Yes, it's true. Last Monday I shimmied my way through a Zumba class.....
My wife (Louise) has been going off to do Zumba for a couple of years now and recently I started working with another lady, Claire, who has been doing it for a while as well. I'll hold my hands up and admit that I didn't know a huge amount about this type of exercise, I mean, I know the principles of it but not what's actually involved - sadly it just hasn't interested me a great deal so I've given it a swerve up until now.
During one of Claire's session she insisted that I come along to at least one Zumba class so I could learn more and see what they get up too. After some gentle 'persuasion' over a couple of weeks from both Claire and my wife, I reluctantly agreed to go - I'm all about pushing my clients out of their comfort zone to encourage personal growth so I knew I had to step up and do it myself!
You talk the talk, you gotta walk the walk!
As a male heading rapidly toward his mid 30's, I've always assumed that I'm not the most common type of person to rock up to a Zumba class and judging by the extremely busy school hall filled almost entirely of women I looked to be right. I was a little nervous but spoke with Sarah of Horsham Zumba who runs the class who put me at ease and I made my way to the back of the room (to hide) and prepared myself for what was coming....
Honesty time now...
I had absolutely no flippin' idea what was going on for 90% of the hour long class! I spent most of the time trying to catch up with the steps and generally feeling a bit silly. I kept trying but I'm not convinced I'm designed for such technical things! Point me in any direction and tell me to run and I'll keep going no worries :-)
There's a few points I should make here though:
1) I have all of the co-ordination of a newly born Giraffe
2) I can't dance for toffee, just ask my wife. It's a shuffle and plenty of toe-stepping along the way (Sorry, Louise!)
3) I did feel silly but in no way was that felt in a negative way, I had a smile on my face and I laughed. A lot.
And that's the thing. The room was filled with wonderful people and a fantastic energy. There is no judgement from others, just a desire to get moving to some funky beats and have a bit of fun whilst exercising.
I can see the reasons for the interest and popularity of Zumba. One of the keys to a class such as this is that you have a group leader who is full of energy and can spread that around to everyone in the class and I would honestly say that that's what you'll get with Sarah of Horsham Zumba. She injects a lot of humour and punch into the sessions and makes she everyone is getting a good workout.
I do suggest that people get along to a class to find out more - go check out the times and places that Sarah holds classes on her Facebook page here:
So $50,000 question is.... will this Horsham Personal Trainer be heading back for another class.....?