Knowing I typically go to a Zumba® class about once a week, it’s become a pretty common occurrence for people to ask me for tips. Now I can just point people to this link. And people say I’m not lazy! (Those people should talk to Mark and he’ll be happy to set ‘em straight, I’m sure!) Without further ado, here they are:
- Relax 🙂
- Just keep moving
- Feel free to laugh at yourself. No one gets it right immediately
- Everyone’s moves look different so don’t feel like you’re doing it “wrong.” At Zumba parties, all the instructors look a little different, so we’re allowed to too =) (And by the bye, the Melrose YMCA has the BEST Zumba parties, in case you’re in the Boston area.)
- Accentuate each move. If you’re reaching, reach. If you’re squatting, squat low. Your body will get more out of the class this way.
- Don’t be fooled into thinking you can eat more because you went to Zumba. (At about 120 pounds, I only earn about 2 PointsPlus® per 1-hour Zumba class)
- Have fun already!
And one more thing, if you’re on the fence, it’s probably ‘cause you’re afraid of feeling ‘stupid,’ ‘awkward,’ etc. Trust me, no one is looking at you. Everyone’s far too busy admiring their sexy selves =)
Hope this helps!
Keep your eyes peeled: favorite Zumba songs to follow shortly—it’s really hard to find out a Latin song’s name sometimes! Also, a review of my first Aqua Zumba class, taught by Mary at, you guessed it, the Melrose Y.
Where can you Zumba?
Most gyms offer a number of Zumba classes a week, plus there are many studios around the world dedicated exclusively to Zumba. Just Google “Zumba + [your zip code]” 🙂
Also, many companies have started offering Zumba classes immediately prior to opening in the morning, during lunch, or immediately after closing. Ask your employer to provide this as an employee benefit and you won’t even have to drive to the gym! To those employers who already provide this, like Intermed, thank you!
Many public libraries are starting to host Zumba classes as well, typically for just $5 a class. If you go once a week, that’s about half the price of most gym memberships.
Want to learn more about Zumba? Here are some resources:
‘Aqua Zumba: Fitness In The Water?’ Huffington Post