choreography scares the bejesus out of me, but for some reason, I was able to follow belly dance when I tried Henna’s online class. I want to explore that more because up until now I’ve classified myself as a terrible dancer. I’ll be taking some in-person belly dance classes in the next few months and cannot wait to tell you all about them.
- Yoga. I’ve always found yoga to be too slow for my type-a ways. Despite this, I’ve taken a handful of yoga classes at different studios around town and my last hot yoga class at YoYoYogi (review on that studio coming soon!) definitely solidified for me that I was wrong. I really enjoy yoga especially when there is the added challenge of heat or when yoga is combined with other disciplines like dance in Barre3 classes. More yoga, please!
So, that’s dance, dance, yoga. If you’ve been following along week after week, you’re probably giggling right now because when I started this blog the 2 things I called out not being a fan of were yoga and dance. HA. Oh, the irony. My pdXercise.com escapades never cease to surprise me.
While you can expect more stories about pole dance, belly dance and yoga here, you can also expect to see me continue to gym hop all around Portland and blog it. This exercise experiment is far from over.