Jammin’ with Jackie

You know what’s even better than regular Zumba? Having a jam session with another crazy talented Zumba instructor! Jackie is the instructor who helped me come out of my shell when I was first attending classes, and now I’m jamming with her and sharing routines. Dreams really do come true!

Jam with Jackie Collage

I’ve been volunteer teaching while on vacation this summer and it’s been a blast and a wonderful learning experience. It’s difficult to go into someone else’s class and take over with new music and new routines. But you just gotta keep smiling and dancing and hope that your class loves your routines as much as you do!

The key to success is letting your love of dance, fitness, and Zumba show because the class will feed off of your energy. If you don’t love the routine, chances are your participants won’t either. I choose music that gets me pumped up every time I hear it! As the instructor, I take pride in putting a playlist together that has me saying “Oh, I love this one!” every time a new song starts because I know that I’m going to put my all into every step.

Thanks Jackie, and happy Zumba-ing to everyone out there!

Dancer Countdown

Big news today! I’ve been invited to be the Zumba guest instructor at a local outdoor health clinic this afternoon. Sharing my love of health and fitness through dance and music is a gift and I’m so excited for the event! Let’s get ready with this Dancer’s Countdown workout:

  • 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1
    • lateral dumbbell raise
    • tippy toe squats
    • backward lunges
    • oblique side bend (each side)
    • leg kickback on forearms (each side)

Confused about any of these exercises? Check out Fitness in a Minute to find out!

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Have fun today and I’ll post more about Zumba tomorrow!

Dancers Workout

Regardless of whether or not you dance, the strength required to be a good dancer is undeniable. Most of a dancer’s power will come from having a strong core. So even if you don’t plan on stepping onto a dance floor, having a tighter core is never a bad thing!

  • 7 pushup burpees
    • 14 toe tap plank (each side)
    • 21 tippy toe squats
    • 14 oblique twist squat with weight
    • 21 sumo deadlift high pull
    • 14 half squat row
    • 21 bicep curl squat
  • 7 pushup burpees

Confused about any of these exercises? Check out Fitness in a Minute to find out!

Added bonus: try a new Zumba routine!

Zumbathon 2016

Welcome back! What an exhausting but fun-filled Memorial Day weekend.

I had the privilege of joining over 40 other incredibly talented Zumba instructors by participating in the Mid Valley Family YMCA Zumbathon. Two hours of music, dancing, sweating, and smiles! The YMCA was able to raise quite a bit of money for a great cause, and we were able to help people on the path to better health. I love being a part of the Zumba community!

Surf

With the Zumbathon following right behind the LA Salsa Congress, hitting the beach for some surf and relaxation was a must. My kids and I had cartwheel contests and played football. In general, just enjoyed our day off together before they get through the last stretch of school. I’ve got some big plans for the summer so hopefully they can keep up! But for the next two weeks at least, it’s business as usual and back to the work week.

How was your weekend??

Dancer Workout

For anyone who may to new to Zumba or dancing, or returning after being out of the scene for a while, here’s a good workout to start building some muscles that you’ll be using frequently. After entering the dancing world, I’ve definitely learned the importance of core strength. Without it, it’s harder to not only do the moves, but to keep your balance, especially during turns or tricky maneuvers.

This is a jumping point to strengthen those much-used muscles!

  • 6 burpees/pushup burpees
    • 12 dumbbell lateral raise
    • 12 tippy toe squats
    • 12 bicep curl lunges
    • 12 standing oblique twist w/ dumbbells
    • 12 shoulder press squats
  • Repeat 3 times!

Friday Challenge for this weekend is easy: laugh. Laughter really is a cure for stress and sadness. Turn a bad day or unhappy mood into something fun and memorable. Whether it’s with a good friend, or just looking through silly photos on your own, find a moment to laugh and smile. Enjoy the life that you’ve been given!