Zumba- Trying Something New Series


June 30, 2017 BY COSMO MORABBI, THE GF PEACH GUY

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THIS IS PART OF THE TRY SOMETHING NEW SERIES WHERE I, A SPOONIE, TRY DIFFERENT WORKOUTS AND REPORT HOW I FEEL BEFORE, DURING, AND AFTER.

Trying Out Zumba as a Spoonie

Free Zumba

Zumba is an aerobic fitness program featuring movements inspired by various styles of Latin American dance and performed primarily to Latin American dance music.

​My community offers free classes and since I like to be frugal and fit, attending those classes just makes sense. Last week I tried out the free Yoga class. This weeks class was Zumba. 

So to give a fair warning, if you do not enjoy dancing this may not be a workout that you will enjoy. Be ready to mess up and feel a little embarrassed because the dance moves can be a bit tricky.

Also don't get discouraged if you have some difficulty with the moves your first time. Many of the other people attending the class will have done it multiple times and have practiced those same moves over and over. My dancing background did help a little bit but I still struggled on picking up a few of the moves.

Before The Zumba

As usual my knees and hands were bothering me today and I was sore from my workout yesterday. However, some adrenaline kicked in because I was a dancer for 14 years of my life and was excited to be swaying my hips in a class again. 

I  was also a bit concerned about being able to keep up and wondered how difficult the class would be. I also had to sign a waiver stating that the instructor is not responsible if I were to get injured during the class.

During The Zumba Session

Zumba is intense! I had a false expectation that this class would be easy but it was not. I think my excitement for the class carried me throughout the workout.

Here are some things I learned.

  • This instructor was great and offered alternatives to some of the moves that would lower the impact on my knees. (THANK GOODNESS)
  • Take water breaks as often as you need.
  • Everything was great until the the third song hit and BAM! did my heart rate get going. After that one I needed a little breather as my chest was tightening up, so I drank some water and stretched the legs. 
  • The class went through intervals of medium to high level of difficulty.
  • The instructor added squats during the session and after a few I had to sit out some because my knees just could not take it today. 

All in all the class was a little challenging but fun because it was dance. I have to give some props to the instructor as she was enthusiastic and made me feel comfortable no matter if I missed or messed up the move.

Side Note

  • Make sure you bring lots of water. This is a heavy cardio class so you are going to need those breaks.
  • Make sure you wear comfortable clothing. Our instructor has some good looking Zumba gear I might just have to get for the next time I come.  

After The Zumba Session

I was so thirsty and hungry after this class. I must have burned a ton of calories too as it was a really cardio heave class. 

When I got back home fatigue kicked in hard and my core felt a bit sore. While I enjoyed the class, Zumba will not be something I would want to attend on a regular basis

My knees, chest, and fatigue the following day was just not worth the class. As I continue on improving my fitness and if my knees get better, I will have to come back and try Zumba again. In the meantime, I will just continue to do short breakout dancing in my home with my 3 year old.   

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