Monday, June 29, 2009

Moving My Backside - Zumba Style

Just hopped out of the shower -- fresh and clean after my first zumba class. Step-mommy (S-M) asked me to try this exercise class that is a mixture of Latin dance and aerobic moves. The plan was to try the free class before committing...

We arrived early and tried our best to look athletic as we warmed up. People started arriving and S-M pointed out nervously that everyone seemed to have towels with them. That should have been our first clue ....

The Latin music started and the instructors bounced on stage with advice to the newcomers -- try your best to follow along -- just keep moving. Then, with a hoot and a holler, the class was underway. A flurry of foot steps, sweat, frenzied hip thrusts and rhythmic arm movements - between gasps for air and desperate gulps of water - and the hour came and went. It was a little like being on a roller coaster - not strapped in, and we were along for the wild ride. The mostly 40+ ladies were having a ball - swinging and jiggling those hips with wild abandon and hooting out encouraging cheers to us newcomers (the ones with bewildered, panicked expressions and walking alot on the spot).

S-M and I agreed that zumba was great exercise - more fun than running on a treadmill or going to the gym. So we'll be back again -- next time -- with a towel!

And Hubby, I didn't break anything!

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