For those only born yesterday, Zumba is a dance-fitness program, Latin-inspired.
But it's more like a dance party because it is SUPER FUN. You will forget that you are actually exercising.
In Zumba, you basically dance to the hottest clubbing tracks. The only thing missing is a Bacardi spilling over your hand.
Think aerobics + line dance + Latin dance.
But unlike aerobics, you won't be doing moves from the 80's. There are lots of gyrating, crumping and popping. Think MTV's soft porn.
Unlike line dance, where you will be dancing the same moves facing all four walls of the room OVER AND OVER AGAIN, there is variety in Zumba dances.
And finally unlike Latin dance, Zumba is so much less complicated. So don't be afraid if you have bad coordination. I have bad leg-arm coordination, so if I can do it, you sure can too. Unless you can't tell which is right to left.
But of course in your first class, you will be LOST. But even when you're lost, just let the music sway you and dance with two feet like nobody's watching till you're back on track. Seriously, nobody will look at you staggering like a tranquillizer-shot t-rex 'coz all eyes will be on the instructor.
See how everyone got it wrong. Especially me, if you can find me.
And as for the instructors. WOW. Besides having banging bodies, they put all attention-seeking, bar-dancing gyrating clubbers to shame. Yes, including me 'coz I used to think I'm the best dancer in the club when I'm drunk enough to dance on a bar. Note used to. And their energy! We were already seeing stars when we closed our eyes within the first hour of the session, but up till the warming down session, two hours later, they were still jumping around and shouting "WOOT!". You'd think they were on some energy sustaining drugs. And I'm about to say something lame - dance and music ARE their drugs.
As for the benefits? Well, there are intense cardio and body toning going on. But best of all, it doesn't feel like exercise so you won't be bargaining with yourself to not go this time. You can read about the benefits in-depth here, and glowing testimonials on how people lost like 150 pounds or something just by Zumba-ing here.
Therefore, if you hate exercise but LOVE to party and figured you're not getting any younger and fitter, Zumba is meant for you party people. Minus the hangover and stale stench of cigarettes.
I can't help thinking though what a super sonic blast Zumba would be if I down a couple of tequila shots before the workout :D
So, leave your aerobics and line dance classes to the uncool grannies and party your way to hotness with Zumba, NOW!
If you live in Keningau, there will be classes at Jackie Gym every Tuesdays and Thursdays, at 5.30 p.m. till 6.30 p.m. The fee is RM50 for 6 classes per month, and RM10 for walk-ins.