any zumba instructors here?

posted 2 years ago in Fitness
Post # 2
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Helper bee

ex zumba instructor from Aus here.. 

I loved it! The main reason I stopped was that I was only running 1-2 classes per week (on top of my full time work, and other dance commitments) – so I was finding I was constantly having to rehash my choreo in between classes so I didn’t forget it! 

The moves are quite easy, and repetive – and remember YOU plan your own classes, so of course you can use more of the tracks / styles you’re more comfortable with. You also have the option to create your own choreo, rather than using theirs if you would prefer. 

I don’t remember the training day (or weekend? I can’t rememebr!) being too hectic, but they definitely start with a master class so if you haven’t done zumba before, you can see what its like. 

The main thing I struggled with was how it was perceived, particularly by “fit” people. Often they’d say they weren’t able to get their heart rate high enough, or didn’t feel like they got a good workout (which I’m sure was true for them) – I used to do all the other fitness classes, but found I got the best cardio workout from Zumba. I often found those who reported the class as “easy” were those that really didn’t put a lot of effort into the moves. For those with a dancing background (or who just like to groove away!), I find I activate so many muscles, and put so much purpose / snap / precision during every move – there’s no way I’d come out of a class not sweating 🙂 

Enjoy the journey!

Post # 4
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Helper bee

Yep, and pacing yourself is important so you don’t look like you’re dying whilst teaching! 

The dance school that I was teaching for at the time ran a number of classes, some in halls and some at gyms. I had a Fri night gym class, and occasionally subbed in Saturdays at the hall. The head of the school started both classes, and I took over when I felt comfortable (we doubled up for a little while, alternating tracks) – but we were the first zumba cohort in the city I live in, so there were no existing classes (and no real yard stick to be compared to!). 

You’ll love it 🙂 It’s great fun, and after awhile you get to know your regular attendees, and it can become as social as you want it to be 🙂

Post # 8
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Helper bee

lilchicana:  Ahhhhh. I must admit, I never became a ZIN member either. I suppose if you plan on working in the next financial year, it would count as a tax deduction? I think it’s much easier when your starting to be a member, the choreo DVDs seem like a good way to get into things 🙂

 

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