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is that how Y'all Zumba???????????

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Yesterday I went to Zumba at the gym across town. I am a Zumba enthusiast and typically go to the gym in my neighborhood or the one in the north side of town near the college. The ones I go to are pretty high intensity and it mixes equally salsa, regatone and hip-hop. There is a lot of booty shaking and quaking going on! But yesterday I was craving Zumba and it wasn't offered at my regular gyms. There was one being done in West Omaha where the folks are a bit more "well-to-do" but the instructor is one that I follow so I didn't think anything of it.

When I got there, I IMMEDIATELY notice that the line waiting for Zumba to start is uncharacteristically short. At the north and northwest gyms, the lines are nearly out the gym. The rooms are packed and people are amped. I have never seen such a lackluster Zumba class. Even the instructor who is typically full-out and high energy seemed to be lacking some zest. Well I was there for a workout so I did every step full-out like I was in a cheer competition or a music video. But that was even hard to do because the instructor modified ALL of the moves from her standard set. It was almost like The Dummies Guide to Zumba. Now, that is not meant as an insult but more to emphasize that this class seemed to have been guided towards beginners. As the class went on, I began to take stock of the participants. They couldn't dance! THAT is why the moves had to be modified. 95% of the class had no natural rhythm to ANY of their moves. One girl was going in the opposite direction of the entire group for the whole class. This other girl looked like a baby discovering their feet for the first time. There was only two girls that I could see that stayed on the beat. Once I realized that, I felt bad for my instructor! She was filling in for their regular instructor and although she modified all of the moves, these women were looking at her as if she gave them a Broadway routine! I immediately thought: the other instructor must have told her about the experience level of the class participants because there is no way any credible Zumba instructor would intentionally water down the class like this. Thankfully, I went hard and even did some advanced moves like jumping jack instead of just tapping out, to make sure that I got in a good burn. I finished the class with 669 calories burned.

Tonight is Emily's standard Zumba class at the north gym and I am pretty sure I will be there. It will be interesting to compare the two. As an adult educator, I know the importance of tailoring your training to each particular class so I can actually appreciate her not coming in and doing some high intensity, highly technical dance routines for that group. With that being said, I won't be in a rush to go to that gym again.
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    You may want to see about the classes at Z 72nd. It's just south of 72nd and Maple and I've heard really good things about that instructor. Lots of fun, good music, and "they work!" I like's really fun! emoticon

    1801 days ago
    Thanks for the Zumba update! I just recently got back into it. I'm hoping to take Zumba classes at least 3 times a week. You give me lots of inspiration emoticon
    1801 days ago
    Good for you for amping up the workout to meet your burn needs. That's why I don't do the zumba at my gym. There's never a line and when I watch the class it looks like a seniors chair exercise class. Most participants end up leaving before the class is half-way so it says a lot about the class/instructor.
    1801 days ago
    Oh man! I didn't know they had levels. I am always intimidated by that type of work out because this girl lost her rhythm many years ago. LOL! I need one of those take it slow/easy classes. Maybe I will try out the ones offered on tv so I can see how bad I really am or just work up to class level... ;-)
    1801 days ago
    great you managed to work out anyway
    1802 days ago
    That's good for you. Way to step it up!! I was terrible at Zumba when I first I have gotten much better!!
    1802 days ago
    I teach Zumba, so I completely understand where the instructor was coming from. When I teach my regular gym classes, I get 50+ students, but when I teach my private classes I have between 5 and 10. Very different energy/ fitness levels of students too!

