Serious Fun {with a Hefty Dose of Pain}

Last night I ventured into new territory and attended a Zumba class held at Fitworks.  Denise has been telling me for months to get into those classes.  I have to admit I always find myself stopping to observe everyone in the classroom dancing, laughing, and having a great time.  I absolutely love to dance (who doesn’t, though?), so I thought it would be a natural love affair.

Denise and I discussed Zumba again since my knee malfunction came to pass.  I expressed concern that I would not be able to do all the moves (jumping/bouncing and the like).  Of course she said, “Then modify those moves, chica!”  After much deliberation, I decided she was right (yes, of course she was right) and I ventured in.

Here is the “problem” with me…I do not do “half-assed” things.  If I am going to do something, I am going to *DO* it.  So, when the moves turned into bouncing, squatting, lunging, and all the other stuff I am “forbidden” from doing…I was doing them anyway.  Maybe not jumping as high or lunging as deep, but there I was moved by the music and in the mindset that nothing could stop me.  I had an absolute *blast* and loved every single {painful} minute of it.

Once the class was over and I started to walk out is when the pain truly set in.  I found myself half limping to my car and wishing I had not done quite as much as I did.  As soon as I walked in my door, I grabbed ice and a comforter and headed for the couch.  I used the comforter to prop up my left knee/leg and ever so gently laid the ice down over the whole section.  The throbbing became so intense for a bit I could not even concentrate on anything.  I sat and stared at my ice pack.  Once my ability to form thoughts came back I found myself thinking forward to next Thursday.  How am I going to prevent myself from irritating my knee this much when I *want* to move.  I *want* to dance.  But, considering the amount of pain I was in all night (including so much pain it woke me up a few times in the middle of the night), I do not want repeat that fiasco again.

So, I suppose I will talk with my doctor this week about getting a knee brace of some sort.  Maybe wearing support that prevents my knee cap from pivoting/dislocating would help me move better (and/or make it hurt less)?  Who knows.  All I do know is I loved Zumba, and I want to do it again…this time without the hefty dose of pain.

Do any of you wear any kind of brace during workouts?  If so, was it prescribed to you (such as a custom-fit brace) or did you purchase it at the store?  Do find it helps you significantly reduce discomfort or does it serve more as a reminder to take it easy on that joint?

-Erica

6 responses to “Serious Fun {with a Hefty Dose of Pain}

  1. So glad you loved it! Bummer that it hurts. My mom has several kinds of braces for her knee so what I can tell you is that they help a lot but each one is different and each knee injury is different. It might take some trial and error.

    • Thanks, Karen. I suppose I need to hit a medical supply store and start shopping around. Although, I think I am going to wait until after I speak with my Dr on Wednesday (just in case he wants me to wear something specific or have something custom made for me, which is what they did for my ankle).

      -Erica

  2. You’ve hit on what I was noticing but not consciously – the people doing the zumba classes do seem to be smiling. Not many smiles in the other classes I’ve done.

    Take it easy on your knee, and definitely get input from the doc on what kind of brace to wear or to avoid.

    • The Zumba classes (at least at my gym) are *always* packed. They run twice a week (Thurs and Sun) and both are jam-packed. Last night’s class had to have about 25 people. I do not think I have ever seen any of the other classes that packed…and my gym offers *tons* of classes.

      I have raved about my gym before, but I am serious when I say my gym is awesome…and unlike any other I have ever stepped foot in. All of the people are super sweet and energetic, which is contagious (to me). For example, one of the trainers, Dorsey, popped into the Zumba class last night and started dancing. He was hooping and hollering, clapping his hands, and getting everyone else all jazzed. It was a lot of fun – as is any time spent with Dorsey at the gym – LOL. You can always find him bouncing (literally) around the gym, dancing, and clapping with a huge smile on his face. It’s amazing.

      -Erica

      • That’s like the gym I went to in law school – many long years ago – it makes such a huge difference. Management really can set a tone that infects everyone – for better or for worse. I’m so glad your gym is such a happy, fun, supportive place!

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