Thursday, January 21, 2010
There. I said it. I hate Zumba.
I went to my frist Zumba class tonight, full of excitement and anticipation of this dance class craze that I have heard awesome things about from nearly everyone I know.
I get to the gym 45 minutes early and wait in line by the cardio room, and as people keep filing in and the line starts to spill out the front door, I think to myself, "Wow... This must be an amazing class if people are willing to wait in line at a GYM!"
Finally, the previous class lets out and the Zumba line starts to move as we all make our way into the classroom. I found a spot in the back of the room after being plowed over by some crazy lady who wanted "her" spot in the room. Okay lady. Whatever. The room was so packed that I felt like a sardine in a small can... The instructor must have come in, because though I could not see her through the other sardines, I heard her loud and very UNclear as her voice boomed through mic, trying to shout over the loud and upbeat dance music.
Did I mention the room was very packed? Every single time another sardine did a dance move that propelled their body in my general direction, I could feel the sweat droplets fly over and onto my face. And I knew they were not my own sweat droplets, because after the first 20+ minutes, I was not even glistening, much less sweating and my heart rate had not even broken 90 bpm yet.
All of that aside, I can honestly say that the reason I disliked Zumba so much is simply because it is not my style. I enjoy bootie shaking and energetic music as much as the person next to me in the club... I can bust a hot move as I am washing the dishes and blasting my music in my kitchen. But I am not all about dancing in formation in a crowded and brightly lit cardio room next to 5 dozen strangers. Just not my thing. While I loved the lyrical/jazz classes I took a few years ago, where the instructor taught us a beautiful dance routine and then we put it all together into one beautiful dance... I did not love the random, aerobics-like dance moves that did not come together in any meaningful way.
That is just my experience and my opinion... And I am sure a lot of you might argue that with a different instructor and a less crowded class I would change my mind... Well, I don't think so. I think I would hate it less and it would be more tolerable, but I can tell that it is just not my thing. More power to those of you who love it so much! I think it is fantastic that so many people have found something that is such a terrific fit for them!
I ended up leaving half way through and jumping on a treadmill for one of the best runs I have had yet! I have been running outside on the pavement, I was surprised to see that today's run was so much easier... I was actually able to run at 5.0mph, which is still slow for most people, but something I was never able to do before. Yay for outside running and hills, because I think it has helped increase my edurance and speed!