Yes, I have a Fitness Bucket List! It isn’t something written down or etched in stone. It is a list of things I keep in my mind of things people said I couldn’t or shouldn’t do, things I never thought and wished I could do, and just some extreme things (like skydiving) that I will need to use my (and probably someone else’s) cajones to do.
On Friday I fought my fear of not feeling my dancing skills were good enough to become certified as a Zumba Instructor. I have been in love with Zumba for the past five years. There is just something about letting go and having a party at.every.class! I plan my Tuesdasy around my Zumba toning class. I have the Zumba for XBox Kinect. I have Zumba clothes. I never thought I could be the instructor because of my stature and size. However, Zumba dispels myths of the one size fits all of fitness and dance instructors. I registered for the Zumba Basic course which:
This course teaches you the foundation and formula to teach a Zumba® class. You will learn the steps to four basic rhythms (merengue, salsa, cumbia, reggaeton). You’ll learn how to put these steps together into a song, and how to create your first Zumba class. We’ll provide you with all the tools and resources you will need to teach a Zumba class.
At the Zumba certification class there were women and men of all ages, sizes, colors…there was amazing energy even when we were in line during registration! One thing we all had in common is that ZUMBA had truly moved us and we were so excited to take our love to the next level!
It was an intense day of doing a full master class, a mini master class, and hours of learning all the basic moves (legs and hands) of salsa, merengue, reggaton, and cumbia. Our instructor Marcie Gill is amazing. She is a Zumba machine and an incredible teacher. Her passion was prevalent through her talks and lessons. Check her out in action:
Yes, you can see why I was super geeked to have her as the instructor! She is FIERCE!
At the end of the day I was mentally and physically spent. I had learned so much, connected with a lot of the (now) Zumba instructors, and dug deep to complete the day despite nursing back injury. I was extra sensitive to listening to my body and my range of motion but I still did the damn thang!
So I succeeded in one of the items on my fitness bucket list! I have a license to teach Zumba for one year and I also joined ZIN (Zumba Instructor Network). I plan on practicing my choreography and looking to teach a few classes and take additional certifications and workshops like Zumba for Kids and Sentao — both of which really interested me!
Next up for 2013 is: a 60 mile cycling tour in Vermont and my first official 5k!