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Zumba is Trying to Kill Me

I Love Zumba – Sign Series For Dancing And Fitness

I’m so incredibly out of shape. Last week my husband made fun of me for losing my breath walking up a flight of stairs at the mall. It was my birthday and I gave him the stink eye.

We walk in to EB Games and I spot this Zumba World Tour “game” for the Wii U. I buy it because it’s my birthday and I don’t want to be fat anymore. That was my rationalization for spending $45 on something I may only use once. It’s happened with countless workout DVD’s and equipment. I have a pattern.

I get this thing home and I’m actually excited. I pop it in to the game system and strap on the belt. I’m ready to learn how to Zumba. I turn on the first class and this gorgeous specimen of a man appears on my screen. I could definitely get used to this! He smiles as the music begins – and then breaks into this crazy hip-hop-esque dance at full speed that caught me by surprise. Where is the tutorial? How do I learn this dance? I stop the video and go back to the settings. There’s got to be some sort of tutorial in here somewhere. Nope. Nothing.

Turns out, for any of you Zumba virgins out there, that there is no tutorial. You are supposed to just jump in and try your best. And with each time you repeat the same dance, you’ll naturally get better. Well, you’re supposed to.

Back to the video I go. He smiles at me again but this time I don’t smile back. I am watching his legs. The book says to learn the legs first, then add the arms later. I’ve got this. 

So here I am looking like a complete fool, jumping around my living room, totally not in time with this guy but giving it my all. After a minute I’m already working up a sweat and by the end of the song, I’m ready to chug an entire glass of water.

6 MORE SONGS TO GO

Wait, what?

The screen flips to another scene, this time a young beautiful woman ready to start another dance. Turns out the “short class” I selected is 20 minutes which is equivalent to 7 dances.  Ah crap.

Surprisingly I survived. Well, barely. But a good first effort! ha!

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Me Post Zumba – ready to fall over!

7 songs which were all quite fun. I looked like a fool but I had a heavy sweat and was rewarded at the end with a screen that estimated I burnt around 350 calories.

Now the question remains – will I continue to allow Zumba to slowly kill me? And by kill me I actually mean make me not die by having me actually do some good cardio. I guess we’ll see!

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Jenn Perry

The author Jenn Perry

Entrepreneur, Child-Wrangler and Domestic-Goddess-Wannabe, Jenn is a married, mother of two. She is also the founder of That's So Social and Editor in Chief of Travel Mavens. Likes: travel, eggs benedict, yoga pants, dogs, and Netflix.