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So much fun!
on October 14, 2004
I had so much fun doing this workout that I forgot I was working out! Sweating in the Spirit includes 3 workouts - 30 min Gospel Aerobics, 10 min Strengthing the Spirit, and 10 min Spirit Stretch - which you can do separately or together. The class is made up of exercisers of all different shapes and sizes. You work out to gospel music, including live performances by Kirk Franklin, Shirley Murdock, and Yolanda Adams. The class is very vocal and enthusiastic, but NOT so much that it gets annoying.
As an instructor, Donna Richardson is very encouraging. She reminds you how important it is to "take care of your temple." She tells you to just have fun and not worry how you look. She makes you feel like you're just dancing with friends, not working out.
The aerobics section is dance-based but the moves aren't too complicated - I didn't get them all at first but I eventually picked them up. The strength section is pilates-based and does not use weights, although you may want to use a mat if you don't have a carpeted floor. In the stretch section, Yolanda Adams sings live and Donna doesn't want to talk over her to cue the moves. She kind of whispers the cues but you basically just have to follow along.
Overall this workout is lots of fun! It's great for beginners and not at all intimidating. I consider myself to be an intermediate exerciser and it still got my heart pumping. For advanced exercisers this would be better for when you want a "light" day.