Zumba and Kismet

I woke up this morning not really sure what I was going to do for my cardio. I knew I was going to do yoga at 10am, but between 9am-10am, I was wide open. I asked my sounding board AKA, The Trio and gave them the list of options:

  1. run on the treadmill
  2. elliptical
  3. swim
  4. Spinning
  5. Zumba

We talked about the pros and cons of each activity while we were frantically getting breakfast made, lunches packed, getting dressed, you know the normal hustle and bustle of a busy school morning.

Finally my oldest said "mama, you haven't talked about Zumba in FOREVER and we did it once together when I was like 6, do you remember that? We had fun when we did it, right?"  And I had to stop and think back since that was 3 years ago!! Yes, we did have fun when we did it together, but it was more for their benefit than mine, and I had already worked out earlier in the day so I wasn't obsessing over getting in a good workout; I was just there to have fun with my kids.

See, I have had issues with Zumba in the past. I love cardio. I love the feeling of getting my heart beating fast, and keeping it up for a short while, and then bringing it back down, and then back up, and then back down, etc.; basically interval training. In previous Zumba classes they were too low impact for me. I could never get my heart rate up, and I would get frustrated. Nothing worse than feeling you wasted your time in a workout. Seriously, I hate wasting time.

I went to the gym torn between spending an hour on the dreadmill treadmill and Zumba. I checked in, and noticed right away the distinct Zumba attire that a woman was wearing a few feet ahead of me. I zoomed up to her and asked very nicely "excuse me, are you the instructor for today's Zumba class?" Because honestly, a lot of people that take Zumba also wear those Zumba clothes, so you can never be sure Wink Her back was to me, so I couldn't see her face when I asked. She turned to face me, and we both just looked at each other like "HEY, I KNOW YOU!!" and she said "yes, I am the instructor, are you taking the class today?"

I am STARING at this woman, and it's seriously freaking me out, because I KNOW THAT I KNOW HER. And I can tell that she's thinking the same thing about me. We head up the stairs together and I explain to her my reservations about the class, and she tells me that a lot of it depends on the instructor and that she can show some more advanced options. We talk about music, and I think to myself "okay, I am going to take this class." I don't know why TODAY of all days I decide to take Zumba, but I'm doing it.

I'm at the lockers outside the group fitness room and I'm struggling with the lock. I see the instructor just a few feet away and I call her over for help, and then I just HAVE to ask "what is your name, I know that I know you." And she tells me the same thing, she knows she knows me. Then she tells me her name is Caroline and BAM...IT ALL CLICKS. Don't you love it when that happens?? LOL. And here is the connection: her husband and my husband worked together 13 YEARS AGO!! I think the last time I saw her I was pregnant with Haley, so it had to have been 2003. And I was fat Jenny then. She says to me "you didn't look like this the last time I saw you." I love it when that happens Kiss I quickly told her that I had lost 212 pounds and then it was time for class to almost start. I ran to the bathroom, put on my HRM, filled up my water bottle and I was READY TO GO!!

When I first started group fitness all those years ago, I was always in the back of the room. No longer. Now I like to be as close as I can. This class was packed, and I could tell that there were a lot of Zumba enthusiasts in the room. Wink I got as close to the front as I could and off we went. And guys...I LOVED IT!! The high options were great. Sure, there were lots of times when I felt I could have gone higher b/c my HR dropped to like 74% and I like to keep it about 85% for a cardio workout, but maybe if I actually KNEW WHAT I WAS DOING I could have pushed myself a little bit harder. There were times when I felt like a fish out of water, flopping around on the group fitness floor. So, I am going to try it again next Monday. Same instructor. I'm not ready to step outside that "comfort zone" and try a different instructor. Stick with who I know for now. I dashed out of Zumba and went and did yoga. I left my HRM on so I could see a total calorie burn for both classes. I was not disappointed.

Without further ado:


What would I like to see for next Monday's class??? Dancing to some PIT BULL!!! He's Latin, that should totally work!! Tongue Out So Caroline, if you are reading this, can you please throw in some Mr. 305, some Mr. International, PLEASE?? It was Kismet that drew me to Zumba today, but it's a great instructor that will keep bringing me back.


Have you ever taken Zumba before? Love it, hate it, leave it? What's your favorite Zumba "song??" Does the instructor really make a difference???

Comments (6) -

  • I was wondering what kind of watch thing that is. I like it an would love one to see how many calories i burn a day...I started my Journey in January an so far down 13.6 lbs.
  • Caroline is AWESOME!!!  you will NOT be disappointed.  the instructor definitely makes a difference!  I have been taking her 30 minute ZUMBA classes for almost a year now and I LOVE THEM and hate it when I have to miss them.  Even though it is only 30 minutes I come out of there with sweat on my forehead and my sports bra practically drenched!  She has inspired me to want to become a Zumba instructor too!!!  I wish I could go to her 60 minute classes.
  • Nancy, I guess I'm lucky that I'm taking her 60 minute class!! Smile Glad to hear you love it so much!!
  • You burned some major calories there, girl! That's awesome. I've taken Zumba before after swearing I never would. I am the whitest girl ever and I have no moves at all and my hips do not move easily or fast enough to keep up, but I enjoyed it more than I ever thought I would. Not to mention I sweat ALOT. It's a great workout. Makes me think I should go back!! Thanks for sharing your fun story! Keep it up!
  • I just joined a gym and there's a Zumba class this Friday I'm considering... Smile
  • I absolutely LOVE Zumba!  It was the first steps in my journey of losing 80 pounds.  I could get through an hour of workout and sweat my butt off without staring at the clock.  I've never been a dancer, but I enjoy the class every time I go.  I feel so sexy after class (sorry if that's inappropriate- I really just didn't know my body could move like that!)!  Anyhow, I'm still super uncoordinated, but thankfully my local instructor shows a "dance" version and a "fitness" version to most of the moves.  It keeps it easy for me to count out the moves when I think of them as squats or standing crunches, etc...  I'm glad you gave it a second chance!  Smile
    Once you get comfortable learning the base moves with your new fav instructor, try going to some other classes or Zumba events.  It's interesting to see the variety based on instructor.  We do a lot of local benefits that are a donation for a 2 hour master class, and it's great because 3 or 4 instructors will cycle in and out.  While I'm most comfortable with what I know, there is always a great challenge when someone adds more jumping, or more muscle targeting, or just a faster beat.  It's fun!
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