Benefits of Movement, Personal Stories, Scheduling Notices

Do You Get the Mid Week Blues?

Never fear! Zumba Basics is HERE!!! 🙂

Okay, yes. I do get quite excited about this.

Here is why….many years ago now (before I found Zumba) I used to find Tuesdays to be a very long day and by the time Wednesday rolled around, I would be feeling super tired and wishing for the weekend….since discovering the great world of Zumba AND doing a Zumba class every wednesday, my energy to kick it through the week has been AMAZING!

I personally just want everyone to have amazing days and incredible weeks and now that we have moved into this uber cool spot of High Park Brewery, it has made it even MORE FUN (if that was even possible)!!

This location is especially great for those who have friends or family who want to join you but may or may not want to actually do the class for now.  They can come, sit on the patio or inside, enjoy a cold pint or soda, listen to the music and pick up on the energy whether they are doing the class or not! Pretty cool!

You get to do your fitness class AND spend time with those you care about! OR, if you just need a night away from everyone, this is just a really awesome place to get your groove on with some pretty spectacular ladies!!

SEE YOU SOON!!!

Here are the Deets:

Wednesdays @ 6:45pm  High Park Brewery (839 Runnymede Road)

Come a few minutes early to get signed in!

Cost: $20 gets you the class & a ticket for a pint of beer or soda after class!

Wear comfy clothes you don’t mind sweating in! 🙂 And Runners are a must!

Bring a reusable water bottle (We got lots so you can keep filling up!)

Be ready to have fun and let loose!

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Benefits of Movement, Health & Well Being, Personal Stories

Zumba is so much fun!

If you are someone who goes to the gym and counts the minutes until your workout is over…it may be time for you to try something different.

I was there once too…

I used to go to the gym and get on a treadmill and within 4 minutes (and I may be stretching that a little to make it seem like I really gave it all I had to make it to 5 minutes…) all I could think of was how long I had to keep doing this to reach the end.

Sound familiar?

Don’t get me wrong.  The gym can be GREAT! Some people really love it and I encourage my clients to switch it up and go if it inspires them. Trying different things can keep you from plateauing in your workouts.

When I found Zumba, my first reaction to the video I watched was “This is AMAZING!! I wanna do this!”

When I found my first class and went my first reaction was (tons of laughter from me) and “What the heck am I doing? I must look like a clown right now!”

The difference between yoga classes and Zumba classes (besides the obvious differences) is this…when you laugh and can’t stop in Zumba..it is fun and contagious….when you laugh and can’t stop in yoga…they kick you out…

I learned that one on my own too

(hence why I also teach Laughter Yoga…Kinda more my style)

After taking a few Zumba classes (started out with one a week), I began to know the moves a little more and fell in love with music and how FAST the class went.  I felt like I just stepped into class and suddenly we were at the cooldown.

BAM!

Just like that I was sweaty, relaxed and DONE my workout!! Felt so good!!

Each week came with more moves, new rhythms and then this class called Zumba Toning started and class was different but still as much fun as regular Zumba.  Then came Zumba Senato!!

What??!! All this from the Zumba Family??

The great part was that this class gave me a new way to continue doing what I loved and a new way to work my muscles so I didn’t plateau in my workouts.

WIN WIN AGAIN!!! THANK YOU ZUMBA FITNESS!

Fast forward to 10 years now…2 years as a student and coming up 8 years teaching.

People often as me “Is Zumba just a fad?”

Honestly, I don’t know…I have been doing it for a decade now and I am not bored and have no interest in quitting. I love it. It is passion. It is play. It is sweaty fun with an AMAZING community of people! I cannot imagine going back to anything else.

I think there are quite a few people out there, just like me, that a decade has passed and we are all wondering where the time went because it is just that AWESOME and easy to get hooked doing it!

Hope you come have some laughs, sweat and groove moves with us all soon! It is NEVER too late to start!

Much love,

Tammy (Your friendly neighborhood Zumba Instructor)shake it till you make it-1

 

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2017 is HERE! Let’s DANCE!

This is YOUR year!

No kidding…really….it is YOURS! Whatever you make it to be it will be! Try something new. Take chances. Play full-out!

I am so excited to kick off this years Zumba classes all over the city!  Many people have been requesting me to come to your schools and work places to have classes and it is just awesome! LOVE getting students moving and adults at the end of a work day moving… YOU worked hard and so now….LET’S DANCE!

Here is this quarters AWESOME ZUMBA SCHEDULE!!!

Mondays       ZUMBA BASICS           4:00pm    112 Lippincott Ave (King Edward Public School)                                                                                                      **Starts January 9, 2017

Tuesdays       ZUMBA SENTAO           7:00pm    2352 St. Clair Ave W.       **ON NOW!!

Wednesdays ZUMBA BASICS            6:45pm    2352 St. Clair Ave W.       **ON NOW!!

Thursdays     ZUMBA CORE                4:30pm    80 Sheppard Ave E.  **Starts Jan. 12, 2017

Thursdays     ZUMBA HARD CORE    7:00pm    2352 St. Clair Ave W.       **ON NOW!!

Fridays           ZUMBA CORE                9:30am    2352 St. Clair Ave W.       **ON NOW!!

Saturdays      AQUA ZUMBA               9:00am   One Health Clubs Mississauga                                                                                                                      **Returns Feb. 1, 2017 Pool repairs

All classes at 2352 St. Clair Avenue West have a FIRST CLASS FREE POLICY! You have NOTHING to lose, except stress and sweat! 🙂

The sales on for January are CRAZY AWESOME so be sure to connect with us and come try it out!  SEE YOU SOON!!!

