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.
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.
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!
Tammy (Your friendly neighborhood Zumba Instructor)