By: Emily Windram
Special to the Chronicle
There are endless excuses we tell ourselves to get out of exercising, but one of the biggest excuses is the tedium of it all. If you’re sick of doing the same things over and over, or just want a fun, unique introduction into the world of fitness, then the Fitness Center’s new Koga classes are perfect for you.
Koga is a fitness “fusion” workout that combines elements of both kickboxing and yoga. It has gotten popular within the last few years among people who want a challenge that will keep their interest from start to finish. The moves can be tough, but from week to week participants will gain greater strength, flexibility and balance.
“It’s not a cookie-cutter workout,” explains class instructor Dana Fischer, who has been practicing Koga for four years. “It really empowers you. Even if it’s something you think you can't do, with time, patience and respect for your body, you actually can do it. That confidence building is what I love about Koga.”
A typical class begins with a stretching warm up set to the signature song, “Superstar,” which has self-affirming lyrics that set a positive tone for the class. Then students dive into the real workout: they complete a cardio portion filled with various yoga, Koga and kickboxing moves set to music. After a short break, they jump back “in the ring” for some cardio kickboxing. Many of the moves are intended to blast fat and kick the session into high gear, but don’t worry—the workout is balanced out with a 10–12 minute yoga cooldown, which allows the students to stretch and tone their bodies.
Dana’s personal favorite Koga move is the “plank and pound,” and to find out just what that is, you’ll have to experience it yourself!
The classes are held at the Fitness Center every Tuesday from 7:30–8:30 pm. All levels are welcome to attend. Take the chance to have fun while getting fit!