It’s Workout Wednesday again! I haven’t played in a while.
I still remember my first time. I put on the boots and it took me a couple failures to figure out how to stand up. I took a few hesitant steps, which turned into hops, which turned into full-on jumping.
Kangoo Jumps is a low-impact, easy -on-the-joints and ridiculously fun workout. Kangoo refers to the bouncy boots you wear to class. Once you have them on, you can run, jump, dance and if you’re feeling really strong, do lunges and squats.
This Saturday I went to a new Kangoo Jumps class at one of my gym’s Lower Manhattan locations. Since it was a cold Saturday morning, only three of us showed up for the class and we rocked it out. We threw some hip action in. We all had big smiles on our faces.
At the end of the class, one of the ladies admitted she couldn’t keep up with the choreography. The other participant and I agreed.
The teacher, however, was reassuring. You guys were great, she said. Even if you didn’t know what you were doing, you did something and you did it with a little attitude and a big smile. She went on to say that pleased her more than if we had taken it too seriously and tried to get it all without missing a beat.
I really appreciated her reassuring words. I’m not too bothered by not knowing the next move or missing some steps. Sometimes when Navani and I go to Pound with the Brooklyn girls (who have more rhythm than us Manhattan girls), I joke that I need to stand in the back, behind a column, but I don’t honestly feel that way. Since it’s January, National Return to the Gym Month, I remind you that everyone has to have a first, second and third time. Everyone is going to miss steps – even if they’ve been coming months. Everyone is going to get off beat. Everyone is going to have a bad day. It’s not a big deal. The only time it’s a big deal is if you make it one or if you quit.
One sign of a good group fitness teacher, in my opinion, is at the beginning of class they give you permission to modify when needed. If you can’t jump, step. If you can’t do squats, march. If you can’t do a full push-up, do it on your knees. If you can’t do it at tempo, do it slower. Just do something. Don’t stop. I’ve been going to a class for a couple months now where we do 100 push-ups in the hour. I’ve yet to do a real push-up, but I’m doing something and getting closer.
Kangoo boots also make awesome weights on your feet. Imagine doing legs-in-the-air crunches while wearing roller skates. Yeah, that’s the effect. This workout might be fun, but it’ll also make you sweat.