How to Get the Most Out of Your Zumba Class

 I get so many questions about Zumba, that I wanted to take the time to answer all of them here…so that when people keep asking me, I can just send them the blog post! ha! So this is the last Thursday Zumba post for now. 

Today’s question is: How do I get the most out of Zumba class? Let me tell you!

That is a GREAT question. I mean, no one wants to come to the gym and do a workout halfway. We want to get a good return on our time and energy investment.

The first way to get the most out of your Zumba class is to stand close to the instructor.  I used to be a back row girl.  I was scared. I was intimidated. I felt comfortable back there. Eventually, I moved to the middle…and I noticed I was dancing bigger and with more effort. Then I got brave and stood in the row right behind the instructor. Let me tell you – it is the best spot.  Not only are you front row for the technique stuff (and the easier you can see the dances…the better you can do them!), but you have a little pressure of “people watching you”  Now, most people are watching the instructor, and not you…but you will FEEL like they are watching, so you will give it your all.

The next way to get the most out of Zumba is to work it.  You can dance halfway. Take this video for example. It is a Zumba Toning class.  There is a younger girl in a green shirt.  She is doing the dance.  She knows it fairly well, but she isn’t giving it her all.  Look at her compared to other people in the class.  Yes, the younger girl is getting a workout.  She is probably sweating. But she isn’t reaching her potential for the class. It isn’t about her dancing ability.  I have a lady in my class who has NO rhythm and isn’t super coordinated…but she gives it 100%.  If we are jumping, she is jumping the highest.  If we are shaking, she is shaking her whole body.  She may not do it just like I do, but she is giving it her all.

My last advice for getting the most out of your Zumba workout is to wear the proper clothes.  Wear shoes with little to no tread, like the ones I talk about here.  I have a girl who comes to my class wearing flats.  REALLY?  Who can work out like that?  Another lady shows up in jeans…what? Wear workout clothes and correct shoes. Find out more about what to wear to Zumba here.

Any other tips you can think of for getting the most out of your Zumba workout? 

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