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The Lighter Side of Zumba

October 11, 2011

Hey there y’all!! Long time, no blog.

This weekend was jam-packed, and I even blogged a pinch about it in this week’s Six Pack Sunday: My Cousin’s Wedding. That being said, considering it was the longest time I’ve spent home in a looooong time. Monday, since I had off, I took advantage of the bonus day and staved off my flight until Tuesday morning. The cost? One exhausted Jordan.

Payoff? Phenomenal Sister Date!

See the resemblance? (I'm the taller one, ps.)

On the agenda?

Pancakes (banana chocolate chip… with sprinkles), Baking (Namely, Courtney’s Crackled Sugar Cookies), Zumba, Lunch at Moe’s, and FroYo. All before 4pm (game time for her volleyball game!)  It was daunting, especially after drinking all the beers during the weekend, but, with little Kiley by my side, I was ready for anything.

She's also a whiz with a whisk.

Up first? The cookies.

Toss those bad boys into the oven, now what?

Since they take about 12 minutes to cook, but we were already dressed for zumba, clearly we only had one option.

Girl's got ups.

Not much of a yogi-bear

Beautiful tree pose

This is the most flexible I've ever looked. Don't believe everything you see.

16 takes of each pose later, they were ready!!

Just in time for zumba!

All iced and ready for the team!

Fast forward to a trip to the YMCA. The 1pm Zumba class on a Monday is not something my schedule normally allows, so I jumped at the chance.  When we got there, we realized that wasn’t my standard Zumba class.  It was, in fact, a whole different ballgame.

The two of us probably brought the average age of the fitness room down about 26 years. While I’m used to the  college students from UNC and Duke, or the young professionals from the Research Triangle who dress in Lululemon, Nike, and Under Armour, the fashion in this class was outfitted in jeans (no joke), plaid shorts, and stirrup pants. We stuck out like two sore thumbs. Two sore thumbs that were about 6″ taller than most of the other women in the class. We’re tall, we’re gangly, and we have zero rhythm.

Clearly, we were meant to be in this class.

Well, we were given weird looks as we were flailing around, taking steps way longer than needed, and jumping up and down.  In fact, at one point, a woman leaned over to us and said “Man, whatever you’ve got going on in your shoes, I think I need it!”

Sweet moves, Ki!

Both of us are tall, lanky, and athletic. Surprisingly, that doesn’t actually translate to being a good dancer whatsoever. It mostly translated to us looking like we were illustrating plyometric drills instead of salsa and merengue steps.  But we got some laughs, we felt like spastic jellyfish, and we broke one heck of a sweat.

Glossy

And, even though I may not have any sexy Latin moves, I can, at times, drop it like it’s hot.

Drop it low

It was great to take a group fitness class and feel like a goof, instead of focusing solely on knocking out serious cardio. I even followed my own group fitness etiquette and made sure that, since I wasn’t sure of the moves this woman used, I hung out in the back.

Do you ever take classes just “for fun”?

I can’t say I regularly do, but it’s such a welcome to take a class with a friend (or, in this case, a friend sister HYBRID!) and be silly. I still felt like it was a killer workout, but that might’ve been all the laughter (good for the abs, I heard.)

Stay tuned for a wedding post in the near future!!

15 Comments leave one →
  1. October 11, 2011 9:43 pm

    i go to zumba twice a week! im practically obsessed with it!!! ha and in my class you cant just hang in the back because we switch rows every song!!!

  2. October 12, 2011 7:23 am

    Hahaha, you and your sister look like you were having such a blast!
    Glad you baked and enjoyed the sugar cookies…they’re dangerous!! :)

    • October 13, 2011 11:30 am

      I’m pretty sure the sugar rush obtained from the cookies led to an inevitable win for the team.

  3. October 12, 2011 11:10 am

    Sounds like a blasty-BLAST!!! I wish there was a zumba class just for folks with no rhythm…I’d go to that…and still reside in the back row! Would make a great YouTube video!

  4. October 12, 2011 12:27 pm

    I do love zumba, I go every Friday at lunch and it’s like happy hour.
    Although I do get super annoyed if people stand like directly behind you or basically on top of you. And I’ve been known to shoot them dirty looks as a warning sign.

  5. October 12, 2011 2:08 pm

    Sister and you look so alike! Sounds like you both had a blast!!

  6. October 12, 2011 4:49 pm

    Sounds like a blast!!!! I’m going to be singing drop like it’s hot the rest of the night now…

  7. October 19, 2011 1:28 am

    friend sister hybrids are the best :) loved this post… and your zumba shirt is amazing

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