Zumba Jitters

12 Jul

If you’ve read the blog somewhat frequently, you might know that my Tuesday night Hip Hop dance class is my ritual.

You might also know that I make a frequent habit of having a bad class. I dance basic level at a studio, but apparently in the dance world “basic” doesn’t mean easy; it just means “slightly slower-paced than Beginner. G’luck.”

I like the challenge, but sometimes it feels stressful. And I already have work and moving and all that good junk to do the stress thing for me.

So for this week I traded my typical Tuesday popping locking & dropping for something a little more… approachable?

Fact is, I’ve been mulling over the Zumba thing for a while. Tuesday night, I took the plunge!

Pros

Calorie burnfest. I certainly didn’t wear a heart monitor or anything, but I’ve read multiple reports of Zumba-goers burning 400-800 calories per session. And me & my drenched-in-sweat-self believed it. All while dancing around to some Shakira? Sign me up!

Many dance-y funktown moves. I have been known to bust a mean chest pop or hip shake in my day. These parts of the choreography I embraced with sassy zeal.

All ages & experience levels welcome. Ages ranged from 25-65 in my class last night. Very different than the exclusively 20-something demographic I’m used to in Basic Hip Hop.

Nice mix between easy to follow & challenging combinations. There’s a brief pause after each song combo, so you can quickly catch your breath and grab some agua. Just when you get comfortable, it gets fast and exhilarating again.

The accessories!! Because Zumba is kind of a giant Latin party lovefest, there are hoards of fun apparel choices to rock out with while you shake it.

Cons:

Cheese city, at times. You’re really going to have to get over yourself if you want to get anything out of this except besides a wounded pride. Yes, much of the party is a hip shaking good time, but other parts are very much jump-and-clap; kind of a modern day Jazzercise if you will. Who cares if you feel like you belong in a bad American Idol audition at certain points when you’re not feeling the choreography? It only feels worse with self-consciousness.

Varies depending upon instructor. Seems like there is a lot of creative freedom in the choreography department, so I’m sensing it might take a bit of searching around and class sampling to determine which instructor best fits my personal taste.

I really can’t think of any other drawbacks. Once I was 15 minutes in I had a sweaty helluva time, and I think I’ll try some more classes with different instructors to find out whether this is something I’d like to add into my regular rotation! While I really missed the challenge of a full Hip Hop routine, the light-heartedness of a dancey good workout was just what I needed.

Have you ever tried Zumba? Yay or Nay to the dance cardio? Anyone try any new classes or routines outside their comfort zones recently?

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4 Responses to “Zumba Jitters”

  1. John July 12, 2012 at 10:03 am #

    A couple of weeks ago I tried my first spin class – I’m usually exclusive to the weights routine, so it was actually a lot of fun (despite the waterfall of sweat) to try something completely different from picking up a heavy bar and lifting it. Definitely going to try to keep those ‘change it up’ routines in my back pocket for those situations where I am in a lull after lifting for a few months.

  2. Fit and Savvy (@savvyfoodies) July 13, 2012 at 12:06 pm #

    I LOVE this post!! I was cracking up šŸ˜‰

    I’ve been enjoying Zumba for a year now. I did wear a heart monitor, once, and I burned over 600 calories. It’s a great way to just let go and enjoy the ride. The time goes by so fast and it doesn’t even feel like a workout, which I love. Sometimes I wish they had nachos and marg offerings after class, but I know this would be counter productive.

    My mother-in-law does water Zumba once a week, it’s her favorite.

    • Steph @ Upbeat Eats July 16, 2012 at 7:55 am #

      Thanks girl! I could definitely go for margs and nachos post class, I’m with ya šŸ˜‰

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