About two months ago I was told that my Zumba® class was on the verge of being cancelled due to dwindling numbers (insert sad sigh, tiny tear and feelings of failure). What was I doing wrong? Did my students not like me? Had I offended someone? I took it personally…who wouldn’t?...more
The most random things occur to me when I'm at Zumba, when I'm glistening from sweat, my breathing is laboured and my muscles are warm. This is what is going on in my head, my brain on Zumba. During Zumba: My Spanish is largely unintelligible and inaccurate. I’m pretty sure what I’m trying to sing is inappropriate and potentially profane. Zumba makes native English speakers do bad things to foreign languages.I know more Pitbull lyrics than most other soccer moms....more
My friend Sheryl invited me to join her in a Zumba class. This was my very first Zumba class, so I didn't know what to expect. I'm kidding -- I knew exactly what to expect. Because I did my research, people! I read TWO whole articles online about what to expect at your first Zumba class. In one article, there was a photo of some very fit-looking women jumping like gazelles. I figured that was just for advertising effect. Surely there would be no actual JUMPING in a fitness class? I'm more of a low-impact girl myself, and by that I mean no impact.
I'm fairly certain my Zumba instructor is part mime. A dictatorial mime. She wasn't there to entertain. She wanted action -- mine. I complied. Or I tried.When my husband shirked his personal training duties in order to ride his bike on Sunday, I decided to try a Zumba class. I arrived five minutes early and found small groups of people talking, music blaring, and no teacher apparent....more
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