Zumba at The Yard

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By Clau­dia Elei­box

July is speed­ily ap­proach­ing, which means so is car­ni­val: the num­ber one rea­son why Saint Lu­cians want that sum­mer body. By June itsy bitsy wardrobes for women will have been se­cured, and the usual mus­cle Ts, tanks and trunks for men set on show­ing how their time at the gym is pay­ing off. If it isn’t nu­mer­ous hours at the gym spent get­ting ready for the myr­iad of sum­mer­time par­ties and fes­ti­vals, its at-home work­outs, jogs or walks. For many, that kind of ded­i­ca­tion is short-lived. Af­ter that comes the guilt, and the slap in the face re­al­ity check that, with­out the hard work, you’re prob­a­bly not go­ing to get that per­fectly de­fined look you were hop­ing for!

I don’t go to a gym for my own rea­sons, but Mae Wayne some­how, mirac­u­lously got me to join Zumba. It’s not ex­actly the gym, (al­though it sure feels like a work­out) but more of a dance class where not hav­ing rhythm does not mat­ter as much. Ad­mit­tedly I only suc­cumbed to it be­cause I fig­ured since I grew up tak­ing end­less dance lessons, a hyped class to soca, dance­hall and pop mu­sic couldn’t be too dif­fi­cult.

Mo­tion Stu­dios, which hosts the class, is now lo­cated at the Star Pub­lish­ing com­pound so it’s easy for me to just pop in straight af­ter work. Well I was right: the first class wasn’t “hard” but it used ev­ery ounce of my en­ergy. All I could do when I got home was sleep . . . sweaty clothes, socks and all. On the bright side, I prob­a­bly burnt all the calo­ries I ate that day. But it was so much fun!

I have never missed a class since then. It doesn’t feel like one of those ex­er­cises to be hes­i­tant about at­tend­ing; Zumba is some­thing to look for­ward to. Ten­neil and Suzie are the most ec­static in­struc­tors any­one could ask for. Their high en­ergy and en­thu­si­asm helps you to keep push­ing through the burn­ing sen­sa­tion in the mus­cles. It might be that or the fact that they prompt you to bust a whine in the mid­dle of a squat. If you can’t ,that’s okay too. There are no rigid tech­niques to fol­low but it still works. A Zumba class with all smiles is in­evitable be­cause every­one is con­stantly sur­prised that they feel com­pletely burnt but can still find the strength to keep danc­ing. Mu­sic is a ma­jor fac­tor as well; the Mo­tion Stu­dios in­struc­tors have a dy­namic se­lec­tion to pair with the heated ses­sions. It’s men­tioned in re­search that mu­sic can change your mood and all the per­fect songs are cho­sen to keep a happy at­mos­phere. I’ve heard other clas mem­bers say that Zumba helps make a bad day bet­ter.

You must be cer­tainly think­ing that Zumba sounds too good to be true. But, I as­sure you, Zumba is one class where you can have fun, burn calo­ries and get that de­sired body!

Ded­i­cated class in an in­tense Zumba ses­sion at Mo­tion Stu­dios.

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