Punk Rock Aerobics
Skank it off. That's what the charming instructors of Punk
Rock Aerobics told the class after they lunged, jumped and
punched around the room to "God Save the Queen."
I could see punk-stockinged Hilken and Maura skanking it
off, but I couldn't seem to copy them. The sit-ups I'd done
during the hour long session (given for 7 dollars every
Sunday at 2PM at Luxx) had already wiped me out. If you
do like skanking and don't like fatuous lyrcra-d jazzercize
instructors, then punk rock aerobics is perfect for you.
What's that you say? You like the odd punk song, but you
don't have a mohawk and you're certainly not a punk? Well
do you like My Bloody Valentine? How about Dinosaur Jr.
or that Autobahn song? Well they're all in the DJ mix played
during the workout. Hilken and Maura walk everybody through
the moves needed for each song.
But maybe you're thinking I'm a big stud hoss who likes
to pump iron and isn't about to do aerobics. Well, if
that's going well for you then stick to it, but even Arnold
will tell you that the odd bit of aerobics is good for you
and the PRA work-out even includes a bit of weight lifting.
Since real punks would smash state if they saw a nautilus
machine, the girls hand out bricks for lifting. At first
I scoffed at the bricks thinking that a stud like me needed
a cinder block. Five minutes later my arms had gone all
trembly. An hour later, I couldn't properly rinse the shampoo
from my hair.
The instructors were really terribly nice and helpful.
Everyone in the class loved them. Apparently, I wasn't standing
correctly when I was holding my brick out and they came
by to correct my form.
I think I counted 8 women and two men including me taking
the class. Everyone behaved unpunkish and was considerate.
No one seemed to take themselves too seriously. One woman
even showed up in jeans, and I was the only one who brought
Gatorade. Fierce Melon is very punk. PRA does provide water
and little cups and at the end they handed out candy.
Oh yes, one other thing which kind of stressed me out was
when one of the instructors asked the class if they wanted
to work on their inner thighs. I wanted to be a sport, so
I sheepishly raised my hand. I don't think I've ever exercised
my inner thigh before and I'm ashamed to say that my inner
thighs might be a bit under developed.