Fitness Adventures: Strong by Zumba

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Major human confession: My relationship with fitness isn’t the best. Sure, I climbed a mountain to the summit (IG: @readyor.nat has pics to prove it), but if we’re talking consistency and stamina, well… probably count me out. I don’t play group sports. I look like a deer in the headlights at the gym. I can’t run long distances. I once did hot yoga and had severe heat rash on my face for over a week. My idea of fun is watching a Gilmore Girls marathon. Maybe while wearing lululemon so I feel better.

2 weeks into 2017 and I am determined to turn my fitness resolution into a lifestyle. I am holding my cousin/workout buddy accountable, but I’m also sharing the things I’ve been trying with you, blogosphere – because who better to hold me accountable than the World Wide Web? This is a safe, positive, non-judging space, right?

Yesterday, I tried Strong by Zumba – a music-led High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) class. If you haven’t heard about it, fear not. I hadn’t either, until I signed up for a class. I saw the word ‘Zumba’ and thought: Woo! Dance party!

L o l. Not quite.

Follow the break for videos and a recap of my first Strong by Zumba experience!signature


I’ve gone to a handful of Zumba classes, but I need to stress that this is not Zumba!

What is it? This is a bootcamp style class with moves timed to the fun Zumba music. In the hour-long class, you are doing anything from planks, to squats, foot fire drills, high knees, jumping jacks, push ups, crunches, lunges, and burpees. Oh, and crying. And sweating buckets.

What to bring: A yoga mat, comfortable training shoes (preferably with good ankle support), a towel, a bottle of water, and a ton of effort.

How it works: The hour is broken down into a warm up, four quadrants and a cooldown. After high intensity sequences, there are moments of active recovery, where you get to dance in place. In between quadrants, you have 30-second water breaks, which, besides The End, was what I was most looking forward to. As the hour goes on, the quadrants become more challenging and you will surely enough be tested in mental and physical strength, but I think I love it.

The instructors, Suzie and Dierdre, did a great job of leading the class and guiding everyone through the routines. They were inviting, motivating and overall inspiring. What I liked and valued most is that they took the time to offer modifications, advanced moves and walked around the class during squats, planks and other tough moves to make sure we were not overextending and potentially injuring ourselves. Correction is so important and guidance is always welcome!

Strong by Zumba is for you if: You want a challenging, choreographed bootcamp workout with dynamic moves and fun music! AND if you want to sweat, sweat, SWEAT and look as cool as these people:

Bottom line: I 100% am adding this to my workout rotation. I woke up feeling super sore, which, with a little perspective, means I did something right.

For a list of Strong by Zumba classes near you: click here.

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