As you know, I am currently working on learning choreography for my practice exam to be a Group Fitness Instructor – in particular, a Zumba instructor. One of the reasons I love Zumba is because of the Latin dancing influence. The music reminds me of the time when I used to dance Latin moves: the cha cha cha, the rhumba, the jive, the samba. I love the music; I love the rhythms; and I love the movements.
Now that I am building my own playlist and class atmosphere, I am influenced by the love of my past. My preference is to choose music with a Latin feel and the choreography I prefer embraces the merangue, the salsa, the cumbia. I do include reggaeton – but not as much as in the Zumba classes that I attend. The latest song I am learning has steps for a cha cha cha. The song is authentic and so are the movements of the following Zumba crew:
I know of a number of people who will enjoy this and I look forward to sharing it with them.
This week I am spending time to learn for the written exam that I have this weekend. As you may remember, I registered for the Canfitpro course in order to be a group fitness instructor. My intention is to share my love of Zumba with others.
Reading through the coursework I could not help but smile as it takes me back to high school and to when I did Biology. Even though getting the information into my head is slow, I am grateful for the opportunity I have to learn the material. It is interesting and it has helped me realise what exactly it is that makes a good group fitness instructor.
What are you grateful for this week? And what has made you smile?
I am currently learning my first set of choreography to lead a Zumba class. I decided to begin with the warm-up segment which normally comprises of three songs. During the past week, I followed the video to learn the choreography by myself and today, for the first time, I led the class I normally attend (my instructor has graciously volunteered to help me learn and practice). Being the lead is definitely a different experience to following the teacher of a class. All these faces look to you to lead and follow whatever dance moves you show them. In addition, as the instructor, you begin with the left leg/side instead of the right – a fact that takes some time getting used to.
As expected, my mind went blank partway through the choreography. I continued regardless, skipping over parts I could not remember and following the beat of the music. I love that the people I dance with on a Sunday morning were supportive and after the class were celebrating the fact that I had led a song on my own. This week I aim to practice more – and hopefully next Sunday I will remember all of the choreography and lead with confidence.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that it is COLD outside. During the past week we have had snowfall, freezing rain, icy sidewalks and patches, and then snowfall again. Tomorrow more snow is predicted – an event that small children will enjoy very much I am sure. I predict that many snowmen and forts will be built in school playgrounds. The children will come in from recess rosy-cheeked and beaming with happiness. I do not enjoy the cold too much when I stand outside supervising them at play but what I do enjoy is seeing the children enthusiastically play with what has fallen from the sky.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I completed my report cards last week. Tomorrow I will print the draft and they will be read by the administration at our school. Soon they will be sent out to the parents and I will be meeting up with them to discuss their child’s progress. And soon the busy time at school will be over. After mid-February the deadlines will be fewer and I can concentrate on working with my class.
This weekend, I worked towards what I have been thinking about doing for a while: I attended the basic training to be a Zumba Instructor. I am not sure where this journey will take me but I am ready to take the steps. I enjoy dancing in Zumba classes so much and have been extremely disappointed that so many classes at my local gym have been cancelled. My thinking is that at least by working to be an instructor, I can still get to dance to my favourite rhythms. My body is currently aching after a full day of exercise, and my brain is still swirling with all of the information that I have received. I need a few days to process and to figure out how I am going to put into practice what I have learned.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that it is nearly the end of the weekend and I am tired and ready to go to sleep. I am looking forward to the upcoming week as I will be attending the OLA Super Conference during the last part of the work week. I had such a good time there last year that I decided to attend this year as well.
I wish you a wonderful week ahead. May it be filled with things you love doing.
On Saturday I attended an event that I have been looking forward to for about a month – the Spin 4 Kids dancathon organised every year by Goodlife Fitness. For three hours, we dance with our favourite instructors for Zumba, Shab’am, and Body Jam. The music was energetic, the room filled with enthusiasm, and the time passed quickly. Every 20 minutes a different instructor led the dancing while the other teachers spread themselves around the room to dance with us. The organiser had added flashing lights and, with the overhead lights off, it truly felt like a party. Prizes were drawn every hour and I could not help but smile when I won a $50 gift card to the New Balance store.
