Zumba – Class #2
So last night was my second Zumba (latin dancing) class. I was half worried and half excited – the first week was fun, but it was crazy-fast, and I spent a lot of the time trying to figure out what I was supposed to be doing with my feet, arms, hips and butt. It felt like everything was moving in opposite directions, but at the same time. The first session we had (last week) was with a stand-in instructor, because ours had gone on a surprise holiday trip. I was interested in seeing what our regular instructor would do with us.
She was GREAT. She took the time to show us each of the steps before starting the songs, which also gave us time to catch our breath in between dances. Believe me, it’s a lot of cardio, so time to catch your breath is required. I still felt like I looked like a seizure patient while she looked sultry and fluid. But at least I wasn’t spending most of my time hopping from foot to foot, trying to figure out what I was supposed to be doing. I actually felt somewhat coordinated. AND . . . the biggest thing of all is that I didn’t feel like dying at 8 minutes in. Yeah, I was red, sweaty and out of breath . . . but I felt okay.
I did get pretty hot near the end, but I had started the day feeling kind of crummy, so I think the two are related. I had fun, I felt semi-coordinated, and I had hope that by the end of two sets of classes, I might remember all of the steps, in order.
Unfortunately I’ll be missing the next two classes as I’ll be traveling for work (and sneaking in a small vacation at the same time), but I’ll be back for the February 8th class, and I’m already signed up for the next set of classes too, starting in early March. Who knows, maybe I’ll finally learn to enjoy group exercise classes!