Benefits of Movement, Health & Well Being, Personal Stories

Finding Joy In Your Life

Believe it or not before I found dance again in my life, I was quite an unhappy person.

The discovery of zumba fitness, for me, was like the opportunity to go around the world in 60 minutes without having to pay for an “around the world” trip!  The music takes us to places you may never have visited but always wanted to.  The steps are easy to follow so I was not trying to be a part of the National Ballet or anything in competition.

I could move, get lost in the music and what I didn’t realize at the time was how healthy that would be for my mind.  I had it like I was doing this because I wanted to get into shape. What I came out of it with was a smile on my face every time and not one that I had to push myself to do. I was just naturally happier than I had ever been!

I was researching today some of the benefits to dancing and found this on the Prevention.com site about a study that was conducted:

Swedish researchers, writing in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, studied 112 teenage girls who were struggling with problems including neck and back pain, stress, anxiety, and depression. Half of the girls attended weekly dance classes, while the other half didn’t. The results? The girls who took the dance classes improved their mental health and reported a boost in mood—positive effects that lasted up to eight months after the classes ended.

“According to these results, despite problems such as stress and other potential challenges in being an adolescent girl, dance can result in high adherence and a positive experience for the participants,” says lead study author Anna Dubert, of Sweden’s Center for Health Care Sciences, in a press release. “[This] might contribute to sustained new healthy habits.”  (taken from prevention.com site)

This is the result that was shown in teens.  Now imagine, you as an adult, the results that it can produce.

Dancing is not only about movement but the music can literally have your mind clear which can be one of the biggest parts of the battle when you are grumpy or upset about something.

If you are having a bad day I request you do not go home and indulge in it….get yourself to a fitness class STAT! Do not listen to the negative thoughts you are having.

No matter how terrible you are feeling in the moment….put on your work out clothes, strap on your shoes and get yourself to the nearest class.  If you are still struggling to get yourself out of the house, take an emergency dance break in your house….crank up the radio, your ipod with your favorite song and dance like nobody is watching! It’s like calling 9-1-1 for your soul!

Your body and mind will thank you for it.

 

 

Benefits of Movement

Managing Stress With Fitness

Have you ever noticed that when you are stressed out that sitting down and thinking about everything just makes it worse?

Movement, in any form, can shift what is happening in the body quickly and efficiently.  I speak from experience.  In my early 20’s I was dealing with a lot of stress. Marriage falling apart, job changes, bills, unsure where I wanted to do with my life.  I got very stressed out and depressed.  I went to see my medical doctor and her answer was for me to take a pill to make me happy again.

In some cases, this may be a good solution. For myself, I wasn’t comfortable going down that route and wanted to try other more natural solutions first.  I turned to fitness and vitamins.  In the beginning I would walk on the treadmill for hours.  Then after a while I began running.

Within a year I had lost 50 lbs and my stress and anxiety was under control. I used my body as a tool to release its own “happy pill” of healthy endorphins.  Now, as a zumba instructor, I still from time to time deal with anxiety and stress however my outlet now is to dance. 60 minutes on the floor and everything shifts. Actually it shifts about 5 minutes after the music comes on! Such a relief!

Physical fitness is so good for you in more ways than just losing weight. Physical fitness provides relief to people dealing with mental and emotional issues as well.  Whether you have been prescribed something or not, I highly recommend that you find a fitness that you love to do and implement it into your daily living. Even on the days you “don’t wanna” do it….DO IT! Your body mind and spirit will thank you for it everyday!

Don’t stress….we have regular zumba classes each week and we are waiting for you. RSVP here to hold your spot and/or inquire about our schedule!

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There Is Always A Choice With Fitness!

In life, we always have choices….even when there is only one option in front of us…instead of saying that is not fair…we can choose whatever that one option is and because you choose it, you have power.

The great part about choice in fitness is that there are lots of choices out there when it comes to styles and instructor or trainers.  Fitness gives you options and exhilaration in soooo many ways!

Maybe you like running, swimming, cycling, dancing, squash, skating, high jump, long jump, volleyball, basketball, football, pilates, yoga, tennis, horseback riding, kickboxing, martial arts, stretching, gymnastics, soccer, mountain climbing, laughter yoga, and the list goes on.

My point is, you cannot say that you cannot find something to suit you in fitness. There are so many choices. I invite you to try many different styles of fitness and when you find the one or two that you love to do, stick with it (them) and add it to your schedule as a part of taking care of you.

Physical activity not only supports you physically. It supports you emotionally and mentally as well. When you are active your body is releasing healthy endorphins that give you that “good all over” kind of feeling.

Also, when you try something and you didn’t like it or weren’t comfortable, consider taking the class with a different instructor. It’s not personal, just sometimes you may see that you like the activity but struggle with the instructor in the way they teach.  Everybody is different, otherwise we would be robots and quite frankly, I do not want a robot teaching me to dance!

Ask questions, let yourself take on an activity full-out! See what shows up and be amazed at how awesome you really are!

The only limit in your life is the limit you put on yourself! BE LIMITLESS! 🙂

Want to try zumba? First Class Free….email me below.

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Children’s Palace Location New Sign!

Zumba classes at the Children’s Palace location will be much easier to spot in the week’s to come!  This new banner will show people where we are and how to reach us!

Thanks to my clients for your continued support and feedback to making our classes FUN and RECOGNIZABLE in the neighborhood!

LET’S DANCE!

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