“Give me a….” Cheerobics, Week 1

I’ve been going to my gym now (YMCA in Wimbledon) since October and until that week I hadn’t tried any classes.  None.  Zilcho.  Not yoga, not pilates, nothing.  Until last Tuesday.  Last Tuesday was week one of a new class at my gym:  Cheerobics.Yep, it’s exactly what it sounds like.  It’s aerobics with pom poms.  Actually, not quite.  The moves are legitimate cheerleading/dance moves but very high impact, keeping your heart rate high throughout.  It’s no wonder they advertise the ability to burn up to 700 calories per session!

Founder Jessica Zoo led the class for its inaugural session and she was probably one of the most bubbly and adorable people I’ve ever met.  Her enthusiasm level never wavered, despite the horrible heat in the unairconditioned sports hall.  I personally felt like I was wilting after about 10 minutes of the class!

So what did I think of Cheerobics?

Well, when I signed up for the class I thought “this is a blast from the past!”  I was a cheerleader back in my pre and early teen days and I loved it.. and I was halfway good at it!  Coupled with the two years of modern dance at uni I went into the class feeling like this was going to be a piece of cake.

Boy was I wrong!

I don’t think I’ve ever felt more uncoordinated or rhythm-less before in my life.  Sure I’ve been out of practice a while but when you can’t seem to distinguish your left from your right you know you’re in trouble!  I definitely wasn’t the only one floundering along but it seemed as if the majority of the class got it straight away and were doing all sorts of complicated hops and kicks and things embellished with pom pom swishes whilst I was at least two beats behind.

It was a bit embarrassing, actually.

But you know what?  I had a lot of fun!  Other than looking like a massive (and very sweaty!) boob the class was brilliant.  The music was great and very high energy and their own special mix of popular songs (you can see the playlist here).  Most of the moves were fairly simple (yeah, okay!) and when strung together formed a mini-routine.  My favourite was the “washing machine” which, after two sets, made me pretty dizzy! The ab workouts at the end were probably my favourite part and pom poms were still incorporated in the moves!

I’m really looking forward to next Tuesday’s class and I’m hoping that, now that I know what to expect, I’ll look and feel a bit more graceful!  I’ll keep you updated throughout with a mid-point review and an end review.  The class is 6 weeks long and costs £12.  I believe there are still more spaces available–for more info check out the YMCA website.


If you’re interested in getting in touch, tweet me at @stephanie_khani or @londondiaries1.  Alternatively you can email me at emailthelondondiaries [at] gmail.com.


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