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Brandy Tries... Cardio Blast!

 

Day 1sweat
I’m writing this from beyond the grave. I’m kidding of course. Dead people don’t sweat. But, it’s entirely possible that what I’m feeling in my inner thighs is the early onset of rigor mortis. So, the jury is still out on this whole alive vs. dead thing. I’ll let you know tomorrow.
In all seriousness, this first class was intense, but also a lot of fun. I’ve taken a few Saturday sessions of Cardio Blast before, but they didn’t prepare me for this Monday class. I have two words for you. Step. Aerobics. Did you know that a six inch plastic platform could kick your butt? Sure, it looks innocuous enough. It’s actually kind of cute with its purple body and gray base and reassuring black non-slip surface. Its corners are rounded and it has little rubber feet to keep it from slipping. Everything about it says it’s safe. It wants to protect you. It would never hurt you. It’s your friend.
Do you have one of those friends who is well liked by your family, has a steady job, good credit, and is generally just a stand up guy? But, then when Friday night comes around, this pillar of the community talks you into drinking way too much, singing karaoke, and dancing too hard and you wake up feeling like you slept in a pothole on the New Jersey Turnpike. That friend is that cute little plastic platform. I’m mad at it. I don’t trust it. But, I know that when I go to class on Wednesday night, I’m going to look at it and say, “Aww, it’s okay, little buddy. Let’s do this!”
Our instructor, Lu.
Let’s talk about the instructor for a minute. Luann Schroder teaches Cardio Blast here at the YMCA. As a matter of fact, she’s been teaching aerobics at the YMCA for 35 years! In her spare time (ha!), she also teaches 3rd grade at Columbia Elementary full time. Everything about Lu is geared toward motivating unruly people between the ages of 8 and 108. She’s energy incarnate. I’m not kidding when I say this: She posted a sticker chart for the month of February. A sticker chart, people! We got stars for every day that we came to class. We entered our names into a drawing for goodies to be given out on Leap Day. She smiled at each of us when we lugged our bodies through the door every day. If you have a favorite teacher from elementary school, one who made you feel real excitement about what you were learning, one who served as your cheerleader and who had faith in you even when you didn’t, you have some idea of what kind of instructor Lu is.
Now, even your favorite teachers made you do work, right? Lu gave us a 29 day challenge that involved doing an increasing number of squats, leg lifts, and pushups every day for the month of February. On days when we had class, we’d do our reps here at the Y. On days we didn’t have class, we did the reps on our own. Yep. Homework. The month started with a day of 50 squats, five pushups, and 25 leg lifts. The month ended with a day of 250 squats, 40 pushups, and 100 leg lifts. If you don’t think you could possibly do that, I can assure you that you are mistaken. I did it. I did reps before bed on some nights. I did a few reps before leaving for work. And if you had access to the YMCA’s security footage, you’d even see me squeezing out 80 squats behind the front desk during a lull. But, you don’t have access to that footage, and I’m forever grateful for that! And if you can’t do squats (or step aerobics, or jumping, or any particular kind of movement), that’s not a problem. Every single movement/activity in the class can be modified. For example, I don’t jump. I just hurts too much right now. So, I didn’t jump. Simple. I moved in other ways while others jumped. And I wasn’t alone. There are plenty of modifiers in the class. That’s totally ok.
I missed about a week of class because I caught the plague a cold. And coming back after that down time was a little rough. But, there was Lu, fighting the same crud and she just kept on keeping on. The step aerobics got easier as I built up more stamina. I won’t say that I’ve become friends with that cute little platform, but I don’t actually hate it anymore.
Final Thoughts
I survived! Given the buckets of sweat that poured off of me during every class, I’m surprised that I’m not a large piece of Brandy-shaped jerky. I haven’t weighed myself because I’m trying not to make it all about numbers. But, I can tell you that I feel fantastic and my clothes fall a little differently than they did before I started the class. Bottom line, if you’re looking for a fun class with a fun instructor and really great classmates, this is the one for you. It’s adaptable, has great music, and WILL make you sweat it out!

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The CASS COUNTY FAMILY YMCA is committed to providing programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. We make every effort to ensure that no one is turned away due to inability to pay. Financial assistance is available please contact us for more information.
Hours of Operation
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
5:00 am. - 1:00 am.
4:30 am. - 9:00 pm.
4:30 am. - 1:00 am.
4:30 am. - 9:00 pm.
4:30 am. - 9:00 pm.
6:00 am. - 5:00 pm.*
12:00 pm. - 4:00 pm.
*Saturday hours between Memorial Day and Labor Day are 6am to 4pm.
Child Care (6 months to 7 years only)
(Spaces limited, must call ahead)
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
9:00a-12:00p & 4:00p-7:00p
4:00p-7:00p
9:00a-12:00p & 4:00p-7:00p
4:00p-7:00p
9:00a-12:00p
9:00a-11:00a
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Branch Information:
905 E. Broadway, Logansport, IN 46947
Phone: (574) 753-5141
Fax: (574) 735-2905
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