I decided to switch it up a little tonight and try out Les Mills’ new SH’BAM class.
What is SH’BAM? From the Les Mills website:
Set to a soundtrack of chart-topping popular hits, dance music that is heard in the hottest nightclubs around the world, familiar classics remixed and modernized Latin beats, SH’BAM™ is the ultimate fun and sociable way to exercise. Each 45-minute SH’BAM™ class is vibrant, unique and varied – and like all the LES MILLS™ programs, a new SH’BAM™ release is produced every three months with new music and choreography.
I thought it would be similar to BodyJam but it’s way easier, both in terms of choreography and intensity. Actually, it’s probably the easiest workout I’ve ever done. And I don’t say that as the fitness elitist I am now but as the out of shape couch potato I used to be… seriously, I could have easily done this class years ago when I could barely run to the end of my street.
Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I love that Les Mills offers classes for people of various fitness levels but I think they’ve marketed this class all wrong. If you look at the video clips on the SH’BAM site, it looks a lot more fast paced than it actually is. I don’t know what workout those ladies are doing, but it’s not the one I just came back from.
Plus, the poster claims this class burns 600 calories. Unless the instructor was really half assing all of the moves (and I don’t think that was the case – she was pretty enthusiastic, bless her), there is absolutely no way anyone could burn that many calories in this class. Especially when you consider the fact that they say BodyAttack burns around 750 calories and BodyAttack is effing hard.
In addition to the fact that I barely got my heart rate up, the whole experience was kind of cringe worthy. I can get down with a little cheesiness in my workouts but this mess was Richard Simmons cheesy.
And in case you’re wondering, my sister and I used to do Richard Simmons’ Sweating to the Oldies when we were little kids and it is a way better workout than SH’BAM.
Okay, I’ll lay off the haterade for now but if you’re looking for a fun and moderately challenging dance workout, skip this and go to BodyJam instead.
Have you tried SH’BAM? What did you think?
Have you ever participated in a fitness class that was way too easy for you?