To Zzzz Or To Zumba?

Ok, so I am a little slow on the latest exercise trends but at least I got my ass in gear finally. I haven’t been to a gym since 2005, and I used to exit the classes halfway through under the guise of a ferocious coughing attack, never to return. I vowed THIS time would be different and so far so good. Why the change? I decided to find something that I actually liked as opposed to something I could tolerate. Just about the only physical activity I enjoy is dancing. I have been an active dancer from the time I could walk (some say my performance of Live Dolly at the age of 6 was award-winning if not epic) on up to the sorostitute Greek Week dance offs. So, Zumba seemed to be the natural choice. I was pleasantly surprised at the range of ages: collegiate girls replete with super spandex and bouncy ponytails, geriatric gentlemen with sweats, and curvaceous middle-agers in yoga pants and t-shirts. Our instructor looked like Meg Ryan circa 1986 in Armed and Dangerous but with the wardrobe and enthusiasm of an 80s male fitness instructor. I am talking yellow nylon wind pants, white sneakers and a muscle tee. In her heavy Polish accent, she instructed us to MOOOOVE!! FEEL IT! while shimmying to Maroon 5.

Oh, I moved. I felt it. And I prayed that b would poop his pants halfway through so the Kids Club people would have to bail me out. This was a Work Out.Did I go back? Yep. Again and again. Here are some tips to make your Zumba experience enjoyable:The class description at my gym says bring a hip scarf. Really? Oh sure, I will just grab one from my vast collection. Umm…don’t do this. You will look like an idiot.If you are new, go early and get a spot in the back. They don’t teach you the moves before kicking it off. You learn by mimicking the instructor or a more seasoned veteran.If you are insecure about your moves, go solo the first few times to catch on then bring a friend. There are no real breaks. You don’t get an intermission. Stand near the back or edge to fake unbearable thirst or a cramp to regroup.Anyone try SoulCycle? The concept seems silly, kind of like when my sister and I used to “car dance”…groove to the music seat belted into our car seats. I will try (almost) anything once, though!

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3 Comments

  1. January 23, 2013 / 8:05 pm

    We have a studio in Cleveland name psycle that is modeled after Soul Cycle- I've posted about it many times, so clearly I absolutely adore it!!! I believe flywheel Chicago is a similar concept! We should definitely take a class on my next visit!!!

    • January 23, 2013 / 8:11 pm

      I remembered you talking about it, but didn't know it was different than spin! It might be a tough go trying to give up manicures in exchange for working out. Can we drink while we cycle? Cocktails and cycling? Eh…probably not the best idea…

  2. January 25, 2013 / 3:11 pm

    It is the same as spin, but you ride to the beat of the music unlike a lot of spin classes where you may just arbitrarily be on a hill. Girl, we can always do a class and then hit brunch and manis after! The class is only 45 minutes!!