Hamel Recreation Center Group Fitness Review

Cardio Kickboxing with May-Win  

A few days ago, I signed up for a virtual fitness class with the Hamel Rec. Center (HRC). This was Cardio Kickboxing! I had never taken a kickboxing class before or a virtual group fitness class for that matter so needless to say; I was nervous. This class in particular is offered every Sunday from 5:45-6:45 and I registered for it on Sunday morning (about 6 hours before the start of the class). Registration for group classes opens 24 hours before the start time of the class and the entire process occurs on the HRC online portal. Even better, it takes less than a minute to register! To learn more about the basics of registering and how the general works of the virtual classes, check out this blog.  

After registering from the class, a Zoom link was sent directly to my student email account which made it super easy to find when it was time to log on. I decided to leave my camera off for the class as there was no pressure to turn it on, but I would periodically turn my mic on during breaks to interact with other people in the class. Besides the fact that I was doing this from home through a computer screen, I can definitely say that I got just as good of a workout. Actually, I think it was maybe even better that I got to do it in the comforts of my home. Because I was at home, I felt like I could push myself harder than if I were taking this class in-person.  

In terms of “content” of the class, there was the usual warm-up, workout, and cool down. May-Win (the instructor) did an amazing job keeping me engaged and going over moves in clear detail to prevent any injury. She was super upbeat and had such a positive demeanor; it didn’t even feel like an hour had gone by at the end of the class! As this was my first experience with kickboxing and the virtual group fitness classes through the HRC, I will definitely be doing this again next Sunday. I got a great workout and felt a small sense of normalcy for the first time in months. This really changed the whole mood of my day and was the perfect way to end the week.  

If you are a UNH community member and are interested in taking virtual Cardio Kickboxing with May-Win, sign up here! Be on the lookout for the next HRC virtual group fitness review; Vinyasa Yoga! 

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