For a while now, I have been researching Zumba classes in my area and peeking in the “aerobics” space in my gym. I have been wanting to try the Latin Rhythm class but haven’t had the courage to go by myself. I’m a gym gal and the only group workout I participate in is yoga. By coincidence, when I talked to my neighbor about a week ago, she said she wanted to go to Carlos’ famous class at our local place! So we arranged to go together this past Saturday, but because of the holiday weekend, she got busy and couldn’t go. I then contemplated going. I felt silly going alone, but I was all hyped up about it and they boys didn’t have any plans so I said the heck with it and decided to just go.
I have to admit the class was a bit intimidating. Dear readers, this is New Jersey! The class was full of Dominicanas and other Latina women that are born with the ability to dance! I on the other hand, am not very graceful. Nevertheless, the minute the music started I had a huge smile on my face. I love to dance and way back in the day I actually took some salsa lessons with my friend Vanessa. So I had a slight idea of what I should have been doing. I don’t mind making a fool out of myself and I jumped right in with the regulars of the class. WOW! What a workout! Unlike my friend Bertha, I don’t think I will be teaching this class, or Zumba, or any thing close to it in the near future! All I could think about is how in the world does Bertha teach these back to back? Amazing.
For the record: mambo, bachata and a few of the salsa steps were difficult. When the musica tribal and the hip hop got going though…all me. jajaja! I had such a good time! The best part of it all is that the idea for this positive series post came up and I thought I’d share a little experience:
*Trying something new got me out of the routine! You can start with workouts too or something as simple as cooking. Spice it up a bit in your everyday life.
*I learned that trying something new helped me discover new strengths and weaknesses. I love going to yoga and working out at the gym. Those exercises are familiar and I was due for a new challenge. I can’t wait for the next one to see if I improved a bit in the Latin Rhythms class!
*This gave me an opportunity to meet new people. Since I don’t have family in New Jersey, it’s really important to make friends. Chatty Betty met a woman before the start of the class. She encouraged me and it turned out to be that she is an instructor herself. I got a free invite to another class! Even when you do have family around you, it’s important to leave your comfort zone and meet new people.
*I found inspiration. I was watching all types of women, young and old, all body-types, Latinas and non-Latinas shaking their hips to our music, all smiles, and I imagined their stories. I was dancing and thinking about this post. I was bursting, I was giddy, I was inspired.
*Try something new and take care of yourself. I mustered up the courage to go to a one-hour class by myself, it wasn’t easy but I had to go and discover something new. I’m so glad I did. I’m calling my neighbor up to join me soon!
Have you tried something new lately? How did it go? Would love to know!
Ladies working out: Google image.