Shake Up Your Fitness Routine with Zumba

September 2, 2010 at 10:14 pm | Posted in Fitness | Leave a comment
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You know the saying “dance like nobody’s watching?” Take a Zumba exercise class for the first time and this saying takes on a whole new meaning (and it ain’t pretty). Picture lots of rump and hip shakin’ in this Latin dance fitness class.

Lately, I haven’t been working out as much as I should (don’t even ask about my diet), so I decided to kick-start my metabolism with a group exercise class at my gym 24Hour Fitness. I live in the Pacific Northwest where outdoor sports reign supreme, but I’ve always been more at home in a sweaty weight room. I hadn’t taken Zumba before, but noticed the classes were bursting at the seams with smiling people, so I thought what the heck!

After the first few dance sequences of feeling like a fool, I realized that other classmates weren’t winning any dance competitions either, so told myself “move it and get that heart rate up.”

Zumba is a lot of fun and a great workout! Like the class description states, it really is “more of a party than a workout.” The hour-long class flew by, which never happens when I do cardio. It isn’t as intense as kick-boxing, step or jogging, but it’s a harder workout than it looks. The next morning, my core felt sore, which is good for this problem area of mine.

There are Zumba classes in many cities and no dance experience required!

Video from 24Hour Fitness Channel on You Tube Web site.

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