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How Zumba Has Changed Me

Zumba dance fitness health exercise change

I must admit that there were several times in the past that I was told how Zumba was going to change me but I just brushed the thought of it off thinking that there was no way I was going to try to find my rhythm again in my 40’s.

In high school, I was a cheerleader and I was good at learning the routines.  Picked them up rather quickly.  I was also very limber and could do the splits jumping into mid air and landing on a hard surface with ease.  If I tried that now, I am quite certain I would break my hoo-ha pelvic bone.

When I got older I went to the country bars and did the line dancing and kept up pretty well, even being 3 4 ok 5 sheets to the wind.  I also shook my booty in the night clubs and have always considered myself capable of maintaining a beat.

But as we get older, and for me, lazier, our bodies don’t move in our 40’s like they did in our teens and 20’s.  Especially when I had put on 50 pounds after having 3 babies.  I had my last baby almost 4 years ago and I am still carrying around 24 of those 50 pounds.

My friend and workout partner, Heather, kept telling me about these Zumba classes and how we should start going to them.  So finally, after much convincing, I went and wrote about my first experience here.

Now, I am happy to say that it has become somewhat of an addiction for me.  So much so that I am quite certain my husband thinks I have a boyfriend named Zumba.

The energy of the ladies who teach the particular classes I go to, is nothing short of AMAZING.  And by the end you’re sweating, huffing, puffing, cussing and feeling like your entire body has suddenly turned into a substance resembling that of jello.  But it’s well worth it.

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I will admit that the first few weeks were hard for me to keep up.  I was really sore and worked muscles that I didn’t even know existed.  I would watch the clock hoping for the hour to hurry up and be over.  And when the “cool down” song came on, I sighed a breath of relief and passed out on the floor.  And then immediately came home and soaked my aching muscles in a hot epsom salt bath.  Yes it really works.

But now, 26 pounds lighter, I find myself not watching the clock and actually having an element of surprise when the “cool down” song starts playing.  I leave feeling accomplished and full of endorphins.  I have actually now found it to be fun.  I never thought I would refer to exercise as fun.

Here are some little facts about Zumba:

  • One class can burn anywhere between 500-1000 calories.
  • I usually check my FitBit before I go into class and then once I am finished and I usually get anywhere between 5,000-7,000 steps per class.

(The above two facts of course are based on how much effort one and myself puts into the hour of class.)

  • The word Zumba comes from a Colombian word meaning β€œto move fast and have fun”
  • Approximately 10 million people participate in Zumba classes every week.  That’s a lot of people.  Don’t you want to be one of them?  You know you do!
  • Zumba is also highly recommended for the elderly as most moves are done at one’s own pace.  Believe me, you don’t have to be a professional dancer to attend a class.
  • Zumba is considered an interval training type of workout.  It uses music to set paces to fast and slow while also toning certain muscle groups.
  • Most people who attend say that their reason for keeping it up is because it is so FUN!

I can honestly say that Zumba has changed me.  It’s changed my body, my mind, my energy level, my confidence, and the all around balance in my life.  I can’t say enough good things about it.  And let’s face it…it’s so much more fun than walking on a treadmill.

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49 thoughts on “How Zumba Has Changed Me”

  1. If we simply redefine Zumba from “Colombian for move fast and have fun” to “Trista’s fast-moving, fun-loving Colombian boy toy”, it gives the post so many new meanings! But, it might also validate your husband’s fears. Probably best to leave it as is. Congratulations! And remember, I’m exercising vicariously through your Zumba. No slacking!

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    1. Lol. I seriously think sometimes my husband may wonder where I’m going πŸ˜‰ I’ve truly become addicted to the classes and will go twice a day sometimes and also do weight training. It was originally his idea to go to the gym but with his work schedule (5 on 5 off) apparently he says there’s no time.

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  2. I don’t know if you read my last fitness post but Zumba (on the Xbox) kicked my ass and not in a good way. I was in a really bad mood that day though so I don’t know if they may have played a part in my negative opinion of it, LOL! Maybe I will try it again down the road and make sure that I’m not irritable that day but for now I have another dance game that I enjoy more that goes at my pace. Do the classes break down the dances for you or do they just jump right into the dancing like the game does? Popping over from #bloggerclubuk

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    1. The girls who teach my classes are usually really easy to catch onto. Their energy makes me want to try harder. You should see if there’s a class in your area and try it out. I also have lucked out and found a few on YouTube. Thanks for popping over!

