Monday, December 7, 2009

Zumba Stole My Soul


I love trying new things. I say this in reference to experiences.


So there I was in the gym the other day looking over the class schedule.


Now mind you, although I joined this awesome gym back in August, I have yet to take a class.


Why? you ask. Well, it's like this....children!


As most Mommies know, when it comes to scheduling your day, it's a crap shoot. Let's face it, if something doesn't spill at the breakfast table, your day is off to a good start. If you make it out the door without someone declaring they have to pee; they already peed in their pants; or something is stuck in their zipper (and it's not a shirt); you have in essence had a miracle bestowed upon you.


So when Hubby told me he was taking off on Monday, I jumped at the chance to become Jane Fonda for a day.


Since I've always loved to dance, I decided to give the Zumba Class a try. Set to Latin music, this class combines dance and exercise for an hour of exciting caloric burn.


"Did I just say that out loud?"


What I can tell you is despite what you may have been able to do with your body when you were young- things change!

So there I was in the middle of the studio surrounded by women twice my age, who thought it would be nice to share their stories about how hot flashes work, and how 2 out of 10 were experiencing one that very moment.

"Good Lord, I thought. "Someone call 911!"

I'm trained in CPR, but I really had no plans of testing out those skills during Zumba.

Well, as the story goes: "Never judge a book by it's cover."

I don't know what supplements these ladies take every morning, but sadly I have to report that they were in better shape than myself. I've never seen anything like it in my life since the 80's when the movie Cocoon became a big hit.

I was stuck right in the middle of some cosmic geriatric conundrum. I watched as these older women swayed side to side demonstrating the Charleston with unfounded Super Powers, while I gasped for air with a load of kryptonite on my back.

When the girls informed me that Zumba is an hour long class rather than the 45 minutes I expected, I felt my heart skip a beat. Despite my CPR training, I had never learned to perform it on myself.

The words: "You did it ladies, you're done!" came none to soon. Suddenly angels were playing harps, and I regained consciousness.

I received many pats on the back from the troops who watched in amazement my stunning finish. I'm sure they each secretly called Vegas and placed bets on whether that finish would really occur.

And so, I have just six days to recover before I do it all again.

"What you ask, why would I do such a thing?"

Well it's like this...children!"

If this class gives me the energy that some of those other women have; I should have this Mommy thing down in oh, 18 years.

"Zumba, you stole my soul, but not my spirit!"

8 comments:

Eva Gallant said...

What a great post!

ethelmaepotter! said...

Your imagery is right on the money - you had me thinking of Coccoon even before you mentioned it!
Great, hilarious post. I hope your body learns how to keep up with hot flashing ladies!

Caution Flag said...

That was fun, but I'm glad it was you in the class reporting to us so I don't have to experience it firsthand. I would be dead. Do they offer Zumba at the remedial level?

Confessions From A Working Mom said...

I have never tried Zumba (for similar reasons to you-- my daughter!) but I did teach cardio-funk aerobics (think hip hop) when I was in college... and you are right, the older the attendee, the higher their energy level. It must be that hormone replacement therapy...

~Elizabeth
http://confessionsfromaworkingmom.blogspot.com

Missy said...

Too funny!
I love Zumba. I need to get back to doing it.


Stopping in from SITS.

Kimmy C said...

I have heard so much about Zumba and really want to try it! My 9 year old even got to try it at school and loved it! Now if I could find time between 3 kids, work, blogging and my regular workout!

Visiting from SITS.

butterfliesinmyhand said...

Our local YMCA has about 4 or 5 Zumba classes a week and usually during child watch hours so moms can drop off their screaming kids and get a "mommy break" and do Zumba.

It's FUN!!!

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