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!
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.
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!
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”