Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Ditch the workout...

…Join the Party!

It was on a Saturday morning a few years ago that I went to the Legacy center ready for my step interval class. Little did I know that the schedule had changed, the new class was called Zumba! I had never heard of it, but as the music started pumping and the instructor got moving I COULD HARDLY CONTAIN MYSELF!!!!!!!! I was hooting, hollering, jumping, dancing- and I’ve been doing it every week since. While living in Mexico for a summer I developed a major love for the culture, including the music and dance. I was once told by a dance partner (and I took it as a compliment) que tengo el ritmo latino en la sangre! (I have the latin rythym in my blood )
I am so lucky to have an instructor who keeps the moves clean and tame, but still full of energy. We always leave feeling better than when we arrive. I guess that's partly because we are barely awake at 6am. She started teaching last June, so we are celebrating her 1 year anniversary. I made and distributed matching pink zebra headbands for the occasion. Pictured here are some of the women with whom “Me gusta mueve mueve!” (The Madagascar theme song in Spanish, love it!)

In case you are still wondering whether or not you should give it a whirl, here is explanation from their website:
The Zumba® program fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a one-of-a-kind fitness program that will blow you away. Our goal is simple: We want you to want to work out, to love working out, to get hooked. Zumba® Fanatics achieve long-term benefits while experiencing an absolute blast in one exciting hour of calorie-burning, body-energizing, awe-inspiring movements meant to engage and captivate for life!
As of May 2010, the Zumba® program is being taught at over 60,000 locations in 105 countries, has sold millions of DVDs, and has changed the lives of Zumba® Fanatics worldwide with an astonishing 7.5 million participants taking Zumba classes every week.
Why? Because it's the best party around.