Tuesday, October 2, 2018

What Inspires You?

We want to hear you from you!! Yes you! The movers and the shakers. The trendsetters, and passionate instructors who inspire possibilities for every single person that comes into your classes. It takes determination, hard-work and love to do what we do! So let us know what inspires you. What moves you? What drives your passion on and off the dance floor? Feel free to comment here, or email our team to be featured in an upcoming article. 

Much Love,
The Z Beat Team

Monday, October 1, 2018

Good Things Come in 3s

Today is October 1st, and there are three significant things about today. First, and arguably the most important, today is National Homemade Cookie Day 🍪🍪. Homemade cookies are not only delicious but a sweet treat for many of us after a week of eating healthy. The smell of homemade cookies always remind me of Cookie Monster which naturally makes me think of funny fitness memes referencing Fitbits® and "fittin" lots of cookies in my mouth. 

Another important fact about today is that it is National Hair Day. Yep, that is correct! A National day celebrating hair. I have "messy hair don't care" days more times than I would like to admit simply because my workouts destroy my perfectly blown out hair. On most days, my hair is reminiscent of a lion who got caught outside in the pouring down rain who happen to be sitting next to an electrical socket. Through the years I have accepted the fact that my hair will look "festive" most days, and by that I mean up in ponytail. So today, I celebrate my locks.

Last, but certainly not least, today also marks an exciting day for The Z Beat Blog. I am excited to announce that The Z Beat is relaunching the Blog and social media platform today! The Z Beat has been a staple in the Zumba® Fitness community for the past almost five years! Jennifer Lauren did an amazing job creating this vibrant platform and community. Her articles, interviews, memes and advice have helped so many of us learn, grow and connect together. Once a brand ambassador for this site, I am now thrilled and honored to carry on the legacy of this community. We are in the process of adding new content, adding new brand ambassadors, subject matter experts, lining of partnerships, interviews and curating content. 

My excitement keeps me up at night and my passion and drive keeps it all going. I look forward to what is ahead, and I am thankful for the work, dedication, passion and heartfelt love that has been given to this site and community.  Please bookmark our blog! Find us on Facebook and friend us! Email us! Or call anytime 800.735.3124. We want to hear from you! Stay tuned for more to come....

Photo Credit:
1. Cookie Monster: Sesame Workshop announces Cookie Monster advice book, 'The Joy of Cookies' | EW.com

2. Photo credit 2/3: Danajill Bee Fit

Monday, May 1, 2017

Zumba Cruisin'!

Just back from the Zumba cruise and - wow! I thought I had met lots of Zenthusiasts before but this trip really brings the faithful together. Five nights of dancing in classes, great meals, dancing in the clubs, excursions at the port cities, dancing in the pools (and the hallways, shops, etc.), and all around good times.

We were at sea for 3ish days and in each port - Nassau, Bahamas and Cozumel, Mexico - for one day. Some people did adventurous things at the ports; I chose to get day passes at local resorts to enjoy peaceful beach time. Every evening you'd get a brochure called the Cruise Compass and it would tell you about all the activities the following day: rock climbing, Broadway-style shows, wine tastings, shopping specials - there was really something for everyone.

There was a whole separate print out just for the classes to be offered. There were a bazillion (technical term) classes offered each day, including Aqua, Toning, and Strong by Zumba. They were taught by all our favorite ZESs and international presenters, and it was amazing being surrounded by so much talent.

If you're thinking about the cruise for next year, you should go for it! There's plenty to do for non-Zumba fans (just in case you have a few in your life, gasp), though they should come prepared for thumping music and Zumbawear as far as the eye can see. One other thing to know is that because the pool deck is used primarily for classes, the pools are often closed or are the site of DJ-led dance parties, so the only time I was able to bring my daughter to the pool deck was super early in the morning. If you have kids who are expecting to swim all day every day, it's something to consider.

Here are some photos to give you a better taste of the experience.

Drinks on the balcony to our room before setting sail from Miami

Beto was everywhere! Even though there were thousands of people on the ship, it felt pretty intimate.

This is the set sail party - that's Wyclef Jean in the Zumba shirt (he's one of my favorite artists!). We also had performances from Shaggy and J. Perry.

There was a whole lot of Zumba in the sun on the pool deck (and in every other corner of the boat).

The ship was transformed into a Zumba wonderland!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Top 10 Things to Say to Someone in your Zumba Spot

We've all been there. Here are 10 ways to handle someone standing in your spot. I recommend printing a copy for your gym bag. :)

1. You must not be from around here. Let me show you around. We have some lovely vacant land over here by the fan. 

2. Don't say a word. Just stand RIGHT next to her. Avoid eye contact until she moves away.)

3. Oh, I actually have to use this spot. You see, I have this vision disease where I have to stand exactly this distance from the instructor. I'm sure you understand. 

4. You don't want to stand there. Big Mike stands over here and sweats all over the place. In fact, I'll take this spot to make sure no one else gets stuck here. 

5. (Send someone else over. Have him say, "You see that lady over there? This is her spot. I just wanted to wish you good luck." During this exchange, run your thumb across your neck in a threatening manner while staring in their direction.)

6. Oh good, someone else is in the demo spot for a change. I'm sure you'll be great at helping the instructor teach the moves. You know how to do one of those handstand twerk things, right?

7. Wow, no one has been brave enough to stand THERE since the ceiling collapse incident of 2014. I mean, I'm sure you'll be fine. 

8. (Walk toward him snapping your fingers as to start a dance battle, West Side Story-style. If he stands his ground until you get there, try some leaping kicks into the wind.)

9. I'm sorry, but I actually purchased this spot last year. Got a great deal in a foreclosure. I can grab the deed if you'd like to see it. 

10. Hi. My name is so-and-so. I'm a creature of habit and come to class every week, and really like standing in this spot. Would you mind moving over a few steps? I appreciate it! (...that's right, the nice and normal approach just might work!)

Sunday, March 26, 2017

3.1 Miles, and Setting Goals for YOU

Yep, it was just a 5K... but it was also my first road race AND my first full, uninterrupted  3.1 miles in close to two years. Oh, it was also my first time running outside and not on the treadmill with a baby staring/crying/in-need-of-rescuing/etc. I was worried about being able to finish because I had only run a handful of times in the last month. We were dealing with baby ear infections and colds (yes, plural) and sleep was hard to come by. And yes, I know that I could subscribe to a no excuses mantra, but... I don't. I think excuses in extreme moderation are realistic. Sometimes, you just have to prioritize things like, ya know, working so you can pay your bills.

Anyway, I did it! And to think, this time two years ago, I had just set a half marathon personal record. Not only that, but I was complaining about how I wasn't faster. It really has me thinking about setting goals that are right for you and meeting yourself where you're at. In March 2015, running 13.1 miles in less than 2 1/2 hours was my goal, and I did it and kind of moved on to the next thing. In March 2017, running 3.1 uninterrupted miles was a big goal and I feel great that I hit it. I'm taking time to celebrate it, and to appreciate each milestone I pass on the winding path to being my best self.

Gosh, that sounds cheesy. But it's truly how I'm feeling this week. Someone remind me of this the next time I beat myself up over something, mmk? Thanks.