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      1. The classes they offer here are only at UMASS up the street and they’re only available to the students. Any others I would have to drive an hour away to get to. It’s okay though I will try to game again when I’m ready to give it another shot:)

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  3. Aw I miss Zumba – I haven’t done it since having my kids (so, I haven’t done it since 2012!) but I loved it. I danced (tap, ballet and modern) from the age of 3 and was a cheerleader at uni like you so, like you, it was easy for me to pick up routines. However, having danced in my living room since having two children, I can safely say that, like you, one song in and I’m huffing, puffing and sweating profusely! My stamina has disappeared! But this post has convinced me to try and get it back! Am off to Google Zumba classes near me πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing on #bestandworst

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    1. It’s truly something I’ve found to stick to working out. The energy in my classes makes it so much fun. I live in a very small town so I’m glad it’s available. Thanks for popping over and I hope you get a chance to get back into it.


  4. Yet another super-convincing post that I should try Zumba! I attempted a step class last week, and it was not for me. I actually ended up leaving bc I was frustrated I couldn’t keep up. (Sooo embarassing!) That’s what keeps me from Zumba. I did try a Zumba YouTube video, and it was hard and I was completely lost- lol! But maybe I chose one that was too advanced.

    It’s wonderful that you have found something you love so much and has amazing benefits for your health. Exercise can be addicting when you find what type motivates you the most. For me, the endorphins from running are my addiction. I only run once or twice a week because my knees end up hurting from it (maybe I have bad form or something). This was a great post, Triata! Super motivating!! xx πŸ™‚


    1. Yes I worked out hard yesterday and my body is letting me know it today so I am skipping my morning workout and will see how I feel later. I have a photo shoot of a family of 7 today (weather permitting) so it’s still going to be a busy day. I love to run too but being big breasted makes it hard sometimes lol.


    1. I encourage anyone to just try it at least once but really it took me a few times before falling in love with it. I also think it all depends on your instructors too. Their energy is what keeps me wanting to come back. Thanks for popping over!


  5. I used to be addicted to Zumba before I had my second daughter, 4-5 classes a week plus 2 yoga and 1 Bokwa.

    Now I use any excuse not to do exercise! You have just reminded me of all the reasons I need to get back to it and tone up and get fit again!!!

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  6. I’m so happy it’s had such a positive impact on you, I felt the same way when I found it. I lost about 30lbs after having my son doing it and then it helped me maintain the weightloss and my sanity. I can’t wait to get back to teaching, but trying to get in shape for it right now my body hates me.

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  7. That is really wonderful Trista! I’m so proud of all of the amazing work you have done. You have lost so much weight & have found such a happy place. I wish there was zumba here for me to try it sounds like so much fun!! #MG x

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  8. Wow go you with the weight loss! It’s great that not only are you getting fit but that you have something just for YOU that you can enjoy! I’ve still never given it a go but it looks like so much fun! Thanks for sharing! #mg

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  9. I have never tried Zumba!! Although I have a lot of friends that swear by it, but well done you for loosing 26lbs that is amazing!! Once I have had baby number two I may well be checking out our local class although I am not very good with coordination!! Thank you for joining us at #BloggerClubUK I hope you join us again this week x

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    1. It took me a few times of going to get the coordination of the moves down and they don’t constantly change the routines so I am able to learn them pretty well. Do try it again…try different instructors until you find one you really like.

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  10. i have heard some amazing things about Zumba and this just adds to it, I used o dance as a younger girl and I loved it so it would probably suit me too, I just need to get of my butt! Thanks for inspiring me and for linking up with #mg

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    1. I’m hoping my to reach my weight loss goal by the end of the year. Right now I’m stuck at 27 pounds so going to have to change things up a bit. But feeling great and determined! Get to a class! You won’t regret it!


    1. That is so awesome. My Zumba schedule has been ruined due to my kids soccer practices being on three different nights during the week. And all at the time the Zumba class is. But I still plan to get to the gym and get back on track!


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