But what really made my day, was to see the amount of steps my body took. As a result of doing the laundry, walking to the supermarket to do grocery shopping, walking to the subway to attend the dancathon, dancing, and then going out for dinner, I managed to do the most steps my Fitbit has recorded in the last year and a half.
One of the songs that often runs in my head is Suavemente by Nayer featuring Pitbull and Mohombi.
Not only do I enjoy the rhythms of this song, but I also enjoy dancing to it when doing Zumba. The song is not always on the instructors’ playlist but, when it is, I enjoy moving energetically to it. It is a dance that really gets your heart rate up. And when you have the choreography in your head, you can really move across the floor.
I have added it to my playlist and often sway to the rhythm when cooking.
I have been doing Zumba for 9 months now. The first months were difficult as I struggled not only with the choreography, but also with catching my breath. However, I persevered and have come to love this form of exercise. There have been moments when I am truly dancing and am able to move to the music as I did all those years ago before I began my journey into Motherhood.
One of the things I have struggled with is the ability to move my feet sideways without hurting my feet and knees. The tread of the running shoes causes my foot to ‘stick’ to the floor. I used to think longingly of my ballroom shoes with their suede soles as they helped me move easily across the floor.
While waiting for class a few weeks ago, a few of us were talking with the teacher about shoes (she, of course, wears the correct Zumba shoes) and she mentioned that her shoes does not have the tread that the running shoes have. My decision made, I went online and shopped at zumbashop.ca for footwear.
My package arrived last Friday.
With much excitement I opened the box and admired my new shoes.
I enjoyed the shoe box as well and appreciated the statement printed in bold on it.
I have worn the shoes at two classes and have enjoyed dancing in them. My movements are easier now and the bonus is my feet do not ache as much – and neither do my knees.
What have you been grateful for this week? Share your post in the comments below.
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Good morning everyone. Hope you are well this Saturday. It is gloomy outside and walking about the streets requires an umbrella today. Not the perfect weather but at least it is warmer than it was in the beginning of the week.
This week it was FREEZING in my classroom – so cold I was tempted to wear my gloves to keep my hands warm. It felt warmer outside even though the temperatures outside weren’t too high either. The second week of April is when the heating is switched off in the school and the next few weeks will not be pleasant until the building warms up naturally. In the meantime even the children are wearing sweaters – and the tissue box is handy.
On Monday night our Zumba instructor was unable to teach – and they could not get a substitute. Instead we had a BodyAttack class – it is a high impact class featuring a lot of running and strength exercises. He said he would go easy on us. I don’t know what difficult is because the class was HARD! A good experience, even though my body ached for three days afterwards.
I was grateful that we had a short working week. I felt tired and knowing this fact kept me going strong. Yesterday I did a lot of resting and I feel much better today.
Now I am off to Zumba. I am really enjoying the classes and have reached the point where I keep hearing the music in my head. I remember when I used to dance – I would hear the music in my head and dance in my head as well. I am sure that once I know the choreography, I will be doing Zumba in my mind while I am walking, and in my sleep!
Doing Zumba has definitely helped me with my sleep. It is rare now that I lie awake for hours in the early hours of the morning. I like that I sleep well and begin a day well-rested. When I am not tired I do have more patience with the children I teach and with my family members. I do not see myself stopping this form of exercise. And the bonus is that I do not need a partner to continue it!
After my exercise class, I will get things ready and do a little shopping for tomorrow’s dinner. I enjoy our Sunday family dinners – and the bonus will be that Monday is no school 🙂
I wish you a wonderful Easter Sunday with your family (if you celebrate this holiday). Do not eat too many of those chocolate eggs!