I’d been looking forward to trying Zumba Step for the past month, ever since I first saw the flyer for the new class at my gym. The only problem was, they only offered classes while I was at work – 11am on Thursdays and 8am on Fridays. So having this week off, I knew I wanted to try the class out.
I love the music and the energy of Zumba classes, and I used to have fun taking step classes back in the day, so I figured the combination of the two could be really fun…or a catastrophe. I could see myself tripping over the step as I tried to samba to the beat.
The teacher had brought two other instructors with her so that people on each side of the room could have someone to follow along. She told us to grab a step, and at the most, to get one riser. I decided to stick with the step by itself for this first class.
The class was really fun. The teacher did a great job of cueing us about the moves ahead of time. The difference between this class and a regular Zumba class was that the step was used about half the time to add some height to some of the moves. We did the usual step-ups and knee raises, but included swaying hips and fun arm movements. I’m happy to say there was absolutely no tripping over the step.
I’ll definitely take the class again. I like the challenge including the step adds, and I could definitely feel it the next day. As the class becomes more popular, I know they’ll add more sessions in the evening and weekends. In fact, in checking the schedule just now, I saw that they now offer a class at 8:30pm on Tuesdays, so I’ll probably incorporate it into my schedule a couple of times a month.
The thing I really loved about the class was my own personal progress from the last time I took a Zumba class. I haven’t taken a Zumba class since surgery, and the weight I’ve lost made a major difference in what I could do this go around. I always gave it my all in Zumba classes, even when I was at my heaviest. The thing is, my all was keeping things no-impact: no jumping, no hopping, no bouncing. Sometimes I’d end up a beat or two behind the class because I wasn’t able to keep up with the fast pace. This time, I was jumping, bouncing, and hopping right along with the class. In fact, I was “that girl” who was going above and beyond. The best part was that even though I was exerting myself and really getting in a sweaty workout, I wasn’t overwhelmed or out of breath. At one point I got major tears in my eyes when I realized just how far I’d come.
In the past, I enjoyed Zumba so much that I thought “maybe someday I’ll be able to teach Zumba,” but it was a far off dream. On Thursday, after I felt like I’d mastered the class, I knew with certainty that I will be a Zumba instructor. That confidence is the coolest feeling in the world.