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- While Zumba’s supposed to be a dance-inspired workout that’s friendly to the mainstream crowd, I definitely feel that the “dancer-types” or wannabe “dancer-types” will get the most enjoyment and benefit from it.
- It helps to have a great teacher and awesome music. Both of which I had and, for me, it made the class. Those two features made it fun enough that I would do it again. You rock, Tammy!
- Don’t be afraid to loosen those hips! Once I warmed up and got used to the feel of the movements, I relaxed and my shimmies really heated up! I ain’t saying it was ever pretty, but I felt ever so slightly more adept.
- Make sure you whoop and holler at regular intervals. This does two things: 1) It helps you convince yourself that you are enjoying every minute of feeling like an elephant among gazelles and, 2) it helps convince the teacher that you don’t blame her at all that you’re usually moving in the opposite direction and a half beat behind everyone else.
- You do want a supportive shoe (we did some stomping and hopping) but choose a pair with the least amount of traction because you do plenty of twisting, pivoting and gliding as well. I wore my running shoes to the class and my left knee started talking to me during the class and kept grumbling discontentedly the rest of the day. But 24 hours later, it was fine.