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a DIFFERENT kind of Zumba experience

Thursday, March 21, 2013

If you read my blog yesterday, you know that I had a less than stellar experience going to a different gym's Zumba class. I am a girl who loves to emoticon emoticon and Zumba is my way to let out the wild child inside of me. The class I was in on Tuesday was like Zumba on Ambien. I decided to take yesterday as a rest day rather than go to my favorite class at the 76th & Cass location (one close to the college with a lot of hip-hop flare). But today I went to my other gym close to my house where my regular instructor Lyndsey was teaching.

I get there and no Lyndsey. In her place, a MUCH older woman. I would say late 50's, early 60's. Immediately I get nervous that I am going to have a similar experience to the one I had the other day, I know, I was pre-judging. But honestly, I like my Zumba fast and frisky, hard-thumping and hip-hop heavy.

Class starts and I tell myself to have fun since I am already here and to just modify my moves so that I get the burn that I need. The music starts and it is obvious that the instructor is not a dancer. But what I DID notice off the back was that she had ATTITUDE and I was SOLD! For me, I get excited going to Zumba off of the energy of everyone else around me. I don't care if a person isn't the best dancer, because I am not the best either, but I am an enthusiastic and confident dancer and that is what I want in my instructor and classmates. Well this woman was like the fun aunt who would let you have a beer as long as you drank it with her. She had a pack-a-day smoker's voice and a heavy tan and she would scream out things like, "Oh yeah! Shake your sisters, ladies!!!" I LOVED it!! She even played "The Wobble" which is a huge hip-hop song right now and she had us free-style and I was in heaven. She also played a FUN country song. None of her moves were advanced but I would modify and she would say, "That's right! Whoo! Hoo!" It was a small class with a very different instructor than I was used to but I had a BALL emoticon I don't know what the moral to my story is but I do know Zumba is my shiznit!!!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
FITWITHIN 3/22/2013 1:38PM

    It's nothing like a customized Zumba class. WooHoo! I'm a high intense Zumba girl, too. I going to participate in a Zumba video recording in May. I'm so looking forward to it. Keep on dancing! emoticon

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KTTAYLOR21 3/22/2013 1:18PM

    Girl you got me wanting to go to Zumba!! Now I'm at my desk singing The Wobble!!! emoticon Hey Big Girl....won't you back it up.....won't back it up emoticon OOOOWWW!!! LMAO!!!

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MIZCATHI 3/22/2013 11:29AM

    I started Zumba Gold I think in October. I hadn't exercised my mind/body connection as far as letting go to the music and hearing the beat, but I was hooked from the very 1st 10 minutes.

Don't let "Gold" fool you, there are all age groups in that class and the 30 something instructor is an obvious dancer and knows her stuff. We have progressed rapidly in the class and there is a lot of laughter and sweat.

In fact, we've come so far that my BF's husband joined us 2 weeks ago. He is an athlete, in fact a retired NFL player and rides his bike at least 10 miles a day. We kicked his butt, too. His ego was talking when he suggested the instructor was trying to impress him. Hah! He's joining us today, too.

Love, love, love ZUMBA! I am now anticipating the beat of the music and what is the next move on most of the songs. Love that connection!

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STELLASMYBEBE 3/22/2013 10:43AM


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STEVIEBEE569 3/22/2013 9:09AM

    Too funny! That is awesome that the instructor had such enthusiasm and a great attitude! I don't care how old you are, if you that type of attitude, it is so contagious! Thanks for sharing!

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ALICIALYNNE 3/22/2013 8:43AM

    WOOHOO! It's amazing, how the energy of other people can affect us during a workout.

Glad you had fun!

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NASFKAB 3/22/2013 5:20AM

  great hugs

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MSLADYBUG3 3/22/2013 1:23AM

    Glad you had a great time......go get your certificate. You deserve it!!!!

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MAMAJAHMAI 3/22/2013 1:18AM

    I agree with the other sparklers.... Please look into getting certified as a Zumba instructor emoticon

Thanks for sharing((hugs))

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SONYALATRECE 3/21/2013 11:05PM

    Wobble baby...Wobble baby...Feel like grooving now sistah!

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PAPER_WINGS18 3/21/2013 11:04PM

    Love it! I agree, you should get Zumba certified :)

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PURPLE180 3/21/2013 10:55PM

    emoticon LOVE IT! You know, maybe you should look into becoming a Zumba Instructor. emoticon

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