Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Get Up Off Your Ass


AND DANCE!!!!!

Merry Meet Friends and Lurkers (and I do know who you are :)

One word! Zumba!!! What???? You've never heard of Zumba???? Ok, well firstly, it's pronounced Zoomba" and what it is, is a workout system that fuses international rhythm and dance and that turns every workout into a party!

Let me tell you how I discovered Zumba. About 6 months ago, I was lifting weights about 3 days a week and running about two miles on the treadmill on alternate days. Yes, it was definitely an effective workout, but it also had become mind-numbingly boring. Not to mention that I injured my shoulder, got a stress fracture in my foot and my hips ached on a daily basis. There just had to be a better way!

One morning, I dragged myself into the gym, dreading the idea of working out, when I overheard one of the group fitness instructors talking about a new class that was being added to the schedule. Well, I NEVER take the classes at the gym. Not that there's anything wrong with them, but I always felt that you couldn't really get a great workout in one an hour a day. Ok, so now I'm eavesdropping, and I'm hearing the word "dance". Wait a minute!!! I absolutely love to dance!!! I decided at that moment that I would give it a try. Well, all I can say is that I haven't missed a class since!!! I'm currently taking Zumba classes at 4 different facilities. As for not being able to get an effective workout in an hour, well, I hate to admit I'm wrong, but in this case I am thrilled!!!

Finally, while perusing one of my Zumba instructor's websites and I noticed that an instructor's workshop was being taught in our area by Tanya Beardsley, who is an internationally known Zumba Specialist (that's Tanya in the video) and I thought to myself, "Self, you can do this!". Just to reaffirm though, I ran the idea by a couple of my instructors who told me in no uncertain terms that I "had" to become an instructor!!!

I have to confess, at 40 something years old, I was a bit trepidatious. I kept envisioning myself walking into a group of 20 year-olds and making a complete and utter ass of myself or alternatively dying on the dance floor. I quickly put those thoughts aside when I realized that not only were there 20 year-olds, but 30, 40 and 50 + year olds as well!!! Well, to make a long story short, after dancing for 9 hours, I am proud to say that I am a certified Zumba instructor!!

All I can say is, if you're looking for a workout that's fun, easy and effective....Get Off Your Ass and DANCE!!!!!

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow what a workout!! I work out at Kings Court have never heard of that being taught at the gym.
Probably couldn't do it anyway because of my condition but dancing is one of the best exercises and I love to dance Maybe I can do a slow version of it. (LOL)

Carol

Tracy said...

Hey Carol,

There are the basic steps to all the dances, whether it's merengue, salsa, cumbia, reggaton or hip hop. That's the genius behind the concept of Zumba, you can gear it to your fitness level and make it your own. As long as you can pick up the rhythm, you can do Zumba. Anybody can do it!

Anonymous said...

T

I will check it out I need something different instead of treadmill and weights!

C

Tracy said...

Carol,

I'm going to begin teaching in the near future. It's going to be "basics" at first, I know I still have a lot to learn myself. I will definitely need "victims", I mean "volunteers" to practice on. I'll let you know!

T

Anonymous said...

I will be your "victim" LOL

Carol

Tracy said...

Thanks Carol! I knew I could count on you!!!