Tuesday, March 9, 2010


Last week an email came around announcing that Castleton (my new college!) would be hosting FREE Zumba classes in our gymnasium twice a week until spring break. I had previously heard of this new dance/aerobic craze that's taken over the nation and decided I HAD to attend to see what it was all about. I walked over to the gym about five minutes before this class was supposed to start and the gym was full of college girls, faculty and staff members, and some older women from the Castleton community. I was excited to see such a wide range of women ready to participate in this class together!

Then our very energetic teacher walked to the front of the gym and began explaining what Zumba is. According the the article on Wikipedia, Zumba is an aerobic fitness program that originated in Colombia in the 1990s and as of 2009 is taught by some 20,000 instructors in 35 countries. Classes use music based on salsa, merengue, cumbia, reggaeton, calypso, soca, samba, African, cha cha, hip hop and other music.

Once I got over the initial realization that these moves felt silly and embarrassing, I decided to participate all out because everyone else in the gym looked equally ridiculous.

Here is a video of some Zumba moves in case you've never seen or heard of it before:

Needless to say, twenty minutes into my one-hour class I was exhausted and yearning for my water bottle. If there are classes offered near you I highly recommend taking one! Zumba is a high-energy highly entertaining form of fitness. You won't regret it!