It doesn’t matter if it’s a dance or exercise class, I’m always the flailer at the back who’s constantly two steps behind. The thought of zumba or any of those other intense exercise classes? Horrific.
So when I heard about The Jungle Body, a hybrid workout class that combines boxing, dance, squats, cardio and even Bollywood moves, I was intrigued. And when founder Tara Simich described it to me as “Zumba for uncoordinated people” I was obviously sold.
Watch: I give The Jungle Body a go. (Post continues after video.)
Normally when trying a new exercise class I’d drag a friend along but this time I was going it alone. Yes, I was nervous. I needn’t have worried – the class was a mix of people of all abilities and ages and I wasn’t the only first timer.
Our excellent instructor Nicky talked us through what we should expect from our Konga class, one of the five workouts that make up The Jungle Body.
Then we clapped ourselves in, the lights went down, the music turned ON and the exercise studio instantly transformed into a dance floor, complete with twinkling disco ball.
For the first time in my life I was in the front row, and rather than be thoroughly embarrassed and out of time, I was surprised by how quickly I fell into step. (Post continues after gallery.)