YAY! Guest post day with Jennifer from THE Z BEAT!

Today’s post comes from fellow fitness blogger Jennifer of thezbeat.com!  She is a big help to fitness gurus – both online and in her fun Zumba classes! Here she is IN action!!
I e-met Christiana through Girls Gone Sporty and immediately loved this blog. I read her post on Zico Day and had to laugh. As a Zumba instructor and blogger, I think EVERYbody can enjoy dance-based fitness. I know it can be a bit intimidating, but here are some tips for getting started if you’re nervous about trying a dance fitness class.
1. Try it!: Duh, right? But, you’d be surprised at how many people tell me Zumba isn’t their thing despite having never tried a class. And, if you’re brave, I recommend trying it more than once before passing judgment. Every instructor is different; some are more dance-y and some are more fitness-y. You might be missing out if you don’t try!
2. Know what to expect: Whatever format you try, I guarantee there are websites, blogs, and YouTube videos that can give you a sense of what to expect. That will make the class feel less foreign and allow you to focus on having fun and getting a good workout. In Zumba, each class uses about 70% Latin/international music (salsa, reggaeton, calypso, etc.) and 30% current hits and pop music. We also use intermittent training, mixing very fast songs with some slower rhythms to bring the heart rate up and down (a little) during each class. Here’s my advice for new Zumba students.
3. Don’t assume it’s not for you: I’ve heard it all, “Zumba is only for Latinas,” “I never went to dance school,” “I don’t listen to music,” “Blah blah blah.” Dance fitness can be for anyone! Most instructors tell students to just keep moving, whether you get the moves or not. The idea is to break a sweat and enjoy yourself, and everyone can do those things.
4. Take my advice: Stand somewhere in the room where you can clearly see the instructor. Get the feet first, then add the arms and the flava. Don’t worry about anyone else, because they’re focused on themselves, not you. And, ya know, have a great time.
Jennifer Lauren blogs at The Z Beat. Friend or follow her on Facebook or Twitter for her posts.
Thanks again Jennifer! Loved getting to know you!

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