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I hate Zumba.


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!
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HAFT2BFIT 8/15/2011 11:10PM

  As a fitness instructor (I teach Punk Rope) and personal trainer I can certainly empathize with your Zumba experience. As many others have said, the key is finding the activities that you love and an instructor who you like and who motivates you. It's not rocket science. I'm glad you had a great run after you left the class although I would add that even when you're not enjoying a class it's often good to stay until the end because something might happen that will change your opinion. Good luck with your fitness journey and if you should ever want to include rope jumping in that journey I promise I'll be a great resource for you.

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PALMTREE1 4/2/2011 10:21AM

    I've been invited to Zumba classes by very exuberant Zumbalites. I know they love it. I can SEE that they have benefited from it, and I am proud for them. It is not for me. Give me long walks...alone. The feel of a weight in my hand and the burn of a muscle being used with deliberate motions. The sound of my own, controlled breathing that tells me I am strong. The music I listen to may not be high energy nor sensual, but it makes me feel beautiful and graceful....in possession of myself. My Zumba friends, I salute your enthusiasm and gusto, but it is not for me.

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PALMTREE1 4/2/2011 10:20AM

    I've been invited to Zumba classes by very exuberant Zumbalites. I know they love it. I can SEE that they have benefited from it, and I am proud for them. It is not for me. Give me long walks...alone. The feel of a weight in my hand and the burn of a muscle being used with deliberate motions. The sound of my own, controlled breathing that tells me I am strong. The music I listen to may not be high energy nor sensual, but it makes me feel beautiful and graceful....in possession of myself. My Zumba friends, I salute your enthusiasm and gusto, but it is not for me.

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MYSOLDIERSWIFE 1/23/2010 4:05PM

    YAY! 5MPH?? that's faster then i run for training- i run 15 min miles! that's fantastic!! emoticon

and you don't like zumba? good for you! less time in line waiting! emoticon
trying new things is totally hit and miss- this one you missed- the next one you'll probably hit :-) emoticon keep going girly!

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PKTREKGIRL 1/23/2010 1:37AM

    I think it's great that you tried something new - even if it didn't work out, at least you tried it.

I have never been to a Zumba class, but I'm not sure if it would be my thing either. And it DEFINITELY would not be my thing in a really crowded room - I'd go completely claustrophobic almost immediately (in fact, by the sound of that line you stood on, it would have been then, before I even got to the class!) and have to get out of there, like NOW!

But then, I'm really a runner at my core....and some of the reasons I love it so much are because it is so clean, simple, and non-claustrophobic.

Anyway, glad you got in a good run in the end!


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FUZZYPHOEBE 1/22/2010 11:02AM

    Thanks for sharing your Zumba experience. I had no idea what Zumba is, but now I will avoid it like the plague. I have no rhythm at all, and can barely make it through an aerobics class, so Zumba is totally out for me.

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CINDYTW 1/22/2010 6:52AM

  I hate Zumba too!! I am not a dancer and it was too hard for me to follow, especially with it being crowded and stuffy!!

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ESSYOUEEE 1/21/2010 8:39AM

    Just popping by from the Zumba group (because I was curious why you didn't like it). Good for you for knowing what you need and want! Best of luck!

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BSTAKINGACTION 1/21/2010 7:12AM

    In my local gym, there's a poster with this saying: "Learn to Love the Things You Hate". Yeah, well, I hate that poster and I'm not feeling the love flow here.

Good for you for being honest with yourself and for not giving in completely. I remember the day I discovered that it was ok for me not to like to do something...I just replaced it with something I did. It was such a relief to let go of that dang hip hop dance class! emoticon

I took a Zumba class about a year ago with friends....and while I loved the music, and enjoyed the time with my friends, that class too was really crowded and its participants territorial. I found I wasn't willing to put the effort into learning how to do the moves...so, I let it go. Plus, I got a good look at myself in the window next to me. GAH! Just let me run.
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PRINCESSNURSE 1/21/2010 6:52AM

    Sorry you didn't like Zumba...I love it. However I hate virtually any other form of aerobic dance so I understand your point. The key is to do what you love to do for exercise and each of us loves something different!

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HUNTINGGODDESS 1/21/2010 5:43AM

    Zumba as any other sports do depend on the people that teach them. But I know where you coming from. I was laughing at your blog. See I always hated running with a passion. I can't walk fast not to talk about running. I did make it to running 45 min for a while but I was half my size. But I think a challenge is a good thing too. I find it challenging to do a dance in such an environment. Life is too short too always look graceful. Well, aloha and keep it coming.

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ANNIE_1015 1/21/2010 2:03AM

  Good for you! You are sticking with your goal to not do things that don't bring you joy! These days, because of the weather, I only run on the treadmill. Since I'm only on W2D2, I can honestly say that I've never run outside. I guess it'll be several more weeks until it is warm enough for me to try and by then I hope to be in better shape!

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SUPERWOMAN2010 1/21/2010 1:59AM

    And by the way... This blog was posted on Wednesday the 20th, not the 21st. It is only 9PM here in Hawaii!

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