Saturday, November 16, 2013
I usually go to Zumba Gold on Saturday a.m. at the Senior Center, it is a very lively and fun class. The instructor (Dick) will put on a belly dance coin scarf and shimmy along with everyone. It is the most successful class in our city, with over 60 participants each week including a few brave men who are inspired by Dick.
Today we (Spunky LB, Hanne & I) arrived only to find that the senior center (including the gym) had been totally turned over to an annual Christmas crafts fair, and Zumba was cancelled. We could tell just from the lobby that the craft fair was EXCELLENT with wonderful homemade goods and moderate prices. Spunky LB and I both independently decided to buy the same gift for Pat’s birthday (a handblown glass hummingbird feeder); we arrived at the checkout together. She told me she had arrived first, so I let her get it. (I bought one too! It will be a great gift for someone)
The regular Zumba class at our Parks District fitness center starts 15 minutes after Zumba gold is scheduled, so we raced over there and joined the new class. The instructor was energetic and fun, and the class was much faster and higher impact than Zumba gold. I told the instructor at the start that the three of us were refugees from Zumba Gold so we might modify some moves. She told the whole class that everyone should modify the steps to their own ability and comfort level. It was a great workout, fast and challenging. I would do it again (my friends would not – they did not like the faster pace).
At the end of the class, a young woman approached me and asked me: “What is Zumba mold?” She misheard my comment to the instructor. I explained about Zumba Gold – but I LOVED the concept of Zumba mold. That must be what happens when you don’t put your sweaty Zumba workout gear in the washing machine right away! Or maybe it’s what causes creaky muscles when you stay away from Zumba too long.
Spunky LB, Hanne and I were unanimous in wanting to return to the holiday craft fair. I NEVER shop early for Christmas, but we had a lot of fun. I got a lovely handmade wooden box for Pat’s birthday, plus a new winter hat for skiing.