Wednesday, January 8, 2020

While Teaching A Class, These are Our Thoughts

If you ever wonder what a Zumba® Fitness Instructor thinks about while teaching a class, you have come to the right place. The myriad of thoughts that pass through our heads range from being completely lost in the music, focusing on choreography, and thinking about someone in class all the way to weird and extremely random thoughts. Just the other day I was astounded by the number of people that were wearing bright orange shirts in class and I found myself doing calculations in my head on the actual percentage of people wearing the same color (yes while we were dancing). The weird thing is that all of the bright orange shirts were on the right side of the room, but I digress.

Some other more prevalent things that pass through my head often revolve around choreography, the music, a personal connection or honestly something personal like an injury, illness or the fact that I may be starving or thirsty. 
  • I always wonder if people are happy, having fun, enjoying the workout ๐Ÿ˜€.
  • I often wonder if when my sweat flies if it is going to hit someone in the front row ๐Ÿ˜‚.
  • The other day someone yawned while jumping and I was trying to figure out how that was physically possible ๐Ÿ˜‰.
  • Sometimes I am so engrossed in the choreography I think about absolutely nothing at all outside of the pure joy of the moment๐Ÿ’—.
  • Often times I focus on someone who is smiling or doing something unique and fantastic (we have a lot of individual styles in class which is beyond AMAZING)๐Ÿ‘!
  • Occasionally I wonder what move is next, and if I can't remember I try to decide if I am going to step touch and clap or do a V-step.
  • There are those moments I am dyyyyyyyying of thirst and I truly wonder if I am going to make it through.
  • Every once in a while when I am up in the air jumping I wonder what is going to happen to my injured leg when I land and I try to make accommodations for averting a disaster. 
  • Sometimes I look at the clock and wish there was another hour left to dance! (Who am I kidding, not sometimes, ALL the time)
  • Sometimes I wonder if the person standing outside the door looking in wants to come in and dance, or I wonder if they are just looking for someone.
  • I watch in admiration as my Zumba® peeps KILL it and take over while I lead and think about how much I ๐Ÿ’— them.
  • Sometimes I literally STOP in my tracks and watch everyone dance and it makes my heart swell with joy.
  • I wonder when I bring a new song if people like it or hate it (although most times I know they will like it after a week or two).
  • When I play an old song, I wonder if people are sick of it, or find comfort in something familiar. 
  • The list is really endless...and I could on for days and days...
Most importantly, there isn't a class that goes by that I hope everyone in the room knows the impact and difference they are making in their own lives through physical fitness, and the lives of others by making personal connections, smiling, laughing, having fun and showing up. 

Zumba® Fitness is so much more than great music and dancing. It is about community. It is about finding your tribe and knowing that for one hour WHATEVER you are thinking about (or not thinking about) it is an escape from the "real world". It is an opportunity to reset and find that pocket of happiness that comes along with each and every class. 

Article Written by: Dana
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