Sunday, July 4, 2010

Ditch the Workout and Join the Party!

Hola Bloggies:

So a while ago you may remember I posted about a dilemma I had – whether to attend my first ever Zumba class or go on my re-scheduled doggy hike. Well I was kind of a superstar and did both. By the end of the night, I was one tired but really happy cookie. And in the midst of it all I developed what may become a long term workout related obsession!

If you’re anything like me (two weeks ago), you may be a bit confused about the whole concept behind this latest fitness craze. Zumba is the brain child of a Colombian by the name of “Beto” Perez. One day he decided to combine his aerobics class with the fun rhythms and movements of Latin dances. The class became a hit and thus Zumba was born. The instructional videos had their North American release in 2002 – that’s when it spread like wild fire; now it seems like everyone you talk to (or every blog you read) mentions Zumba!


Zumba Logo


As I pulled up to my first Zumba class I was admittedly nervous. Would it all be cheesy beyond words? Would I be able to keep up? Heaven forbid – would it be like the time I tried step aerobics (never got beyond grapevine and never went back)? Would I have any rhythm at all? Turns out I had nothing to be afraid of – I loved Zumba!

When I walked in I instantly noticed that the class seemed to be made up of people of all shapes, ages, and sizes. Definitely a very inclusive aerobics class. Another thing that impressed me was the fact that everyone kept on telling me how much fun I was going to have. Surely their enthusiasm was well founded!

No sooner had we started the classes when I realized what an absolute blast I was having!!! Zumba didn’t feel like exercise, it felt like dancing around your living room. Except that I was sweating buckets and I knew I was in the zone. The hour went by way too quickly. At the end of the class I knew three things for certain: I would be back, I had gotten a great workout, and I totally had rhythm.

Thank-you Latin blood. Ha!

Since then I’ve gone back to four more classes and I’ve bought a membership of sorts. Although the classes are not cheap ($8/class if you buy a 10 class pack or $10/class if you go on a drop-in basis) they’re well worth the fee. I don’t think I’ve ever had as much fun in an exercise class in my life! Plus honestly I feel like I’m exploring my Latin roots while getting a serious workout in – score!

So now that you’ve heard me wax poetic about Zumba you’re probably wondering what it looks like. Well, it goes something like this:

Admittedly that girl has energy to spare but that’s more or less what a Zumba workout looks like – just add a bunch of people following (or attempting to follow) the instructor. Now you understand why I keep going back for more! smile_regular


Have you tried Zumba before? Did you love it? Are you curious?


Marianne (frenchfriestoflaxseeds) said...

I'm just shocked you have Zumba up in your neck o' the woods. We've only had it at our gym since the new year. We pay $129 for 20 classes, which is pretty decent. Good thing too, because that's over and above our membership fee to the gym.

I kinda want some Zumba clothes. LOL.

Kelsey said...

haha she totally has energy!

Zumba, boy i really need to get in on this craze <3

Jessica said...

I loveeeeeeee Zumba (as you know!!) My zumba instructor is down and out for awhile though, so no more for me until Sept... booo (except videos!)

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Kelly said...

Haha I have no latin blood and therefore no rhythm what so ever. I also have no ability to remember routines. I have no idea what my problem is. I have tried Zumba and I thought it was fun but not my thing due to the previously mentioned traits of me haha.
Glad you had fun though!

Southbaygirl said...

hmmm I dont think my hips will move like hers!! I have heard about it and know people who love it but I have never tried it....might be because I feel like I have 2 left feet-even though I have wanted to take a salsa dance class.....