Zumba – A Few Thoughts

For my 43 this morning, I did a running row.  This move worked many parts of my body – back, biceps, triceps, quads and core!!!

Start by standing on your left leg with your left arm extended in front, right knee up and your right arm pulled back –


(I used a 5 pound dumbbell in my right hand.)  From the start position, hinge forward from the waist and push right leg straight back while extending your right arm –

right arm & leg extended
right arm & leg extended

Repeat this move in a nice fluid motion – I did have a few balance checks before I reached 43.  And of course, after I finished the right side, I had to get my left side.

ready for the left side
ready for the left side

I like combo moves because I feel like I get so much out of them!!!

I taught a 6 am boot camp class and then it was time for Insanity Asylum – Vertical Plyo.  This one might be my least favorite because it has SO MUCH jumping!!!  But, I will keep doing it and maybe one day it will be easier!!  I decided to go ahead and double up the Insanity workouts today so I also did Relief.  My new favorite – 25 minutes of stretching!!!  This definitely felt good after the past few days of workouts!!!

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So, last night I finally got up the nerve to try Zumba.  I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned on here, but I have less than zero rhythm!!!  And, my hips don’t roll, sway, swivel or any of the other moves that tend to be part of Zumba.

But, I tried it!!!  Pretty sure I looked sort of like this for the entire hour – Screen shot 2013-06-05 at 8.47.12 AMI placed myself over to one side of the room (fortunately I was near 3 ladies that were very fun and NICE) and kept my eyes on the instructor (a friend of mine who happens to ROCK at Zumba!!) the entire time.

During some of the hip moves I just sort of did my own thing because I do not have near enough coordination for hip rolls.

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Um….not so much here!!!

And, there was a lot of this – Screen shot 2013-06-05 at 8.57.52 AMI can only imagine what the people on the treadmills (they can see into the room) think while we are doing this?!  

Oh, and if you have never done Zumba, it is different from other aerobic type classes in that there is very little cuing.  I had to really pay attention cause I did not want to be the only one thrusting my pelvic while everyone else was sambaing or mambaing or whatever those steps are called!!!

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So, even though I didn’t know the routine and couldn’t move the way some people can, I thought it was a fun workout!!  The hour went quickly and I worked up a good sweat! I’m trying to force myself to occasionally get out of my comfort zone and try new things – and this definitely counts!!!  

I am planning to go back next week – gotta give it a few tries!!!!

Have you tried Zumba?  What are your thoughts?

Happy Wednesday!!


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