Zumba is Not for Woosies

Saturday, January 18, 2014

The Zumba craze has been around for a few years now and I've heard a lot of positive things about it. Some people say it's like a big dance party so you don't even realize you're working out. So this weekend I decided that instead of my usual routine, I would attempt a Zumba class at the gym...for fun. How bad can it be, right?

I walked into the class with my bottle of water and my little towel and I found a spot that I assumed would be towards the back of the room, and I warmed up a little while I waited for the trainer to arrive. And then she walked in...all 105 pounds of long-haired, bronze skinned, Brazilian accented Paola. And that's when the "party" began.

Suddenly I realized that everyone shows up late for this class, and in order to be "in the back" of the class, you need to stand literally against the back wall because apparently no one (except for the other little tiny women in the class) wants to be in front. And since we're all facing a mirror, I'm now watching myself jiggle disturbingly as I ineptly attempt to follow Paola's movements.

Ladies and gentlemen, Zumba may be just like a dance party, but I am here to tell you that every second I was in that class, I was painfully aware that I was exercising. Forty minutes into the sixty minutes the class was supposed to last, I realized that if I continued any longer I was in fact going to throw up. So during the next break in music, as discreetly as possible, I left.

Now for all of you Zumba enthusiasts, please don't misunderstand me. I am NOT bashing Zumba. After about 30 minutes or so, when I finally regained feeling in my arms and legs and my stomach stopped turning over, I noticed that I actually felt pretty good. As I did the stretching that I normally do after every workout, I found that I was even more flexible than usual and my balance had improved. And that's after just one class.

So will I return for another class? Yes, most definitely. Will I be able to last the whole sixty minutes next time? Probably not. Will it suddenly feel like a party? I doubt it. But if I last even two minutes longer than I did this first time, it will have been a success.

And next time...that back wall is mine.
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    Hahahaha! Oh I love this! I'm a huge Zumba lover but I have to tell you- the instructor makes AAAALLLL the difference in the world in terms of difficulty and how much it feels like a party versus a workout.

    Paola sounds like an awesome challenge! Once you start going regularly, you're going to find that it's not so bad after all and that you kinda feel like a rockstar for being able to keep up and shake what your mama gave you. Good for you for being courageous and trying something new!

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    2505 days ago
    A very entertaining blog. I am glad that you will continue to go back because you have to start somewhere. You will look back at this blog months from now and laugh because by then you will probably be able to finish the whole class without missing a beat. emoticon emoticon
    2506 days ago
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