I would love to sit here and write about how much I enjoyed Zumba the first time I tried it. I did not. Let me tell you why. I have no coordination and if life depended on my ability to follow dance moves, we would all die a fast death.
Zumba uses music to get you pumped up and ready to rock. The tunes include different beats and tempo changes designed to target every muscle group whether it be cardio, toning, or strengthening your core. The routine calls for different dance styles like Salsa, Merengue, Belly Dancing, and Reggaeton… to name a few. Problems arise when you’re the type of person who has two left feet.
That doesn’t mean you won’t like it. It’s fast, it’s upbeat, and it makes you sweat. It’s a great way to get fit and you’ll sort of have fun while doing it. It beats the hell out of an elliptical machine any day. But, if you’re like me – and many of you are – you’ll have a hard time getting over the fact that you look like a bouncing piñata for about an hour. I was frustrated with the fact that I could not get the dance moves before we moved on to the next one. End result? Sweaty, sweaty anger.
I ain’t no quitter and so I did go to my Zumba class for another trial run. The steps were easier to follow the second time around and our instructor did have a knack for getting people to push harder. She often screamed at us in what I assume is her way to motivate participants, and man did it work. After all, you don’t want someone yelling in your face when you’re already insecure about your choreographing abilities.
After my second stint in zumba class I wanted to know more. I went home and YouTubed “Zumba.” There is where I found this video: Zumba Fitness. Sold.
Did you see how happy everyone looked? AND they show you how to do the moves! Let’s face it, not all of us can dance like J.LO so this is a great way to learn. I would suggest maybe starting off with these at-home Zumba fitness DVDs before joining a class. Not only do you sweat just as much, but you also don’t feel shameful when you trip over yourself and bump into the couch (Shout out to that chick I accidentally punched in the face during last week’s zumba class. Sorry again.) In this dvd set you’ll find seven total-body workouts, with varying levels of intensity. Check it out here for more info.
Final Verdict? Everyone is talking about how awesome Zumba is. Really? Is it really THAT awesome? The DVDs are fun, but the classes? Not right away. At best, it’s a great class to take with a couple of your friends and that hour of exercising will just fly by. It’s something to do and you won’t feel as bad because they look stupid too. And that makes everything better.
When I master the art of Zumba, I will probably head back to class. If not for fitness, I will continue to go to them because A) there is one guy who is better than I am and I’d like to show him up B) It really does make you sweat, and finally C) I like to laugh at all my friends.