In case any of you don’t know what Zumba is, Wikipedia describes it as:
Zumba involves dance and aerobic elements. Zumba's choreography incorporates hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue, mambo, martial arts, and some bollywood and belly dance moves. Squats and lunges are also included(Oh yeah, this has Auntie written all over it. J)
Fast forward to a few months ago. I’m on the upstairs walking track at the gym and notice that a few ladies from my church were dropping it like it’s hot in the Zumba class downstairs. So, me being who I am, I started heckling them. And because we’re all silly, they heckled me back. Over the weeks, they tried to convince me that I would love Zumba and I tried to convince them that they were CRAZY. Oh, but it looks like such fun and they TOLD me the instructor would be different from the one I’d dealt with earlier. So, this Monday, I gave in. Oh, (insert expletive of choice here)!
OK, to be fair, the instructor was slightly different from the other one. She was friendly, she did face us and she did call out what move was next (even though I couldn’t understand her). However, that’s about the only positive things I can say about my experience. She didn’t explain any of the moves ahead of time, or at the least slow them down for the newbies (O.K. me). It was an hour of me marching in place and turning in the direction I saw everyone else was already in (insert another expletive here). No matter how hard I tried, I could not follow her (or anyone else for that matter). I was literally in tears by the time it was over. My friends felt bad, but it’s not their fault. Unless someone can point me to a good Zumba DVD or the instructor has a “short bus” version of this class, this workout is a NO!
Zumba 1, Auntie 0.