MOVE…Shake Up Your Workout Routine
This was the title of the 4 hour workshop I signed up for “MOVE” with a picture of a beautiful wave of water rolling across the promo ad. What made this die-hard, weight training professional decide to participate? Curiousity, regime boredom, and a need for personal inspiration.
There we were. Twenty participants staring at each other in the midst of this huge space. Some of us were dressed for a workout and some of us were dressed for a yoga experience. Some of us had our shoes on and some of us didn’t. Some of us were open to conversation and some of us weren’t. Every shape and size, every fitness level and adult age group were represented. Our common bond to the moment – adventure to “MOVE”. The music started and three instructors began to do what each of them does best, move. Not the typical movement from my gym experiences. One began Thai Chi moves, one began Free Moves, and one began Modern Dance.
In the midst of this gym space surrounded by weights and equipment it became obvious, as we were shown how to grab hands and form a human snake, that we were not going to move in the typical “gym” way. We were not going to get to hang on to our personal space. We were going to have to connect and interact. We were going to have to pay attention and watch each other. We were going to have to challenge our adult brains to remember how to “play”. We were going to have to give ourselves and each other permission to move, experiment, dance, and interact.
What followed? Four hours of movement broken into sessions of combined group and individual activities designed to provide personal challenges in various movement modalities. We experienced the opportunity to try Thai Chi moves, Free moves, and Modern Dance. There were no weights, balls, steps, or competitions. The class was designed to be an exhibition of movement not a personal or group competition. However, I feel each of us found ourselves competing with our own thoughts on how we personally move to different rhythms. A workshop which gave permission to explore. It was an adult playground where we interacted, danced, smiled, jumped, ran, interpreted, and experienced movement. The overall body workout experience combining cardio, functional movements, dance, and free moves. We did in fact, sweat! A lot.
Thought compilation of the movement experience: Release, jump, run, laugh, sweat, enjoy, participate, try, experience something new.
- Play, let go, interpret, trust, bond, be in the moment.
- Move, flow, dance, unite, internalize, externalize some power.
- Question, doubt, reject, interact with others, embrace new motion.
- Experiment, try new things, enjoy the energy.
- It’s okay to find our own dance interpretation and move to our own rhythms.
- Music is a powerful motivator of both quiet and intense movement.
- Move, just move.
My personal take away is to remind myself of the value of different forms of motion. For me dancing has always been joyful. Why haven’t I been challenging how I workout and play? It’s so good to break free from traditional exercise methods every now and again. The energy is different. There is power in movement when we allow ourselves the freedom to play with it. These classes are an excellent avenue for team building, small groups, groups of friends, and even family groups! Google what’s available in your corner of the fitness world ( Try: powerstrike.com, poundfit.com, surfsetfitness.com, gofigurestudios.com). Find out where you can shake up your fitness routine. There are so many new fitness techniques breaking the norm. Try a new class. Find a wave. Move.
This workshop was provided by the Fitness Pros at Club Zum in downtown Seattle. ~Sherry Derossett CNC.CPT