Tell me to sign up for a fitness membership and it’d take me forever to sign up, if ever. Tell me to sign up for fitness party or festival aka the type you don’t really need to know how to move to join, I’m in. Especially when it’s very affordable, like the RM30 ticket to Shape Fitness Festival 2017.
Actually, I wouldn’t join it alone even if it’s free so it was good that friends invited to participate together. Always good to have “wardens” to make sure I don’t ffk the sweat session.
I didn’t expect the event to be very punctual because there’s a slang called Malaysian timing. Haha. For an event that ran for 6 hours, starting at 4pm, they were really on time for pretty much all the activities. *clap clap*
So how this Shape Fitness Festival worked was that there were 3 stages with different activities running concurrently so that participants have options. I like it this way because there’s no way to put me through power yoga or scrambled legs and stuff. I chose the activities I deemed the easiest, even though I was still too noob to follow thoroughly.
The first session that I joined was basic yoga. I couldn’t help but keep comparing yoga to qi gong. Fundamental wise, I find similarities: synchronized breathing and body positions with a meditative mind. Even though both are slow, both work on cardio and require flexibility. But I find yoga more challenging. It requires more discipline to perfect many poses and requires more strength to hold the poses too. Needless to say, it’d take me many many more basic classes to even figure out the most basic of yoga. While I was doing basic yoga, sh’bam and HIIT zumba took place at the other stages.
After yoga, I went for zumba and it’s my favourite because it’s my kind of exercise. It’s fun and it doesn’t seem like exercise. Sometimes it feels like you’re trying to dance or like you’re in some party. The two other sessions I opted out were scrambled legs and flexibility yoga.
The third session that I chose was body jam because it’s also a dance-like routine. Other options were power yoga and body combat — sound too challenging. It was my first body jam and surprisingly, I didn’t like it. I found it more athletic but found it too fast and repetitive for me. I didn’t like that I had to memorize the moves and repeat for 30 min while building up to a full routine! I gave up half way. My arms and shoulders were aching already so I didn’t want to stress them further also.
Lastly, there was neon dance party to close the day. This was like zumba but in neon party mode. This was fun! This happened after a short break for everyone and quite a long break for me so I was back in action! Enjoyed this more than body jam so I was moving again. But the girls were tired already and wanted to leave after completing 3 sweat sessions so we left half way through the neon dance party.
For RM30, we received a (sexy) top, a heavy and full goodie bag, and free food and drinks at the venue! Super worth it.
And now, I need to nurse my body ache — evidence that I did work out.