I’ve been twice.  Twice is nice.  I think thrice will also be nice.  Whee!  I’ll go for three!!  I’ve never sweat so much, had so much fun, and experienced that burning in my legs that makes you want to cry but NOT stop.

I’m talking about Zumba, people.  This amazing workout has me devoted, addicted, obssessed.  And I’ve only been twice.  But I keep thinking about it.  Thinking about the next time I get to go.  It’s a latin-based dance workout, blending international music and insanely high-energy movements.  It’s challenging enough to keep my attention, and so much fun it keeps me wanting more.  It’s blood-pumping, hip-swinging, leg-bouncing, amazingness.  The dances are fun and get your booty moving and your body SWEATY, and there’s one particular song that is devoted to thigh-burn-inducing pain that has me near tears and begging for mercy, but oh, it hurts so good!  And it’s all so fun, the music is fantastic, that I don’t even mind the burning thighs.  It’s all for a good cause – sexy legs!

The best part is, the class I’ve been going to is at my park district.  So no sky-high fees to be part of an elite class of richy-rich ladies who look like they’ve been skipping meals for years.  That is not my sort of crowd.  Give me people who are there to workout and not show off their cute workout clothes.  I like getting down and dirty, not competing for best-looking, best dancer, best “I can totally keep up with the instructor and I know every little move and aren’t I fabulous?”.  That’s not what you find in this class.  I LOVE the blend.  There are young and old, skinny and not-so-skinny, Black, White, Hispanic,  Asian, Indian, and others.  It’s awesome. 

Going twice already has allowed me to see who seems to be regular attenders.  There’s crazy (in a good way) Asian lady who I always look for when I’m losing steam.  She’s so into it, bouncing high, and slightly awkward, but sweating like the rest of us.  Her energy and enthusiasm is so pure, you can’t help but be motivated watching her.

This week there was also pregnant lady.  She looked about 6 months along and man, she was right in step.  Again, when losing steam, just steal a glance her way aand you think, “If she’s doing it, there’s no excuse for me to do it halfway!”. 

Don’t get me wrong, there a few obnoxious folk, too.  But the thing about Zumba is, it’s so fast-paced, you really don’t have a lot of opportunities to look around at what other people are doing.  You’ve got to be watching the instructor all the time so the idea of being self-conscious is out the window.  There’s no time!  And who cares if you’re doing it “right”?  Are you sweating?  Is your heart rate up?  Are you legs burning?  Great, it’s working!

Balancing  out my running with Zumba is awesome!  There’s still something so primal, so free, about running.  I highly recommend mixing up running with another type of workout.  I also plan to throw in some yoga, so I should have a pretty well-rounded workout regime. 

So what are you doing?  Remember, each day is a new day, a chance to start over, try something new, get up off your duff and get going!  Are there things you’ve said “No” to because you’ve never done it, it sounds hard, or you think you just can’t do it?  Why are you letting those thoughts hold you back?  You could be amazing at something at you don’t even know it!  The first step is always hard, and even awkward, but if you don’t take it, you’ll never get anywhere.

So, if you’re in the Aurora/Naperville area and want to check out Zumba, join me!  Wednesday nights at 8:00pm…..