TigerX Diaries: Your Guide to MizzouRec's Fitness Classes


Welcome to your complete guide to the Rec Center’s famous TigerX classes. This is your personal sneak peek into all the most popular workout classes offered at Mizzou, without ever having to leave the comfort of your bed.

Zumba
Difficulty level: **
Arguably one of the most popular Tiger X classes, Zumba never fails to fill the studios. This class is a cardio dance class featuring various popular songs that you’re guaranteed to recognize. It is a great way to get your heart rate up, break a sweat, but also have fun with your friends. Although not a very rigorous workout, it keeps you active and moving. The best part? You now have a ton of hot, new dance moves to try at parties!

Power
Difficulty level: *****
If you’re trying this class, good luck—it’s an ambitious feat. This class is notoriously known around the Rec as quite the challenge, so of course I had to try it out myself. I consider myself a pretty athletic person; I play Club Sports and stay in shape, so I wasn’t too intimidated going to this class. It only took me 15 minutes into the class to be full-blown drenched in sweat, straining my breath, feeling the soreness set in. Don’t get me wrong, it was a great, thorough workout, and I loved that satisfying soreness that proves you did a good job. This class is the fast track way to kicking your ass into shape.

Hip Hop
Difficulty level: **
This class is very similar to Zumba, so if you really love the dance classes, this is another one to add to your to-do list. I consider it a light workout, where your heart gets pumping and you break a sweat, but is not super challenging. It’s fun to try with your friends or bring a guy to try it with you for some extra humor. This class isn’t just for girls!

Tiger Tease
Difficulty level: *
This class teaches you a fun and sexy step-by-step dance throughout the course of the 50 minutes, ultimately leading to a full routine to be performed in groups in front of the class. It is supposed to be a strip tease class, or that’s how it was described to me, but it was more like a Zumba or hip-hop routine with a few more flirty moves. The fact that it is a step-by-step instructional class takes away from the hard workout, but not the fun.

Knockout
Difficulty level: ****
Knockout really surprised me. I went into this class expecting just an okay time and a decent workout. Not only was I sweating and feeling “the burn” of a good workout, but it was really fun. It is the perfect way to get any stress out, whether it be from that final you were cramming for, drama from a boyfriend or just plain tension from the week. An important mental note: bring wrap for your hands. It hurt my knuckles to punch the bag without them and really took away from the workout. (I was told you can get little punching gloves at Walmart for less than five bucks!) Definitely worth it.

Abs and Glutes
Difficulty level: ***
This class proved to be a good workout, bringing pain to muscles I didn’t even know I had. We did lots of reps of various exercises, but this is not a cardio class at all. It’s rather a sculpting class. Lots of different equipment is used to vary the workout, but overall it’s just a good, hard exercise to work and tone your muscles. If you’re in a time crunch, try Abs and Glutes Xpress, a shortened 30-minute workout class of the same routines. Warning: You will feel it in the morning!

Pump
Difficulty level: ****
Pump was, in my opinion, the most well-rounded workout. It touched on all types of exercises, starting off with a cardio warm-up, then diving into the strength and conditioning. We worked on arms, core and legs/glutes thoroughly, but what I liked most was the originality of the exercises we did. A lot of them were things I had never seen or tried before, making the class exciting and fresh. Even if you don’t have time to go every week, this class gives you great ideas of new things to spice up your workouts. 

MizzouRec also offers a variety of yoga, Pilates and cycling classes for TigerX pass holders.

Need a study break? Head to the Rec to try out some of these amazing classes. You can find the finals schedule here: MizzouRec.

By: Lindsay Keaton | Image: Source

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