Well I did it! I attended B1 Zumba training and it was a BLAST!
I'm so glad I finally signed up. I met a lovely group of fellow trainees, and I came out of the session feeling like I know so much more about Zumba! I mean, most everyone who's taken Zumba knows how it was started, but the part I found so beneficial and interesting was the breakdown of the steps and learning how to string them together. As I drove home from Madison I listened to the material we were given, and I found myself already thinking of steps I would use during particular phrases of certain songs.
I also learned that although I enjoy using ALL the steps, I have my favorites...Cumbia and Reggaeton. I'm already thinking of when I want to take B2, because I would LOVE to learn the Samba! I have tried it and I can't do it. That's where the practice comes in, right?
I love the belly dance, Quebradita and Bollywood routines we have done in class, I just didn't know there was so much to know!
The only thing I will say is the dance studio hosting our training was too small for the group we had. It was a NICE studio, though! I'm thinking Madison is on the list of places to consider if/when my husband and I ever move. Just driving around in the city, I can see why it draws so many. It's bigger than Rockford, but not HUGE, like Chicago. And, IMO, it's more picturesque than Rockford. I need something nice to look at! Aaaaand back to Zumba training...
I packed MANY snacks because I'm always so worried I'll pass out from the exertion. I brought 2 servings of almonds, 2 bags of strawberries, a banana, a pear, an apple and a bistro lunch thing from Starbucks when I stopped for my morning coffee as I drove out of Rockford. I felt like I was eating ALL DAY! The sugar in the fruit barely kept me sustained until the next interval when we could relax and take notes. By the time I left training at 4:30, I was STARVING, which forced me to make a bad decision....I stopped at Culvers somewhere between Madison and Janesville. I was baaaaad. And it was so delicious, but now I know why I don't eat that stuff very often anymore...I was HURTING when I got home.
Our ZES, Debbie Wood, was AMAZING. I really love that Zumba stresses there is no "right" or "wrong" way to do the steps...rather, participants feel like they're having fun with it instead of worrying about having to keep up. It's great having 2 years of experience as a participant to understand that side of it...I get really annoyed if I can't follow someone's steps, and Debbie pointed out that if participants are having trouble, then SIMPLIFY the routine a bit. It's not as much of a calorie-burner if the whole class is trying to catch on the entire time.
That said, I LOVE all the steps and want to use them ALL! I'm going to be practicing constantly! I like to think of myself as only slightly coordinated...there are some steps I can seriously ROCK, and others, no matter how much I try, I will never get it. Even direction changes throw me off a bit now and then. Two years of participating in Zumba classes went out the window yesterday, because I felt like I had two left feet again!
The next step for me is getting my CPR certification. I think I'll look into my organization and see when they offer it. After that, group exercise certification. I have no idea how far I will go with this, but I want to have all my ducks in a row.
But for now...