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Zumba fitness teaches us to let go and enjoy the moment!

We are grateful for Zumba and the escape it provides us, but we more grateful for our supportive students who make it all worth while. Each and everyone of you should really strive to use the one hour Zumba class to let go of inhibitions,  cares,  worries, and stress and just let the music and movement overcome your body! It isn’t about looking cute when you dance,  trying to copy our movements exactly, or anyone else’s. It is about having one hour of you time, where you can be completely consumed by music and dance.  It is about forgetting  the hectic lives we lead!  Below is a paragraph describing the Zumba program from Z-life magazine that sums it up for us.
“Zumba class feels like an hour of living in the moment, and it is. In time, though, it becomes more than just an hour-long activity, it becomes a lifelong endeavor. The Zumba program is about expressing ourselves exactly as we are and loving every moment of what we do. Sure, there are steps to follow, shifts in rhythm, the warming up and the cooling down. But it teaches us and our students how to let go and enjoy. We let go in Zumba class and learn to let go in life. These are the moments when we feel most alive; and for these moments, we feel gratitude.”
We are grateful for all of you and then energy you give us in class!  If you haven’t come to one of our classes yet, here is a free coupon.

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How can excercising with a friend be helpful?


Exercising with a friend ‘helps to lose more weight’

Exercising with a friend is better than going to the gym alone because the competition helps people lose weight, according to a new study.

Dr. Larry Cheskin of Johns Hopkins Medicine answered:

Exercising with a friend comes with a side benefit: you’ll be more likely to do it. If not, you will be disappointing someone else by breaking the appointment. This is a form of accountability, and a good way to remember and carry through on your commitment to enhance your fitness and your health.

Also, exercising with a friend can provide distraction and good company for what might otherwise be a more boring task.  Depending on the relationship and relative level of exercise ability of you and your friend, there can also be the benefit of support, encouragement, and even a little healthy competition!

With that answer, why don’t you call a friend you haven’t seen for a long time and kick off your summer workout with Aimee and Darlene on Memorial Day at the Kick your Shoes off Zumba party at Studio 138?  If you haven’t been to the studio before, your first class is free.


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We love our Zumba students

Thank you to each and every one of you who joins us in class at Studio 138 or the Mel Korum YMCA.  Each of your individual energy  makes each class special.  Zumba is about the people and we are so grateful everyday that you all take time to come and join us in class!  We love getting to know all of you.  The relationships we have built over the last 2 1/2 years are remarkable.  So whether you are new to us or been coming to class for over 2 years, thanks!!  Remember your first class at Studio 138 is free.

Aimee and Darlenezumba

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Benefits of Zumba

We hope you join us in class soon.  Aimee and Darlene are at the Mel Korum YMCA M/W at 5:30 a.m. and Thursdays at 4:30 p.m.  We are at Studio 138 on M/T/Th at 9:30 a.m.  You can always try our class at Studio 138 for free.  So what do you have to lose?   Read this great article about the benefits of Zumba class.  We will help you reach your full fitness potential.  We even have shimmy skirts for everyone to borrow in class and disco balls. Come join our party!
benefits of zumba classBENEFITS OF ……ZUMBA® Fitness


  1. People have reported losing weight doing Zumba, combined with a sensible and well-balanced nutrition plan; this combination can have astonishing results. (Through Zumba, I’ve lost 26 lbs this past year, inches and have changed my clothes size.)
  2. Zumba is a great fat burning workout. Calories burned will differ from person to person depending on their fitness level and the intensity put forth. Calories burned during one hour of Zumba have been estimated to be anywhere from 400 to 850.
  3. It is a workout using dance steps that are easy to follow in a truly fun and party-like atmosphere. It can leave a person with a “feel good” sensation, which helps to lessen your stress. (Zumba is GROUP FITNESS.)
  4. It is a fantastic core workout. Zumba uses moves during the workout that target the abs and back to increase flexibility and strength as well as to tone & sculpt the torso.
  5. Zumba also has the potential to reshape all parts of the body, including the arms, hips, heart, and mind.
  6. This workout provides for a great sweat workout without even realizing you are exercising. It is exercise in disguise!
  7. Zumba also provides for great interval training for great cardio vascular benefits.

What is a Zumba Fitness class like? It contains exciting dance party atmosphere full of Latin and international music. You’ll forget you’re working out with the simple moves to dance music like Merengue, Cha Cha, Salsa, Flamenca, Reggaeton, Rumba and more. Best of all, you don’t need any previous dance experience!

It’s fun and effective, using interval training combining fast and slow rhythms for an effective aerobic workout while at the same time targetting the legs, abs, glutes and arms.

The workout is basically a watch and follow routine. The moves are repeated often enough for you to catch on and they’re not complicated. The routines are repeated week after week with additions every now and then to spice things up even more!

According to the Zumba website, “Zumba combines high energy and motivating music with unique moves and combinations that allow the Zumba participants to dance away their worries. It is based on the principle that a workout should be ‘FUN AND EASY TO DO’ in order for Zumba participants to stick to the Zumba fitness program to achieve long-term health benefits. Zumba is not only great for the body, but it is also great for the mind. It is a ‘feel happy’ workout.”

Zumba is very infectious and is definitely the latest, most exciting fitness sensation! What a fun way to workout to lose weight or just become a healthier new you – you’ll love the results. Be sure to bring your family and friends to be a part of the Zumba Fitness party!

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Advantages of Zumba Class



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For music and dance lovers, Zumba is a workout that combines dance moves, the latest Latin beats and physical exercise. Zumba originated in Columbia by fitness instructor Alberto “Beto” Perez. Perez forgot his regular fitness tapes for a class and had to use the Latin-inspired music tapes in his backpack. The music was extremely popular and marked the beginning of Zumba fitness. The group fitness class provides a variety of health benefits. Find classes at your local YMCA, gym or community center.

Full-body Workout

When participating in a Zumba class, your entire body gets a workout. Unlike lifting weights, where specific body parts are the focus, all muscles move and become toned while you are performing Zumba. The aerobic workout increases your heart rate, often for a full hour.



Fun and Upbeat

Dancing and music are motivating to many. People describe Zumba as a fun and upbeat group fitness class. Most routines are repeated for each class, with slight variations added. Dance moves are based on salsa and meringue. Cardiovascular exercise increases feel-good endorphins, which are released in high amounts when dancing and listening to music.


While participating in Zumba, you are not dancing alone. Group fitness has a variety of benefits, one of which is the social component. You meet new friends who can motivate you to continue taking the class. Working out with others increases your accountability and adherence to attending the class.

Stress Relief

Dancing in Zumba class relieves mental stress and anxiety. According to, exercise decreases your mind’s preoccupation with your daily worries and you begin to focus and concentrate on your exercise moves. Not only does the exercise decrease stress and improve your mood, but also the music eases your mind. Regular exercise also improves your sleep.


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“Don’t judge each day …

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.”

Just keep going and don’t give up!

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