Saturday, July 23, 2011

The Zumba experience

I went to my first Zumba class on Monday with a co-worker. It's something I've been wanting to try for a while now and finally bit the bullet and went. It-was-awesome! The class lasted a little over 45 minutes and was pretty much non stop moving!

I've been a member of my gym for a few years now, but have never went to a group class. I guess I'm more of an independent "worker outer" if you will. I like to pretty much just run which is a solo task. Well the instructor spotted that a few of us were new to her class pretty much immediately.

She pointed to me in the middle of our set and with her lovely microphone attached to her head and loudly said "Hey you in the blue are you new here!?" Umm yes, I replied nervously. I though I was off the hook at that point of any more call outs. WRONG! The next set was pretty intense little did I know and guess who gets called to the front of the class to "help" the instructor? Yup, that'd be me.

It was a set of non stop power jogging, jumping all around, and doing all kinds of punching and kicking moves. It kicked my butt for sure. I have to say it totally helped being in the front of the class because it pushed me so much harder to give 110% I felt like the others were looking at me to keep going. It was a pretty cool feeling and worked my lungs so so so hard.

I can't wait to go back next week. It was pretty nice to mix up my running routine a bit. Here's to more Zumba!


Stacey said...

I go to a 1 hour aerobic class several times a week and I also find that the peer pressure makes me puch myself further. I feel like I want to quit at times, but I don't in order to not humiliate myself. Whatever works, huh? I'm glad you went and enjoyed!

Jess said...

That's exactly it Stacey. It was definitely the peer pressure that kept me going and motivated. Guess it wasn't such a bad thing after all ;) Good job to you on your classes as well!

Celia Maciomhair said...

I’m glad that you loved your first Zumba experience! And I do hope that you are still doing this fun fitness/dance activity! One cool fact about this fitness activity is that it was invented through a happy accident when instructor Alberto Perez forgot his aerobics music and decided to use a variety of salsa and meringue music on his backpack. The people loved it, and soon it became a sensation. Well, I’m thankful that it happened, and now we can enjoy this cool way of getting in shape! I think you did enjoy it too!