Hey guys, hope you’re all well? I’ve had a pretty eventful weekend and more trips to the dentist so I have been in hiding! I shall be back tomorrow but until then the lovely Helene has kindly agreed to write a guest post for me! She is the Zumba babe of British blogging and I asked her to tell us more . . .
Zumba here, Zumba there, everyone has pretty much heard that ‘Z’ word in the past few month…but what is it???
Zumba is the latest dance craze. It is a cardio workout, mix between an aerobics class and a latin dance class. During a class (45 to 60 minutes), you’ll be shaking your booty on different types of music such as merengue, salsa, samba or reggaeton.
The word Zumba is apparently from a Spanish dialect that translates to ‘move fast and have fun’ and that’s exactly what happens during a Zumba class.
I’ve been doing it since February 2010 and I.love.it. When I joined the gym, I looked at the class timetable, looking for a dance type of class and I saw this Zumba thingy…at that time, I had never heard of it. The website described it as ‘Latin and International music are fused to create an explosive, booty shakin’ party of a workout that will target all those problem areas and leave you on a high’.
This description sounded quite good to me so I decided to try it out. Keep in mind that I’ve never danced in my life (except in Night Clubs haha) and when I was at Uni, where I ‘tried’ a few things: Jazz, Rock ‘n’ Roll and some other stuff but my coordination was just let’s say inexistent that I wasn’t enjoying the classes so I gave up. My state of mind when starting Zumba was just ‘well, I’ll give it a try. Anyway, I don’t know anyone there so what can happen?’
So I went to the class. Everyone was kind of looking at each other and asking ‘have you ever done it before? No, me neither’
Hearing that I wasn’t the only ‘Zumba virgin’ made me feel good. Then, the instructor (Abbey) introduced herself and quickly explained what Zumba was. She also said that we don’t need to have danced before; the important thing in Zumba is just to Have Fun!
She then turn the music on and said she was hardly going to speak during the class. We just had to follow her and hop, here we went!
The class consisted of about 10 different tracks. Each track had a different routine that we repeated about 4 times. I was quite pleased with myself when the third time, I was starting to memorize the steps but not so pleased to hear it was then the end of the song.
After the class, I don’t know if it was the music, the atmosphere or the fact that I could tell people ‘yeah, I’m a dancer’ but I was all happy and the thing I was sure about is that I was gonna do it again!
So we’re now in September (I know, already). I’ve been doing it for 8 months and I’m still really enjoying it. I’ve had a total of 3 instructors and it’s interesting seeing how the routines and the music can change from one another. It’s also funny when you have a new instructor that puts on a music you’ve already worked on and then you say to yourself ‘oh, I remember this one’.
Doesn’t matter if you’re young, old, skinny or have some wobbly bits, if your gym offers Zumba classes, I think you should all have a go as it’s just all about fun! No one is gonna look at you; everyone will be looking at the instructor, trying to figure out what the steps are.
Really, it’s just FUN! You’re not even gonna notice that you actually exercise!
To get more info on Zumba, just go on the official website: http://www.zumba.com
And find your nearest class http://search.zumba.com/classes/
Thank you Helene! I am now really desperate to get myself to a class!
Have you tried Zumba? Would you like to?