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10/8/11 3:28 P

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emoticon ZUMBA!! Glad you went back. I remember when I first tried Zumba. I told myself I was not going back. I felt so out of place. I did go back with a different instructor. I am now total Zumba nut. Keep up the great work.

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10/2/11 8:10 P

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Good for you for getting back on the horse! I also have a bad knee (no ACL on the left side...tore it completely in half doing a Duranguense several years ago) and have badly popped it in class twice. The last time, I fell backwards and bounced on my butt. Nope, not humiliating at all! :)

I've gotten better at identifying specific Zumba moves that I just have to avoid. I try not to do Zumba more than two or three days a week and I do lower impact exercises on the other days of the week. I've also noticed that particular instructor's styles can be easier or harder on the knees. There is one teacher in my area who is very hip-hop oriented and her classes just aren't a good fit for what my body is able to do--I can't take her class more than about once a week.

If you haven't been to a physical therapist to get exercises for strengthening your particular knee injury, that is worth looking into. Without my PT I wouldn't be able to walk, much less dance.

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Dances to Learn in the future: flamenco, tango Argentino, samba, belly dancing, bhangra, danzón, Cuban rumba, ballroom rumba


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10/1/11 10:07 A

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I feel for you, I had to leave BOdypump class, because my back just gave up on me ...I took a week off from weights and tried again with lower weight, I was fine..but I was scared to even try.

we just need to listen to our body..it knows better.!

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9/28/11 4:42 P

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9/28/11 4:28 P

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This morning I woke up and was really yearning for my Zumba which I haven't been to since early August when I partially dislocated my knee in class.

Thanks to this group and you wonderful folks at SPARK I learned about "Zumba Gold" - it's a lower impact Zumba for either older adults or beginners or people with injuries...

Anyways this morning I woke up, I knew there was a Zumba Gold class held weekly at my gym, happens to be on Wednesdays - but I'm still kinda scared - I mean, I don't know if it's one of those post-traumatic mind thingees or something but as much as I "WANTED" to zumba, I was scared to... even scared to do it Gold-Style.

So this morning I catch myself looking up zumba routines on youtube and sitting here like a lost puppy dog wishing I could zumba...

So

I got up, didn't even have my 2nd cup of coffee (!!!!) and got dressed and in the car... went to Zumba Gold!

It was definitely lower impact, and the song choices were a little different - not as much reggaeton, more "tango/fox-trotty classic steps" - that made me a little sad cuz I love love love shakin my booty to reggaeton

BUT

I did the class, I did it well, got a good work out - but most importantly - am getting my confidence back!

I did wear a knee brace and I arrived early to ask the instructor if Zumba Gold would be ok in her opinion - she was REALLY nice, really supportive, and even mid-class during a routine was like "How ya doin??" to me - I was like "WOOT DOIN FINE!"

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I'm gonna go to one or two more sessions of Zumba Gold (sadly they are only once a week) and otherwise stick with my 30-Day-Shred (which I did when I got home - GO ME!) and then hopefully my confidence in my knee will be built back up again to handle the "regular" booty-shakin hips-wigglin jumpin-around type class!

Yay SPARK for nudging me to Zumba Gold... Yay my KNEE for being fine today - and a big YAY for myself for taking the chance and GETTING UP AND JUST DOING IT!!!

*big hug to all the zumba-lovers here*

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9/27/11 8:59 P

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I haven't had as serious of an injury as you, but I do have problems with my feet and back. I still Zumba but at times I can't do any jumping or twisting. But I do believe my feet and back are stronger by doing what I can. Wishing you the best in whatever you decide to do next.

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9/27/11 4:24 P

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Also consider seeking out a Zumba Gold class. It's not as intense, could be the right start. No jumping, less twisty movements, but still really great.

Sandy

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9/27/11 4:03 P

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I'm so sorry to hear about all of your troubles!! I have a slew of knee problems and have had four surgeries for various injuries on my knees before I turned 20 (I'm 26 now). I had horribly weak knees and have worked hard to strengthen my knees and not hear that POP ever again. I know your fear and your pain but I have found I am so much better off doing a type of exercise I love and just being a little more cautious. The more I do, the better my knees and my heath are.

You're worked hard to strengthen your knees and seem to be very aware of your body. I'd say go for it and just watch out for some of the moves that might cause any pain/problems.

I say go for it!

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9/27/11 3:13 P

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Is there an Aqua Zumba class in your area? Or just hide in the back of the class and just move a bit. Explain to the instructor what happened. She may have a few ideas for you to try.

Mary

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9/27/11 2:51 P

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I really really would appreciate peoples thoughts on this. I'm suffering like post-traumatic SCARDY-CAT-NESS or something... either i'm one big 'fraidy cat chicken or I'm rightfully wary....

After a bit of a hiatus due to moving and changing cities and all that jazz, I went to a class my most beloved Zumba - this was on 8/3/2011, last month. (just a note - i do wear appropriate "dance" sneakers)

Anyways - during that class, I don't know - maybe the warmup wasn't "warm uppy" enough, maybe I tried going to hard too fast back into where I "WAS" at Zumba... but I hurt my knee. It popped and hurt, I took it down to lower impact, it popped and hurt again - I moved to the BACK of the class for VERY low impact... and boom, popped and hurt again - leaving the hour class only 34 minutes into it - doing a "walk of shame" leaving early.

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I went to the doctor like a good girl, he took xrays, bones were fine, he thinks I just had a 'partial dislocation', mostly due to the surrounding muscles being too weak for the exercise I was doing (which frustrated me, because when i *very first started* zumba, I was in worse shape - yet got no injury)

Anyways like a good girl listening to the doctor I wore an ACE bandage, kinda let 'pain be my guide' - it really kinda hurt - was feeling wobbly, and smarted pretty bad whenever I tried to straighten my leg fully. Doctor gave me an anti-inflammatory prescription and said if it wasn't improving by 2 weeks he'd schedule a MRI to see if it was something worse.

It improved, slowly but surely went back to normal - I think normal - I can straighten it with no pain!

By the end of the month (8/30) I felt ok enough to pop in a "lower impact" exercise DVD. It seemed to be ok... but I was coddling it just a bit. Kept doing some lower impacts. Finally moved to a harder DVD - not necessarily "jostling" type maneuvers, but lunges, squats - 'strength' training for those muscles surrounding the knee.

It's almost 2 months after the initial injury - and 'I'm really REALLY missing zumba.....

BUT

I'm really really SCARED.

I haven't done anything "zumba-like", I mean i've "STRENGTHENED" my knee for a month now (long enough??), and can and have done things like jumping jacks and jumping rope....

But I'm really scared....

I want to zumba so bad... but... I'm pretty much terrified that I'll go back to that class and POP - knee hurts again.

I know I should maybe if anything do 'lower impact', but I'm ridiculous in the fact that when I am "in" class, I dont know - the music just gets my booty shaking, and without even meaning to I'm pushing myself hard to it.

Has anyone ever suffered an injury and had to get over the fear of returning??? Any thoughts how I can get over this?? I do very much miss zumba.

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