TODAY   |  March 08, 2014

30 Days to a Better You: Jenna tries a hip hop class

Mixing up a workout is one of the best ways to stay in shape. As TODAY anchor (and certified personal trainer) Jenna Wolfe says, “If you’re getting bored, your muscles probably are as well.” She tried a hip hop class as part of her 30 Days to a Better You series.

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>>> a saturday morning with our series " 30 days to a better you." we are eight days into this challenge, and we want to say a huge thank you to the more than 125,000 people who have already signed up on today.com. i love each and every one of you. thank you for taking part in this challenge. it's all about shaking things up, shaking up your fitness routine today. that is honestly one of the most important parts of any routine, mixing things up, making your body work harder for you. and for me, that means trying something i've wanted to do for a long time now but have not had the guts to do it. ready for it? hip-hop dancing. my experience was humbling, and that is an understatement, but beyond that, i worked my tail off doing something new. this is pretty routine, dylan, isn't it?

>> i'm bored to tears, jenna.

>> reporter: as with almost anything, routine breeds routine, especially at the gym. if you're getting bored, your muscles probably are as well. your body will do exactly what it needs to do to give you what you want. so, what do you do? well, one, you could change the order. if you always do cardio before strength training, swap the two. not excited enough? how about signing up for a new class? do something your muscles aren't used to. they will have to work harder. they won't have to think harder. and you'll eventually end up burning more calories in the process. all i know of hip-hop is like -- and that little nugget of wisdom brings us here. to broadway dance center in new york city , for my first ever -- wait for it -- hip-hop class. here's why i want to do this. when you guys dance, there's something about the way that you effortlessly move and get your body to do things.

>> it's a social dance , right? so, it's not about just replicating someone else's moves perfectly, it's about expressing yourself and having an original style.

>> reporter: original, yes. style, not so much. i mean, look at my competition! they're intimidating! but i had always wanted to try this, and i knew i'd get a workout out of it, so i figured win-win, right? is this anything? i feel like that's something. oh, boy. this is very extensive stretching. and that was just the warm-up. finally, something i can do. mind you, i was already in a sweat. it's not because i wasn't in good shape, it was because i wasn't in this shape. it's called muscle confusion. keep your muscles guessing so they're exposed to new things and will be forced to work harder. it's always a good idea to change up the routine every three to four weeks. all right, this is good. i can do this. as for the hip-hop, it might have been a little too much change. my body just doesn't move like all these other people. i think i need private lessons. so, in the end, i may not have mastered the art of freestyle dance , it was a good -- well, it was a fair -- all right, it was a terrible start, but i tried something new, and while my muscles reaped the benefits, my hip-hop career did not.