My Experience With–ZUMBA

Good Morningggg!

How’s everyone doing this morning?

I’m excited because today I have a new feature that I am introducing on M.Y.A. The feature is called “My Experience With–”.  How it will work is that every so often I will do a post that involves my experience with a certain fitness class, recipe, food, place etc…

This feature is going to be pretty random, so be ready to read and learn about my experience with well- anything! Here is the first installment of My Experience With– Enjoy!

My Experience With–Zumba

I consider myself a creature of habit, but I won’t lie about the fact that I tend to get bored very easily. This goes for almost all aspects of my life whether it be at work, when I was in school and especially with my workouts/fitness routines. When things start to come to easily I become less than motivated to continue and find myself seeking other options.

When spin class got old, I picked up outdoor running. When I completed my first half-marathon, I took a break from running long distances and signed up for The Rebel Race. I like to stay consistent, but I also like to be challenged. I believe that goals/consistency are necessary to be successful, but change is also essential.

So why am I bringing this all up today? In case the title of this post didn’t already give it away, I’ve decided to shake things up (literally) with my workouts yet again!

A good friend of mine introduced me to Studio Poise, a dance studio where group fitness classes such as Zumba, Barreworke and Poise are taught.

If you have never heard of Poise before, it is the studio’s signature class created my the owner Danielle Roback herself.  It is a fusion of Pilates, dance, light weight training, isometrics and overall body conditioning and let me tell you it’s a killer workout!

So far I have taken Danielle’s Zumba, Poise and Barrework classes (not all on the same day!) and am glad to report that they are all very different, fun and challenging in their own ways.

Danielle and I pre-Zumba

I have to admit that I can be classified as a “cardio queen”. I love to run and I grew up playing tennis.

If I run at the gym, their is a slight change that I will do about 10-15 min of strength training, but not much more than that. Lifting heavy weights never really interested me, but with guns like these why would I need to strength train? <—Haha, that is a joke obviously!

Speaking of cardio, I was not aware of how much cardio Zumba involves!

Just to give you a little background info-I’ve never taken a Zumba class prior to my experience at Studio Poise, nor have ever taken professional dance style classes of any type. Aside from that one year I took jazz in 3rd grade, and all that college night clubbing, (kidding, kind of) I would consider myself a true beginner.

Luckily thank God, Danielle is very welcoming and her classes involve people of all different ages, sizes and backgrounds. Everyone is psyched about having a good time while dancing around to high-energy Latin music in a non-intimidating atmosphere. Zumba truly is “one big dance party!”

Truth be told, I was lost for a good 75% of the first class, and my coordination was probably WAY off,  but it was still loads of fun!

Zumba is unique because the instructors don’t speak much throughout the class. Instead they use hand signals or claps that signify certain moves. It’s all about learning by watching and by repetition. This was frustrating at first, but since most of the songs/routines remain the same for several weeks you are supposed to get the hang of it.

To me Zumba seems to be the perfect balance between being consistent, but also challenging. I am not a natural at this so it’s definitely challenging for me, but since a lot of the moves are the same it’s also consistent. Most importantly though-Zumba is FUN! If you don’t believe me, just watch the video below.

Before I knew it an hour had passed, I was drenched in sweat and having a great time! Zumba really does stay true to its motto. Ditch the workout, join the party!

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Have you ever taken a Zumba class before? What are your thoughts?

Do you tend to get bored easily with the same workout routine? What do you do to change things up?

 Quote of the Day

“If you are not prepared to take risks, you can’t expect to get results”


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Comments

  1. Stellina -

    LOVE your post!! So happy that you are enjoying everything Poise has to offer, can’t wait to shake it up some more with you and mom tonight!! :-)

  2. Thanks for sharing! I’ve never tried Zumba because I am so NOT coordinated when it comes to shakin’ my groove thang. But you’re convincing me that I need to give it a shot. :)
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  3. I have been thinking about trying Zumba for awhile now! I’m not so coordinated, though and have been a bit scared! ;)
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    • I have to say I enjoy reading your blog, even though I only found it after seeing your comments on the Rebel Race page- :) Now onto Zumba. I wanted to comment here- because I noticed the other comments- let me say Hi My name is Kim and I am a zumba addict. and let me also add that I am NOT a dancer, I do not dance, I never enjoyed dancing as a child, as a teen, or in clubs etc. I also do not normally listen to the music you hear in Zumba- I am more of a classic rock, alternative rock type of listener. But I love zumba! I have so much fun! I wish everyone would try it~everyone! I try to drag someone with me every week- rarely do I get anyone to come- but IF they did, they would be addicted too. I agree Stillina, there are people of all ages, shapes and sizes- it is for everyone! You can start off slow- and modify it as you get better and want more of a workout. Several of the places I go to show you level 1, or level 2 or level 3- for different steps. I honestly have no coordination either- or didn’t and the first few weeks I got a great ab workout- from laughing at myself.- and I still laugh at myself.. i saw something on pinterest- there are no wrong moves in zumba.. just unexpected solos.. haha so true! There is no pressure it is so much fun! Try it! you will love it!

      • Thank you for reading! Wish that I actually got to meet you at the Rebel Race!! Your comment is so true…Zumba is a ton of fun and I love it now! And yes I am the queen of unexpected solo’s, haha!

        • me too- maybe the next one we will meet.. we were the tutu trio at the rebel race :) that wasn’t our name.. i just named us that. I am already planning races for spring/summer- on my * to do list* superhero, hero rush, spartan sprint, and adventure 5k- those are the ones i def want to do- and i am hoping to add to the list ;) i can’t wait! and I am so not a fan of running- but the obstacles are so much fun and challenging

  4. I want to go so bad! Honestly have no coodination so I think I would be a bit of disaster! I usually go to a class that happens just after Zumba and everyone from the Zumba class looks exhausted and super sweaty-must be a good workout. PS see you tomorrow!
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  5. I loved this!!! You are hilarious and i look forward to more fun nights with you at Studio Poise :)

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