McPherson Group Fitness Monthly Blog - May 2015

Wednesday, May 6 2015 4:14 PM
By Erin Kovacic

Hello McPherson! Below is our May Group Fitness News.

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Kayla Sides has been with Genesis McPherson since we opened in Nov. ’13. She recently just had her first baby. I have always been active in one way or another, whether playing sports, cheerleading, dancing, or running, and I have always enjoyed the fun, community, and accountability of group fitness classes of all kinds.

After graduate school, I got married, moved to McPherson and got certified to teach Zumba. I have now been teaching Zumba for about 3 years and love every second of it! Zumba can get a bad reputation as not a "real" workout, so I would challenge anyone who may wonder about it to come check it out! You may have so much fun that it doesn't feel like a workout, but the cardio and toning components give a great calorie blast!Another misconception about Zumba and other group fitness classes are that you have to look a certain way or be at a certain fitness level to participate, but that just isn't so!

God blessed me with my first child, a son, this past January, and my heart has never been so full! Not only has my life changed, but so has my body! I gained the high end of a healthy weight for a pregnancy, but stayed active throughout my whole pregnancy...attending Zumba just two days before delivering. There were times when I would feel self-conscious dancing in class with my large, round pregnant belly, but our Genesis community is so encouraging and open that I quickly got over that and enjoyed staying healthy for me and my baby.

Now I am dealing with the changes of a post-partum, "Fourth Trimester," body. I am grateful to my body and the miracle it accomplished in my pregnancy and delivery, but there are times, again, that I deal with feeling self-conscious about my softer stomach and rounder form. However, when I first came back to teaching Zumba post-baby, I was met with hugs and smiles at Genesis, and as always, we worked up a good sweat and had a great time. I share this to encourage all individuals to give group fitness classes a chance and to not allow fears or feelings of self-consciousness to get in the way of taking your health and fitness into your own hands! Group fitness classes are a great way to get in shape, stay in shape, or even discover your new shape during or after a baby!

Group Fitness Spotlight – Group Blast

Group Blast  is an energetic cardio workout using The STEP to train fitness, agility, coordination, and strength.
Group Blast is a great cardio alternative to walking, running, or stair climbing because you will do it all: walk, jog, run, jump, plyometrics, balance drills, lateral drills, and quickness drills – all on and off The STEP – to exciting energetic music. With the many exercise options and the adjustability of The STEP, intensity is easily managed so anyone, from new to exercise to an athlete in training, will feel successful.

We launched Group Blast April’15 Saturday, April 25th. Now is the perfect time to come try out Group Blast, if you haven’t already. Its motivating, fun, sporty, and inviting!! Group Blast is Thursday nights @ 5:30pm.


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