Giveaway: Zumba Fitness Dance Party (and a reminder of why I hate the gym)
This morning, I wrote a rather dramatic post about trying to get back on the fitness “horse” — get ready for a whole bunch of horse analogies because I’m going to the Belmont Stakes this weekend! — and it is something I’m super serious about.
But said horses come in many stripes, and I keep on being reminded that my stripes are not gym colored.
Don’t get me wrong, I love group fitness classes — Zumba, yoga, etc — drop-in classes or even package deals at your favorite spots or with your favorite instructors. But the gym? Again and again, I’m questioning if it’s the place for me.
We’ve all been there — it can be SUPER hard to motivate ourselves to get to the gym — especially when we are out of practice. I motivate myself with promise of fun offbeat classes, and usually end up having a good workout AND a good time while I’m there.
When I’m in town and not at something work-related during those hours, I usually go to the nightly dance-fitness classes (Monday, it’s 2Fly, Tuesday, Caribbean Rhythms, Wednesday, Zumba) — they are always in the same room, and always the same time, so I suppose I’m rather easy to find. Last week, I was engaging in my habitual watching of the previous class – Body Shred — grimacing as I hope to embrace the benefits of the class via osmosis (you really break a sweat just watching, it’s that intense!) — when a trainer came over and introduced herself to me.
“Are you thinking of taking the class?” she asked.
“Oh…no…that doesn’t look very fun.”
(You see, I stand by my refusal to do NON-fun workouts. Circuit training and core bootcamp may be a blast for some of you, but I don’t like being yelled at, or made to cry. No thank you.)
“So what do you do at the gym?” she asks.
I tell her about my penchant for classes where I can bounce around to music and not really have any “rules” — with a sometimes-side dish of yoga-lates.
“I see,” she says. “What if I were to tell you I could show you how to maximize your time at the gym and get better results?”
“I kind of feel like my time is pretty max-tastic already.”
“I could help you tone up, lose those pounds, concentrate on the areas giving you the most problems.”
At this, I instantly had a flash back to the season 3 episode of Beverly Hills, 90210 (the original, the new one is dead to me), when the spa attendant told Kelly she would help her focus on her problem areas. We all know what happened after THAT.
(If you don’t, just stop reading. I can’t help you.)
I told her I really can’t afford a trainer — God knows the only reason I can do the gym is because I had gotten a free membership in a gift bag! — but it was nice to meet her. Then, like a crack dealer with supplies needing demand, she offered a free session just so I would see what I’ve been missing.
“And it’s fun?” I say, knowing it isn’t, but just messing with her. “Parts are!”
Thank God, my class began, and I made my getaway.
Until today. When I’m leaving tonight’s class and she finds me asking if I was done thinking yet!
Lady, I overthink everything, and you haven’t made onto the agenda yet.
(To myself, I said this. I am not rude.)
I refrain, and reiterate that I’m much more of a class girl. She asks for my number so she can text me about some specials she has coming up, and then asks me when I’ll be in next so she can look for me and we can “explore my options” — why can’t a single sexy man ever be this stringent in his pursuit?
Anyway. I find myself, now, hesitant to go back to the gym, just because I don’t want to be harassed — she’s not the first trainer to stalk me. My very first day there, someone took my body fat percentage and essentially told me I was a heart attack waiting to happen and needed him before I needed a stretcher. But I find him oddly less bothersome than this one!
It’s hard enough some days to motivate oneself to get off the couch and head to the gym: what if you had to worry about being bullied and harassed by one of the staff personal trainers whenever you’re inside the facility? It makes you want to not go at all. Or go somewhere you feel comfortable. And for me, it’s no longer this gym.
Zumba, though — it’s where I always feel right. As I tried to go the trainer (who can’t understand no!) – I enjoy the fitness without judgement. I love that I go into a room, and I just keep moving, and by the end of the class, I’ve accidentally gotten a great workout and sometimes even made some friends! And it’s why I keep coming back — just maybe no longer at this location! You don’t have to be a good dancer, you don’t have to plank just right or burpee the best — go ahead, try salsa-ing left when everyone else was cha cha-ing right. No one will judge you. Or talk to you about your PROBLEM AREAS. And that’s why I love it.
And what I also love about Zumba is that you don’t necessarily need to be in a class to do it — though that’s super fun and like a giant dance party! — but you can take it with you. I’ve traveled with the Zumba DVDs, and now that Universal Music and Zumba Fitness recently released “Zumba Fitness Dance Party” – a collection of music that combines hits from some of UM’s hottest artists like Lady Gaga,Will.I.Am and LMFAO, with original Zumba Fitness tracks featuring rhythms from around the world, I have the option to listen to it and dance along anywhere. A lot of these are tunes played in my classes — but if I’m out with the girls in the park and we are hanging out, we can have an impromptu dance-off. (Yes, my ladies and I likely to do such things more often than you’d imagine.)
1. Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe
2. Zumba Fitness – El Amor, El Amor
3. Lady Gaga – Marry The Night
4. Zumba Fitness – Caipirinha
5. LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett & GoonRock – Party Rock Anthem
6. Zumba Fitness – Zumba Mami
7. Taio Cruz – Dynamite
8. Zumba Fitness – Mi Vecina
9. The Wanted – Glad You Came
10. Zumba Fitness – Sweet Girl
11. will.i.am featuring Eva Simons – This Is Love
12. Zumba Fitness – Pa’la Discoteka A Bailar
The songs are really good to just LISTEN to, though, even if you don’t necessarily feel like dancing. (Though I bet they make you want to!) – and so, I have 5 of these CDs to give away, and I really hope some of you find the same motivation in them I do. To be one of my 5 Zumba Fitness Dance Party CD winners, please comment below or tweet me at @AlyWalansky (make sure you are following!) and tell me why your workout of choice (whatever it is) IS your workout of choice. I’d love to learn! Deadline to enter is June 15. Good luck!
(And wish ME luck, because I’m scheduled to go back to the gym for the pop-centric spin class tomorrow night, and now I’m a little scared!)