Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Is it ZINtuition?

Have you seen this article on Pop Sugar called "Here's Why Zumba Works for So Many Women"? I clicked the link to it out of curiosity and was glad I did. First, here are the reasons the article cites for why Zumba works:

1. The choreography isn't too complicated.
2. You'll build coordination.
3. It's easy to go at your own pace.
4. You'll leave feeling refreshed.

What struck me about these things is that, at least the first three, are not the result of things that are required by the Zumba Home Office - you don't necessarily learn them in B1 as required and explicit parts of the program. And, if I'm being honest, I have occasionally seen instructors go overboard with complicated moves that nobody can get or by pushing students too hard beyond their comfort levels.

But, for the most part, we just know what students want... we know the choreo has to be fun and quick to pick up. We know students come to class to get energized, not beat up. We know that it takes time to find one's rhythm and that every student is different.

I think it's pretty cool that this article picked up on things about Zumba that we mostly do intuitively as a community of instructors. So, thanks Pop Sugar!

P.S. The article links to this GIF of Mindy Kaling that cracks me up. That's actually how I looked during my very first Zumba class.

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