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I’ll Try Anything… Twice (Zumba!)

March 21 2012 | CeCe Olisa

Whenever I get comments/tweets/facebook messages from you guys, I read them and take them into consideration. For the longest time a few of you have been telling me to try Zumba… so I did!

My gym has multiple locations around Manhattan and the gym near my apartment offers a Zumba class on Saturday mornings, so I took it a few months ago. The class was full and the teacher was cool. Based on what everyone had said to me about Zumba, I was prepared to leave the class panting, but that was not the case. 30 minutes into the class I hadn’t even broken a sweat.

“Maybe it’s because you’re a dancer,” one of my girlfriends suggested. “You trained in tap, jazz and hip hop for so long… maybe its just not challenging for you?”

I wrote Zumba off as overrated.

Then 2 weeks ago, I was working out at a different gym location and I caught a glimpse of another Zumba class with a completely different teacher. That class looked HARD! so I made a note to give Zumba a second chance. Last weekend, I took my second Zumba class and Oh. My. Gosh! I got the best workout ever! (aside from the pooting)

I loved that it was constant movement for the entire class. When I take traditional dance classes we spend 20-30 minutes learning the routine and that doesn’t elevate my heart rate as much as I’d like. Because of the way Zumba works, there’s no time to slow down… I love that!

I guess my first Zumba experience was with a low-level instructor or something… because my second Zumba class has me hooked! As a matter of fact, I’m going to take a class tonight!

P.S. I lost 1 pound this week…

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49 responses on “I’ll Try Anything… Twice (Zumba!)

  1. Karen

    I’ve been dancing for years and I love Zumba. I use the DVDs at home because I’m too lazy and cheap to drive to a town for a class and the music is so much better than most of the ones that I’ve used. Kukuwa is also a great fun one to use at home.

  2. Karen

    I’ve been dancing for years and I love Zumba. I use the DVDs at home because I’m too lazy and cheap to drive to a town for a class and the music is so much better than most of the ones that I’ve used. Kukuwa is also a great fun one to use at home.

  3. mirabilisfashions@gmail.com

    I’ve been dancing for years and I love Zumba. I use the DVDs at home because I’m too lazy and cheap to drive to a town for a class and the music is so much better than most of the ones that I’ve used. Kukuwa is also a great fun one to use at home.

  4. mirabilisfashions@gmail.com

    I’ve been dancing for years and I love Zumba. I use the DVDs at home because I’m too lazy and cheap to drive to a town for a class and the music is so much better than most of the ones that I’ve used. Kukuwa is also a great fun one to use at home.

  5. Molivinlarge

    I tried Zumba several weeks ago. I understand the appeal and did find it enjoyable, but I think I would’ve found your first teacher more my speed. I was so utterly lost in the class I tried that I haven’t gone back. And no one seems to have “beginner” or “low level intensity” to start off, which I’d really like, because by the time I figured out what the move I’m supposed to be doing is, they’ve already moved on to the next!

    1. Anonymous

      Hey Miss!

      I feel like Zumba is an “all or nothing” type thing in some ways… so it does require a specific focus. I’ve heard of Zumba “levels” in some gyms but have no idea how to find them… I also think some teachers recycle their dances so if you go regularly, you know what’s coming. It is tricky though… I understand completely why you didn’t go back.

  6. Molivinlarge

    I tried Zumba several weeks ago. I understand the appeal and did find it enjoyable, but I think I would’ve found your first teacher more my speed. I was so utterly lost in the class I tried that I haven’t gone back. And no one seems to have “beginner” or “low level intensity” to start off, which I’d really like, because by the time I figured out what the move I’m supposed to be doing is, they’ve already moved on to the next!

    1. thebiggirlblog

      Hey Miss!

      I feel like Zumba is an “all or nothing” type thing in some ways… so it does require a specific focus. I’ve heard of Zumba “levels” in some gyms but have no idea how to find them… I also think some teachers recycle their dances so if you go regularly, you know what’s coming. It is tricky though… I understand completely why you didn’t go back.

  7. molivinlarge@yahoo.com

    I tried Zumba several weeks ago. I understand the appeal and did find it enjoyable, but I think I would’ve found your first teacher more my speed. I was so utterly lost in the class I tried that I haven’t gone back. And no one seems to have “beginner” or “low level intensity” to start off, which I’d really like, because by the time I figured out what the move I’m supposed to be doing is, they’ve already moved on to the next!

    1. cece@thebiggirlblog.com

      Hey Miss!
      I feel like Zumba is an “all or nothing” type thing in some ways… so it does require a specific focus. I’ve heard of Zumba “levels” in some gyms but have no idea how to find them… I also think some teachers recycle their dances so if you go regularly, you know what’s coming. It is tricky though… I understand completely why you didn’t go back.

  8. molivinlarge@yahoo.com

    I tried Zumba several weeks ago. I understand the appeal and did find it enjoyable, but I think I would’ve found your first teacher more my speed. I was so utterly lost in the class I tried that I haven’t gone back. And no one seems to have “beginner” or “low level intensity” to start off, which I’d really like, because by the time I figured out what the move I’m supposed to be doing is, they’ve already moved on to the next!

  9. Curvy, Cute and Christian

    I LOVE my Zumba class! I now go twice a week and we stay moving pretty much the whole time. I would recommend it to anyone who loves to dance and wants to get a great workout. I agree that you have to find a class instructor that you like because that is the key to enjoying the class! Congrats on the 1 lb loss!!

    P.S. Someone ALWAYS POOTS in my class. ALWAYS! I don’t get it. You can leave the class at any time for water breaks or whatever. Pooters, please leave the class before you poot because it is always so difficult for me to contain my facial expressions when it occurs. My lungs thank you in advance!

  10. Curvy, Cute and Christian

    I LOVE my Zumba class! I now go twice a week and we stay moving pretty much the whole time. I would recommend it to anyone who loves to dance and wants to get a great workout. I agree that you have to find a class instructor that you like because that is the key to enjoying the class! Congrats on the 1 lb loss!!

    P.S. Someone ALWAYS POOTS in my class. ALWAYS! I don’t get it. You can leave the class at any time for water breaks or whatever. Pooters, please leave the class before you poot because it is always so difficult for me to contain my facial expressions when it occurs. My lungs thank you in advance!

  11. curvycuteandchristian10@gmail.com

    I LOVE my Zumba class! I now go twice a week and we stay moving pretty much the whole time. I would recommend it to anyone who loves to dance and wants to get a great workout. I agree that you have to find a class instructor that you like because that is the key to enjoying the class! Congrats on the 1 lb loss!!
    P.S. Someone ALWAYS POOTS in my class. ALWAYS! I don’t get it. You can leave the class at any time for water breaks or whatever. Pooters, please leave the class before you poot because it is always so difficult for me to contain my facial expressions when it occurs. My lungs thank you in advance!

  12. curvycuteandchristian10@gmail.com

    I LOVE my Zumba class! I now go twice a week and we stay moving pretty much the whole time. I would recommend it to anyone who loves to dance and wants to get a great workout. I agree that you have to find a class instructor that you like because that is the key to enjoying the class! Congrats on the 1 lb loss!!
    P.S. Someone ALWAYS POOTS in my class. ALWAYS! I don’t get it. You can leave the class at any time for water breaks or whatever. Pooters, please leave the class before you poot because it is always so difficult for me to contain my facial expressions when it occurs. My lungs thank you in advance!

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