Teaching water fitness in the middle of the afternoon in Florida is like stepping into a sauna and then jumping around for 55 minutes.
Since I teach water fitness from the pool deck so class participants can see my movements, I’m baking in the sun the entire time which means I sweat like crazy. Sweat was burning my eyes today!
The best part of the whole sweaty experience is that I have a blast and don’t even realize how hot I am or how much I am sweating until sweat stings my eyes. I think I’m still so wrapped up in teaching and making sure the class is moving along at a decent pace that I don’t have time to think about how hot I am. (I do make sure to drink lots of water throughout the class, though!)
During Tuesday’s class, my phone actually overheated twice and stopped playing my oldies but goodies playlist. I had it tucked away, but since the sun moves throughout the class, my phone ended up in the sun and overheated like a champ. Today I placed my phone inside the door so it was chillin’ in the air conditioning and we didn’t have any music problems. Woo!
The class went by very fast and I even had one woman come up to me afterwards to tell me that this was the first water fitness class she has taken that actually got her heart rate up which made me happy! I make sure to offer modifications for some of the more challenging exercises, but I really want people to leave my class feeling like their workout was worthwhile. As a group exercise lover for many years, I always feel like it’s easier to take the intensity down a notch, but it’s difficult to motivate yourself to make the class harder. Offering lots of modifications is key!
It hit the spot and did a great job of fueling me through the class without weighing me down.
Now I’m blogging from the gym (hooray for free wifi!) and am waiting for another personal training client to arrive at 4 p.m. Tonight will be spent doing laundry and packing for this weekend’s wedding festivities!
Question of the Afternoon
- What group exercise class makes you sweat the most?
Spinning makes me sweat like crazy!