Zumba. Or, how I get away with shaking my booty in public without being labeled a hoochie mama.

It’s official… I am a gym member, and for the first time in my life!  Thanks to the influence of Natali, I joined up at a local women’s gym and am already addicted to a workout class they offer — Zumba. Anyone heard of it? Anyone done it? ANYONE AS ADDICTED AS I AM?

No, I’m serious. If you Google it ahead of time as I did, you will die laughing, but it really is the best workout I’ve ever had and such a ball. It’s kind of a mix of salsa, belly dancing, and kickboxing set to catchy music, and when done for an hour you’re supposed to burn somewhere around 700 calories. Crazy, right?

On Friday night, Natali and I attended a benefit for the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society, where close to 100 of us danced for about 2 hours. For someone who hasn’t done much working out since… well, EVER, I was dying. But according to Nat’s weight watcher calculations, we burned about 1,200 calories, so I will definitely say the soreness and pools of sweat were worth it!

zumba teachers
All our crazy/awesome instructors, with miss Rosa in the center.

12 thoughts on “Zumba. Or, how I get away with shaking my booty in public without being labeled a hoochie mama.

  1. oh my goodness. I used to go to a gym that offered it and I LOVED it! I had so much fun. But it did get a little uncomfortable when people would stop and stare at us through the glass door.

    It is a great workout. Have fun.

  2. I have DEFINITELY heard of Zumba! … I’ve never tried it, mostly because I’ve never really been into exercising (whoops), but that’s one of the first things I’d try if I did. I’ve seen the dancing and it looks fun!

  3. Ahhhh, I forgot to ask you about that! Well I guess I know now :) Good thing I just canceled my gym membership ;) You goooooo grrrllll.

  4. I love your post.. and by the way for those who dont like to excercise this is the perfect fit for you… if you like to dance and party this is it!!! give it a try…

  5. i have heard of it and been wanting to try it out at our downtown park which has these classes for free. i will have to make extra efforts to try and make it.

    thanks for your comment!


  6. I’m glad you’re loving it! I don’t know if I could ever muster up the courage to go; my coordination is horrible. It wouldn’t even be a hot mess. It would be a plain old mess.

    p.s. I want to see a video of you guys! ;)

  7. I’ve been hearing a lot about Zumba lately from other friends. Nothing but all good positive things about it and it looks like a lot of fun! I’d probably have to try Zumba by myself with youtube videos – I don’t know if I could ever go do it with others, haha.

  8. I have become a Zumba junkie this summer. I go twice a week and LOVE it! It is so much fun. Even with going to classes for a few months, you still could not say I can dance. ;) My instructor is this tiny woman originally from Panama and she can naturally do moves that my poor white body will never be able to do!

  9. Ive heard SO much about Zumba but didn’t know they offered classes here in town!
    I am so uncoordinated and would prob make a fool of myself but it MUST be fun!!

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