Last night my sister took me to a drop-in Zumba class. I’ve tried Zumba once before – and trust me, I was no better this time than I was last time. For context, my sister has been dancing for, what, twelve years now? And I’ve been dancing for a total of zero. (Unless you count ballet in Kindergarten. Which I don’t.) Here are some of my thoughts from the experience.
I have no coordination whatsoever.
I knew that going in, but for some reason I figured I would get better as the class progressed. I could not, for the life of me, figure out how to do any moves that involved my arms and my legs moving in different directions. I was less winded by the end than I was at the beginning, but no less awkward.
I’m convinced my sister and I can’t be related.
If you overlook all the other ways my sister and I are basically identical… Okay, fine, we’re related. I guess I’m okay with her being the athletic one. I’m the smart one. (I’ll keep telling myself that…)
I got my daily steps! Or did I?
My Fitbit buzzed during the class to congratulate me on reaching 10,000 steps today. But I have to wonder, how many of those “steps” were actually just from shaking my wrist?
I wish I could control the colour of my face.
Am I the only one whose face turns bright red whenever I exercise? It stays like that for almost an hour! It probably has something to do with the fact that I never exercise, but maybe I’m not alone in this.
I enjoy Zumba more when I recognize the songs.
Out of the hour-long class, I knew one of the songs. It was Pitbull, obviously. I found it a lot easier to engage and follow the instructor when I was able to anticipate the music and sing along in my head when I knew the words. I imagine that if I were to join a Zumba class and attend regularly, I would probably get to know a number of the songs in other languages. I noticed my sister had learned the words to some of them. Maybe this could be a minor motivation to make this a regular thing?
It was pretty fun!
Would I go again? Probably. Will I go weekly? Maybe not. We’ll see what the new year will bring!
Have you tried Zumba? What was your experience?