Friday Fun w/ 21-15-9

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    • leg kickbacks with opposite arm raise (each side)
    • bent over dumbbell row
    • oblique side bend (each side)

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

Here’s our base workout for the day, but I’m curious to know what you add to it. My ‘plus’ today was doing 3 pull-ups before each round of exercises (I’m trying to build back up to a higher number!). I also usually practice between 30-60 minutes of my Zumba routines for practice and cardio whenever I can, even if it’s just around the house when I’m cleaning or getting ready to go somewhere. (Although I don’t recommend doing that too often, I usually end up having to rush out only half ready!)

And for our Friday Challenge this week (I think it’s been a while….oops!), I challenge everyone to think of  a bad habit you’d like to give up or a positive change you’d like to make and start planning the steps to make it happen. I’ve recently been doing more research on foods and have been reminded why I chose to be so strict several years ago with the foods I was eating. We all need reminders now and again and I have fallen back into some bad habits the last couple months. But no more!


With that being said, my “bad habit” that I’m giving up is going to be cheese….I know, I know, that was half of the ‘Plus’ of Paleo Plus! But after being reminded of why I committed to being Paleo to begin with, I have to make the change. It’s not going to be easy, but it’s a little better each day. (I’ll report more when I write a post specifically about why I decided to completely give it up.)

What change are you going to make?


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!

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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!

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!


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??

Happy (Fit) Mother’s Day!

Staying fit takes a lot of work, I don’t think many would argue that point. Being fit and trying to inspire others to live out their goals of being healthy is something else. But, being a healthy and fit mom while trying to keep your kids healthy and active is a full-time job in and of itself!

A lot of people like to reminisce about “when we were young” and kids used to play more. I was part of that last generational wave of kids who would hop on their bikes and disappear for hours with a group of friends. We’d play dodgeball and run relay races until I heard my dad’s whistle piercing the neighborhood, signaling us to come home. Children don’t do that anymore today, or at least not as much. Nowadays, these technologically savvy kids are more likely to sit down in front of a video game system or a tablet and play Minecraft or take hundreds of selfies that use up the entire memory card.

 We’re in an age now where parents have to focus on keeping their children active and healthy to avoid problems with childhood obesity and all the consequences that accompany it. Thankfully, as a society, we are becoming more aware of the adverse effects of processed foods and the like, but that doesn’t make it any easier with busy schedules, working parents, and the accessibility of those types of foods.

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So, in honor of Mother’s Day and the spirit of keeping not only adults, but also the children we love, healthy and fit, my daughter and I hosted Mother’s Day Zumba this morning! Part of our daily chore list at home is a physical activity of some sort and we sure got our workout in! Lots of sweat, lots of fun, and an impromptu dance performance by the little girls at the end of class!

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Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful moms out there! Keep being your amazing selves while raising amazing kids at the same time!

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!

Join the Party!

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Two classes in and I’m already totally in love with being a Zumba instructor! Being able to share something that has brought me not only a lot of laughter and smiles, but also helped tone and tighten my body in ways that weightlifting couldn’t have is very important to me. It’s such a fun and energetic way to workout! Plus, there’s a bond created with everyone in the class! There are times when you can feel yourself wearing down and getting tired, but you see the woman next to you giving it her all and it pushes you to work that much harder when, in reality, she thinks you’re the one pushing her!

I can’t wait for this weekend! Come join us!