Zumba is pretty popular these days, and chances are that you already know someone who has tried it. Some like me are very public about it, while others keep it their own little secret. The great thing about Zumba is that anyone can do it, and everyone is welcome to try it. I’ve said it before and will say it again when it comes to rhythm I got shortchanged, but that doesn’t stop me from enjoying each class. So if you’re shy, but still want to go try a class, just do it! If you must hide, then I would suggest you pick a spot somewhere in the middle, because with Zumba the front and back of the class can easily flip around… trust me it’s happened before.
If you’re sitting there shaking your head, thinking Zumba’s not a real workout, then try it and see how you do. Zumba, like any other workout, will yield result directly proportional to the amount of effort you put into them. So if you’re there doing pretend Zumba, being a Chatty Cathy or a Rottie then don’t expect real results, but if you’re really going all out with each move, by the end of the class your instructor should not be the only one all drenched in sweat. Remember, as much fun as Zumba is, it’s not a dance class, so follow your instructor, try to challenge yourself with each move. I understand that some people have health related limitations, so if you have a bad knee and can’t jump then that’s ok, but don’t let that stop you from moving those arms and working those abs, there are muscles there too you know…If it’s your arms that give you trouble or maybe a bad shoulder, then move those legs and fire up those quads and abs too. The important thing is that you put forth the most effort given your own physical limitations, so listen to your body and Zumba on!
So next time you try a class, remember don’t be a poser, do the real thing, engage those abs, move those arms, do those squats, jumps and lunges, swirl those hips around and shake it like nobody’s watching! If you stop faking it at Zumba you’ll see the difference, and if you don’t then come back for another class and try again for real this time.
One more thing you should keep in mind when doing Zumba is that not all instructors are created equally. They each have their own style, some are more Latin others are Hip-Hoppy, and some are just full of surprises with their choice of music and choreos. So try to find one that’s right for you. The bottom line is that if you like your instructor and their musical genre of preference, then you’ll for sure be back for more! Zumba is a party, so party on Zumba lovers!
As for haters, well, what can I say?
A) You haven’t tried it, so moot point there
B) You just haven’t found the right instructor to help you get your grove on. So don’t hate, just Zumba On til you find the right one!
C) You’re probably hungry, so have a cookie but make sure it’s guilt-free! 😉