Julie Lawson Timmer grew up in Stratford, Ontario, Canada. She lives in Ann Arbor, MI, with her husband, their four teenage children, and two rescued dogs. By turns, she is a writer, lawyer, mom/stepmom, and dreadful cook. Her first novel, Five Days Left, is out in paperback. Her second book, Untethered, was released earlier this month. She shared this personal story exclusively with FirstforWomen.com.
What it is: ViPR classes (vitality, performance, and reconditioning) involve performing fluid movements while holding a weighted cylinder about 3-feet long.
Required energy level: High
Pros: It’s a whole-body workout that will leave you feeling stronger, fitter, and soaking wet, especially when the class incorporates periods of high intensity interval training. You’ll improve coordination and balance, which is a must for those of us headed into our AARP years.
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Cons: Because there’s some jumping, hopping, and extreme lunging in ViPR, my knees and hips were left a wreck. Someone with a better skeleton won’t have the same issues.
Keep or dump: Dump, but if I had better joints, this would be a keeper, and a favorite.
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