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Tailgate Envy

15 Nov

 

{ Julius Peppers Jersey / Dunk High shoes / Tailgater Fleece }

Last night I seized an epic opportunity to attend an exclusive Nike Women’s event, working out on Soldier Field with hundreds of other women. The evening also featured bites & sips accompanied by a fashion show highlighting Nike’s newest looks, many of which centered around Chicago’s finest sports enterprise.

I’ll share more deets about the event itself tomorrow, but thought I’d share a teaser today by showing off my favorite Nike tailgate picks. Gotta represent Julius Peppers, my favorite bear (I mean… how can you not?) Plus I cannot tell you how badly I want those kicks on my feet right this second!!!

More tomorrow. In the meantime: what’s your favorite sports team? Do you enjoy putting gameday outfits together as much as I do? Dressing up is as much a sport as the sport itself, y’all.

Zumba Jitters

12 Jul

If you’ve read the blog somewhat frequently, you might know that my Tuesday night Hip Hop dance class is my ritual.

You might also know that I make a frequent habit of having a bad class. I dance basic level at a studio, but apparently in the dance world “basic” doesn’t mean easy; it just means “slightly slower-paced than Beginner. G’luck.”

I like the challenge, but sometimes it feels stressful. And I already have work and moving and all that good junk to do the stress thing for me.

So for this week I traded my typical Tuesday popping locking & dropping for something a little more… approachable?

Fact is, I’ve been mulling over the Zumba thing for a while. Tuesday night, I took the plunge!

Pros

Calorie burnfest. I certainly didn’t wear a heart monitor or anything, but I’ve read multiple reports of Zumba-goers burning 400-800 calories per session. And me & my drenched-in-sweat-self believed it. All while dancing around to some Shakira? Sign me up!

Many dance-y funktown moves. I have been known to bust a mean chest pop or hip shake in my day. These parts of the choreography I embraced with sassy zeal.

All ages & experience levels welcome. Ages ranged from 25-65 in my class last night. Very different than the exclusively 20-something demographic I’m used to in Basic Hip Hop.

Nice mix between easy to follow & challenging combinations. There’s a brief pause after each song combo, so you can quickly catch your breath and grab some agua. Just when you get comfortable, it gets fast and exhilarating again.

The accessories!! Because Zumba is kind of a giant Latin party lovefest, there are hoards of fun apparel choices to rock out with while you shake it.

Cons:

Cheese city, at times. You’re really going to have to get over yourself if you want to get anything out of this except besides a wounded pride. Yes, much of the party is a hip shaking good time, but other parts are very much jump-and-clap; kind of a modern day Jazzercise if you will. Who cares if you feel like you belong in a bad American Idol audition at certain points when you’re not feeling the choreography? It only feels worse with self-consciousness.

Varies depending upon instructor. Seems like there is a lot of creative freedom in the choreography department, so I’m sensing it might take a bit of searching around and class sampling to determine which instructor best fits my personal taste.

I really can’t think of any other drawbacks. Once I was 15 minutes in I had a sweaty helluva time, and I think I’ll try some more classes with different instructors to find out whether this is something I’d like to add into my regular rotation! While I really missed the challenge of a full Hip Hop routine, the light-heartedness of a dancey good workout was just what I needed.

Have you ever tried Zumba? Yay or Nay to the dance cardio? Anyone try any new classes or routines outside their comfort zones recently?