Zumba Fitness - The Guy In The Green Shorts (23 Mar)
As they say, ‘The rest is history!” – my story about Zumba fitness
What did Zumba fitness do for me…
There seems to be a story behind everything and here is the story about Zumba fitness.
Knowing that I needed to burn more Calories in a day than what I put in made me realise that Cardio was the solution. I would be in the gym everyday for about 2-3hrs. 1st session at 5am and the 2nd in the evening after work. I would usually do my cardio in the morning and my weight training in the evening but sometimes I would change it around. In the beginning it was a rule to do it in the morning when I was the lightest before breakfast.
I personally love the treadmill, don’t really like the bicycle or the stepper or the rowing machine but I would force myself to do 20min on the treadmill, 20min on the bike and another 20min on the rowing machine or the stepper. I started to get bored very quickly. On the days that I knew I would only have an hour of training I would do 20min of the treadmill and 40min in weight training but I would use my weight training as a cardio workout. I would use lighter weights and faster repetitions and add a 4th set to my training.
Once I realised I was bored of the treadmill and other cardio equipment I decided I needed to do something….The gym offers classes so why not do them…they would add to my fitness too. I did Katabox classes and loved them. High energy and a major sweat, I love sweating in the gym as it makes me feel like I am doing something. My friend who teaches spinning classes told me about the Zumba classes that were new to the gym and I decided to go. I HATED every second of it. Each instructor is different in the way they teach and I realised the ‘sweat’ was not enough for me. The beauty behind Zumba is that we all teach differently and we all have a different approach and different dance background. I came to realise that I love the music and the vibe.
None the less, I decided to go to a dance class at a different gym, I was standing at the back, as one does, in the corner. She welcomed everyone, introduced herself and said “hope you enjoy your hour of Zumba fitness”. I looked around for the door and plotted how to get out. I know it is rude to leave and I couldn’t get out fast enough. Alas, I did not leave, I argued with myself that I have come to sweat and if I do not stay in this class i will need to say hello to the treadmill.
I stayed, I sweated and I LOVED IT!!! It was amazing…the music was great, the steps are easy and the vibe in the class was electric. I went back again and again.
One day I heard the instructor talking to a member of the gym out the corner of my ear…”You can also become a Zumba instructor”, as I have previously said, do not be shy, ask questions to anyone and everyone that you can.
I became an instructor and as they say…”The rest is history!”
I remember the day the gym called me looking for an instructor, I agreed to come teach, my nerves were shattered. I needed to use a microphone, which I never have – I don’t know how to plug it in, let alone switch it on and use it. I turned on the music and it filled me with joy, it was the most fun I had had in a long time, I let everything go and danced and danced, my class had a great time.
All in all, I was pretty selfish about becoming an instructor, I thought to myself that I will be forced to do an hour of cardio, if I wanted to or not, and the bonus was to be paid for doing it (Not much ill add – but it wasn’t for the money). Things changed the day a member came up to me and said that she has lost 3kg’s after doing my class every week for a couple of months, from that day on, my focus had shifted and has become being about others and not just myself. If others can achieve their goals and have a fun time doing it with me in my Zumba fitness classes, it just expands my heart and soul, and makes me happy to know. I once had a goal and it took a lot of hard work and discipline, but I got there so I know that you can too.
It’s great to dream, but make your dreams a reality and live your dream….
Don’t focus on the steps but rather concentrate on moving and keeping the body in motion. You are working out your entire body and increasing or decreasing your heart rate to accelerate your calorie burn in your session.
2. Just have fun
Keeping the above in mind, just have fun. You are not meant to think about the workout but rather feel the music and move with the music