WEEK 2

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - Beauty -

It had been rain­ing ear­lier and the wa­ter was freez­ing cold. I had a few min­utes be­fore class so I re­laxed in the warm Jacuzzi for a bit. When Deno showed up, I went back to the pool and ner­vously tested the tem­per­a­ture with my toes. “Come on, let’s warm up,” sug­gested Deno, as I re­mained shiv­er­ing by the edge of the pool, clutch­ing my legs to my chest and shak­ing my head. Even­tu­ally I joined the oth­ers and was sur­prised at how fast one could warm up in icy waters. Then again, the rules of buoy­ancy mean you could be work­ing out sev­eral times as hard un­der­wa­ter with­out even feel­ing it.

That said, it was still a chal­lenge, es­pe­cially if your in­struc­tor de­cides to up the tempo and in­tro­duce fancy new moves like kick­ing up and swing­ing your legs from side to side while stay­ing afloat. By now, I could suss out Deno’s taste in mu­sic and I loved how his up­beat se­lec­tion added flavour to the party at­mos­phere.

By the way, I was wrong about not be­ing seen un­der­wa­ter. Ap­par­ently, Deno had a rather good view from where he was stand­ing. Of course, when ev­ery­one’s twirling or bob­bing up and down, punc­tu­at­ing the grooves with cries of “woo hoo” and “oh yeah”, who re­ally cares if you missed that last step-ball-change?

WEEK 3

I had pretty much got the hang of things now. I could move faster un­der­wa­ter, and my arms and legs def­i­nitely felt stronger. What I love most about Aqua Zumba is how im­me­di­ately it takes your mind off things just like any reg­u­lar dip in the pool or ocean. Like a good old swim, you con­di­tion your car­dio and tone your body with each move. You also burn ex­tra calo­ries with ev­ery laugh and shout of ex­hil­a­ra­tion. The verdict: Splash-two-cha-cha-cha, dive-four-ra-ta-ta ... and pose! Dive in at Celebrity Fit­ness, Lot T-011, Third Floor, Mid Val­ley Mega­mall. Tel: 03-2295 0088.

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