… put your drinks UP!
'On the Floor' by Jennifer Lopez was the first song played at my Zumba class this evening. If you haven't heard of Zumba, clearly you've been living under a rock for the last year or so – people are talking about it everywhere… It's the latest fitness craze – inspired by Latin music, it involves dancing and aerobics – the choreography includes hip-hop, salsa, samba and even Bollywood (and lots of shimmying).
(Just so you know, nobody in the class actually looks like that.)
I went to my first class last week and was so intent on getting the moves right that I didn't realise how tough the workout really is – until I couldn't move the following morning. Last week, I was quite comfortable at the back of the class, but today my friend decided we were going to be at the front so we could see properly. It's much less crowded at the front – nobody wants to be there (including me) – but once the class starts everyone's doing their own thing so I felt less self-conscious. It was easier the second time round – I knew what to expect – although at one point, I just ended up walking from side to side because I just couldn't figure out what the instructor was doing. That's the problem – they don't really break down the moves for you: the class starts and you just have to follow and try and keep up (think of Goldie Hawn in Housesitter in that African dance class)!
It's a great class for when you've had a bad day – you're focusing so hard that you tend to forget about everything else. And the music's good so it's bound to make you feel better… And when you've had a good day, well – who could say no to dancing? I'm definitely going back to Zumba – it's much more fun than Bikram!