What I’ve Learned at Zumba®

janhorseWhen Jamal challenged me to take a Zumba class, I was skeptical, but I went. Here’s what I learned.

  • The main qualification for a Zumba instructor is to smile during the whole one-hour class.
  • It helps if you have rhythm.
  • Like dancing, Zumba is hard work.
  • Sometimes guys come to Zumba class and the ladies love them.
  • You don’t have to hop (high impact) like the young women.
  • Low impact (stepping) is fine.
  • The older women (like me) hug the back wall.
  • There’s great camaraderie among the classmates. You get to know folks and enjoy friendships.
  • It doesn’t matter what you do as long as you “do.”
  • No one looks great the first…or second time you take a class.
  • No one cares what you look like.
  • You can really change your body makeup—lose fat and gain muscle—no matter what your age.
  • Exercising, being active, can become part of your life.
  • Horseback riding is still more fun.
What is Zumba?

Wikipedia says that Zumba involves dance and aerobic elements. The choreography incorporates hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue and mambo.

The Zumba website claims: “We take the ‘work’ out of workout, by mixing low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning dance fitness party. Once the Latin and World rhythms take over, you’ll see why Zumba® Fitness classes are often called exercise in disguise.”


  1. Janice Hougland says:

    Hilarious explanation of Zumba, Jan! 🙂 Actually, I have always had good rhythm and love to dance or move with music…but hubby insists we do everything together these days and he doesn’t know what a “beat” is. 🙁 So we walk. And walk. Horseback riding sounds great.

  2. LOL! my husband has two left feet. Two guys showed up at Zumba tonight. One had a gray beard and he was wearing a red, plaid kilt! Another woman whispered, “I hope he has something under it!”

  3. Hi Jan! I’m glad you’re enjoying Zumba, and it was within the last few months I learned that the Zumba instructors have to smile all class! That’s great! Keep up the great work, both Zumba and Horseback riding offer lots of room for learning and growth!

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