    I always tell my members before class "What I do is just a guide, if you lose the beat, or a move just doesn't feel right, CHANGE IT! This is YOUR WORKOUT!" I bring the party, you bring the sweat! hahaha

    Kudos to you for making the class your own! And getting out of it what you wanted!
    1802 days ago
  • SPARKLE1908
    I believe the biggest thing with Zumba is to keep moving and not necessarily try to "dance"'s not for everyone but everyone can have fun at it and burn some good calories by moving...I am glad that you still kept your own level up and didn't try to "blend" in though... emoticon
    1802 days ago
  • SUGAR0814
    Zumba isn't for everyone. Bless their hearts for trying! Glad you did your thang & got a good workout!
    1802 days ago
  • DOTTY7267
    1802 days ago
    My Zumba class is in a rural area and the class consists of mostly older moms and older women. About 30% might be under 35. We wind up doing a lot of pop, salsa, a country song here and there, and older songs like Footloose. The instructor is pretty high energy though and I know that if I give it my all, the class is pretty hardcore for me. I would say I do have a decent rhythm, just not the flexibility or the balance for some of the faster more advanced moves. I do wish they would have a bigger variety of songs.
    1802 days ago
    I don't have the best rhythm either, but I still keep it moving whether or not I'm doing the right thing, lol. Even so, I don't think I would appreciate a watered down course. I like when the instructor offers a range of modifications from beginner to pro, that way everyone can be met at their own level and the enthusiasm & morale stays up.

    Good job with sticking out the full class and jazzing it up to your desired intensity! emoticon
    1802 days ago
    I really felt like one of those footless baby deer at the first couple classes, and every time we do a new song, I kinda blub around until I get it.

    I also think it's kinda cool that the instructor modified the class so that people of less ability could do it. That's really awesome - and it will help those people find their rhythm, too.

    My class is a big mix of a lot of things, but I think we do more reggaton and techno-y type stuff. Some pop, barely any hip-hop. My instructor goes hard, full range most of the time. If we have new people, she does the full range for the first half, and then modified for the repeating part, if that makes sense?

    I really found a lot more moves than I thought I possessed after doing Zumba for the last two months! I love it.
    1802 days ago
    How can one Zumba without shaking? That is nearly impossible but glad you did your thang ova there showing them that maybe one day they could shake their groove thang too!

    God bless my today's inspiration!

    1802 days ago
    I've only Zumba'd once. It was aqua-Zumba. I really liked it. I was thinking about gettnig a Zumba video to do at home. Because you know at home I will go all out and shake my groove thang!ha
    1802 days ago
    My Zumba class is called Club Rachel at a local recreational center, and when I tell you we shake everything that God has blessed us with, it's no joke!! This class is DA BOMB!!!! It's in a basketball gym with dimmed lights and a disco ball and the gym be PACKED!!! I peeked in on a Zumba instructor at my gym (she was practicing her routine in an empty room) I could not stop laughing at her. Needless to say, after experiencing Club Rachel's Zumba, my local gym's Zumba class is a joke.

    I'm glad you made it through, and experience helped you to tailor the workout so that you got the most out of it. emoticon

    1802 days ago
    I hear you, Monday nights @ my gym zumba is offered by an instructor who is well let's see how do I say this...less than stellar she loses her own rhythm constantly and it is a very very basic class much like the one you experienced. Oh bless her heart but when I go to zumba I expect a high intensity booty shakin' work out. Thank goodness for Iris (the awesomest zumba instructor ever) Tuesday- Friday!!
    Yay for adding your own intensity to it and making the best of it;)
    I add hand weights to Monday night classes that makes it seem a little more intense. emoticon
    1802 days ago
    It's interesting that you had this experience w/ an Instructor you know! I've "shopped around" to find the best Zumba teacher who, like you described, incorporates high energy and a mix of reggaeton, salsa, hip hop, etc. I LOVE her, but some of the other Instructors I have tried have been AWFUL like this class. I also noticed that between the 2 locations I go to for this girl, in my home town(it's mostly me and a bunch of older women), she doesn't do as much hip hop. Where as, at the other location where room is packed with a variety of ages, she includes more hip hop, which I love!

    Mad props to throwing in your jacks to pump the intensity up!!

    Shakey shakey!!

    1802 days ago
    I have less than no rhythm. I can lose my balance standing still! LOL
    1802 days ago
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