Friday, March 26, 2010

I'm In Love!

Well I finally did it. I took my first Zumba class.... and I have fallen in love with this fast-paced aerobic fitness routine that combines Latin and International music and has been popular in the U.S. since 2001. I was joined by five other friends including my mom and sister, who had never taken a Zumba class before and I have to say it was somewhat comforting knowing I would not be the only person in the room flailing my arms around and tripping over my own feet. No offense, my friends! Good thing the back row was open for us beginners!

Music is definitely the key element in Zumba. The pulsating music is designed with specific beats and tempo changes and the combination of salsa, belly dancing, tango, hip hop and many other forms of Latin dancing, targets every muscle group in your entire body! According to Wikipedia, the Zumba workout provides fitness benefits because its routines feature interval training sessions with fast and slow rhythms and resistance training, which are intended to tone and sculpt the body while burning fat.

After this hour-long workout, in which I burned off 500 calories, using muscles I never knew existed, grinding like I've never grinded before and pulsating like I was in a  low budget porn movie, I need a bottle of Advil I am ready for more! Seriously though, I think I lost my hips. I believe they fell off somewhere on the Zumba floor!

Now if you'll excuse me, I need some ice cream to go along with my ice packs and ibuprofin! 

To get and idea of the music and Zumba dance moves, click here.


quilly said...

I'd be lucky to last 5 minutes. Medic!

Janis said...

OMG I loved it also...soooo much fun..Always loved to dance....It does give you a workout like no other. This morning my core is still sore but worth it. Can't wait until next weeks class.

Thena said...

I just have one question. Where's the pictures? LOL
Have a blessed weekend!!!

These Nine Acres said...

Oh my gosh...I am so uncoordinated they would laugh me right off the dance floor!

Faye said...

Good woman! Mom too. There's a zumba class that goes on upstairs in the pilates studio where I work out. The ceiling is just thumping. Wish I could afford that in addition to pilates.

You look great in your new profile pic. Are those curls your own or salon made? Love them.

Hula Girl at Heart said...

Any class that causes you to lose your hips in the first hour is tops in my book. Sounds like fun!

Tracy said...

Yes, it was a lot of fun especially since we were in the back row and had full view of the only man in the class. Poor guy...or maybe he would consider himself a lucky guy?

Heather said...

I've been hearing all kinds of people talk about Zumba. Glad to have a description of it finally. It's always good to find a workout that is both fun and wears you out!

janet said...

Those just started in our area, but I was prego and couldn't do it. Can't wait to try it.

Loved your description of it too! Bring on the Advil!!! lol


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