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Zumba Gold

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

So, last weekend, I attend another...yes ANOTHER...Zumba training. This one is close to my heart as it's a low impact Zumba class for the true beginners, the unconditioned, the older population, those recovering from surgery/cancer/ect and those otherwise needing a low impact/easy on joints exercise.

I have been approached by local nursing homes and asked if I'd be interested in leading their residents in a Zumba Gold class. Most are in wheelchairs and I think they'd have a blast toe-tapping to the latin inspired dance music! In our training, we did two master standing and one specifically for those in wheelchairs.

Also, since I have my Zumba Toning license, I went ahead and did my Gold Toning e-course, which combines the two licenses and will allow me to teach a modified form of toning in my Gold classes.

Great things ahead!!

Also, again, thank you so much for your wonderfully kind words and support these last couple of days. I have spent the mornings reading each and every reply with grateful tears running down my face. I honestly would not be where I am today without the Sparkpeople community. It is an incredibly valuable resource (and free!!) and I'm humbled to be a part of it.

Stay strong! Enjoy life! Be blessed!! emoticon

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SHELLSBROOD 5/19/2013 3:03PM

    I'm licensed in Aqua Zumba and I HIGHLY recommend it. You're using the resistance of the water as a strength training tool. And, yes, it is much gentler on the joints. It's a ton of fun!

And, yes, I've also had men in my classes. Zumba was created by man, after all! But, the majority are women.

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BIGBROTHER323 5/17/2013 3:10PM

    how many men do you have in your classes. I've thought about going but don't want to be thought of as just showing up for the view! LOL

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AMARIE013 5/13/2013 9:29AM

  Thanks for the info! I've been wanting to try Zumba, but am thinking about first trying out the "aqua zumba" offered at the gym. Do you have any insight on the pool version? (I was much more active a couple of years ago. I had knee surgery about 2 years ago due to a torn meniscus. Knee was better BEFORE the surgery emoticon )

(...and I'm a newbie to Spark so please forgive me if I didn't do this right! )

You ARE an inspiration to ME! THANK YOU!

Comment edited on: 5/13/2013 9:31:38 AM

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SPARKLISE 5/9/2013 7:05AM

    I love zumba!
I passed in front of our center last January and I saw there was zumba on Saturday morning.
I decided to go and it changed my life.
I was hooked in the first 10 minutes and never looked back.
62 lbs lost later, I still zumba as often as I can(I call myself a groupie because I follow the instructors at different centers). emoticon

Good for you to follow your passion! emoticon

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LIVING4HIM_INWI 5/4/2013 6:23PM

    You are doing great things! You are a true inspiration and I'm so glad that you are helping so many others on their health journey! Keep going!

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RUDBECKIA13 5/2/2013 11:37AM

    I love Zumba and someday hope to become an instructor! I want to lose my weight first and Zumba is helping. Congratulations - you've achieved so much.

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    I wanted to tell you that when I was in HS and then again in college I got to be part of watching/participating in workouts at nursing homes and I loved it. Well... I just love being around people that age. Robert and I don't have any grandparents so I love getting some time with older people. You rock and are blessing the lives of so many!

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SLIMMERJESSE 5/1/2013 9:00AM

    I've been planning to try Zumba for awhile now. Will be picking up the magazine in the next day or two. Mega-congrats - very inspirational.

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SHARIKAYE 5/1/2013 12:45AM

    I am 54 and started out at 296 pounds but had heard so many good things about Zumba I wanted to give it a try. I have also had two knee replacements. I read about Zumba Gold and ordered it offline. It took me a couple of times to get through the steps. The first time I tried to do the actual workout I couldn't get the through the whole thing. It took until my third time through to finish it. I love it now! I still have trouble with the cha-cha, but one of these days I'll get it. I've lost almost 40 pounds. I owe a lot of that to Zumba. Someday I hope to get the courage to try a class. And then after I lose a little more weight, maybe a regular Zumba class. I can't wait to go get your magazine article and read it. You may have just found another fan and follower.

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123ELAINE456 4/30/2013 12:00PM

  Sounds like You are doing Well with Zumba Dance Classes. God Blessings to Everyone. Have a Great Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!

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SHELLSBROOD 4/30/2013 11:43AM

    The regular Zumba Fitness classes are high impact and have some twisting and jumping that might not be kind to people who have joint or other health issues. Zumba Gold keeps things low impact and nixes the twisting and jumping, so those who might not be able to do those things because of health issues can still enjoy a fun and party-like exercise class.

And make no mistake! I was still sweating during those classes. Just because it's low impact, it doesn't mean less exercising. emoticon

Edited to add: You'd have to check on under "find instructor" to see if there is an instructor near you licensed in Zumba Gold. It is pretty much everywhere and has been going on for a few years. Hope that helps!

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SNOWYOGA 4/30/2013 11:26AM

    Glad that you had a good time and it went well. But I want to ask, I didn't know that there were different ( low impact Zumba class) Is this new, and are they taught ever were? Thanks for the information emoticon

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LYDIASPURPLE 4/30/2013 11:01AM

    I just sign up at the Peoples Program here in New Orleans for adults over 62. Zumba will be offered.

I'm accepting.


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COCK-ROBIN 4/30/2013 10:52AM

    I just love Zumba, and I'm glad for you.

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