Several weeks ago, I was invited by a friend to try out a Mixxed Fit® class that her daughter was leading. The interesting thing is that the workout studio, B.Fit B.Fab, was in the mall. All I knew about MixxedFit® at the time was that it involves dancing. I have never been to a Zumba class or anything, so I wasn’t sure what really to expect, and crossed my fingers that I would be able to keep up.
I walked into the studio on Sunday afternoon, relieved to see that the windows were blocked so that mall-walkers wouldn’t be peering in at us, wondering what type of dance club was happening inside — which is really what it felt like. The lights were dim, there was colorful lighting, and club music. My Sunday had just gotten much more exciting.
My friend’s daughter was on a small stage in the front of the room. She is a beautiful, blond-haired member of her high school drill team, and all other participants in the class were also members of the drill team. I took a spot in the back so I wouldn’t draw attention to myself. The music began, and basically I was left to mimic the movements she was doing the best I could.
What is MixxedFit®?
It’s described on their website as “people-inspired dance fitness program that is a mix of explosive dancing and bootcamp toning.” The moves are all exaggerated and big, and as if you were REALLY confident at the club (I say this because my club dancing is usually in a semi-squat position, bouncing up and down with an occasional booty shake). The moves include squats, arm toning exercises, lunges, and leg lifts. A traditional class is 60 minutes long, and as the songs change you typically move right into the next routine. Luckily the moves are repetitive and relatively easy, so they are pretty easy to figure out on the fly. Plus, they don’t feel silly, and are fun to get into. I feel like I have a few more moves up my sleeve if I ever find myself back out on the town. 🙂
This type of class was developed in 2001 in Seattle by Lori Chung. She started promoting MixxedFit® publicly starting in 2003, and it has since expanded to 100 cities, licensed 400 instructors, and thousands of MixxedFit® enthusiasts across the U.S. For you local readers, Chung’s studio is called Dojo 3, and is located in Renton, WA.
What to Expect
Expect to walk in and feel like it’s Saturday night, but dressed in workout clothes (wouldn’t that be awesome if that was acceptable everywhere?). Yoga pants and T-shirts was what looked like to be the norm — tennis shoes on. The room I was in was kept pretty cool, because it’s a fact that you will work up a sweat. Keep a water bottle nearby.
The music will probably already be pumping, and people will be finding their place facing the instructor. The instructor will get up on stage and start, which is your queue to get going. You’ll begin and end with some stretching movements to warm up and warm down. After your warm up, you’ll need to make sure you’ve really let loose. Be ready for a lot of shouting and cheering throughout the songs, and there will be some body rolling for which you will need some attitude.
Basically, from start to finish, you are moving. There are some songs that are dedicated just to arm movements, and those will really burn (at least they did for me). The rest felt pretty doable, and I didn’t think it was pushing me that hard. HOWEVER, that should not fool you. Later that evening and the next day my entire body was SO SORE! It took me by surprise, because I didn’t feel like it was that difficult. But I guess that’s the beauty of it — it doesn’t feel like a work out, but more like just having fun!
Here is an example of a MixxedFit class at Dojo 3 with Lori Chung:
If you are in the Olympia area, check out a class at B.Fit B.Fab! They’ve got classes happening all the time! Plus, you don’t really have an excuse if you are already there shopping.