Zumba Instructor Training was amazing. We trained with Tanya Beardsley - if you know Zumba, you know Tanya. Check her out; she’s all over youtube and in Zumba videos, etc., etc. She is amazing. 10 years of Zumba dancing does great things for the body.
Before I start, let me just say that I’m really proud of myself that I went through with training and am now a certified fitness instructor. I never imagined that I’d be saying that. I never would have had the confidence to even go out and do something like that if it were not for my journey to loving myself and my body and incorporating health and fitness into my lifestyle. I am a completely different person than I was 1.5 years ago, and I love the person I’m becoming. A fitness instructor? I would have slapped you. And look at me now. :)
So, I packed my lunch (see above) and snapped a quick photo of myself before running out the door (again- see above!) at 7AM on Saturday to get to training, which was about an hour away at a 24 Hour Fitness gym. We got there, signed up, and from the moment we got there until 6:30PM when we left, it was Zumba, Zumba, Zumba. We had a master class in the morning, then did drills, learned about the 4 basic rhythms and how to perform the steps to them, learned about the music, the theory and history of Zumba, how to create your first class, etc.
Getting to spend time around someone so talented really inspired me; if I could eventually someday make a room light on fire like Tanya can, that would be.. well.. nothing short of amazing. That last photo is a crappy phone picture of Tanya and myself after the entire day of jumping around and sweating (I did even have to change my clothing because the sweat was making me too chilly every time I stopped dancing.) To sum up the day’s experience, it made me way more excited about Zumba and I believe in it even more than I did when I got there. :)
Sunday morning I woke up in so much pain. Like, I can never get myself to feel that sore no matter how much I work out and beat myself up in the gym! My back is still sore, even though it’s Wednesday. But, my soreness did not keep me from going to an 11:30AM class on Sunday and teaching two songs (YAY! I was sooo nervous, but did really well and now teaching doesn’t make me nervous anymore.. I love it!) — and THEN after Sunday’s class we all went to a local park and participated in a Zumba flash mob/demonstration at a Septemberfest event that was taking place.
So. Much. Zumba.
I did manage to rest on Monday, which is admittedly very hard for me to do. Tuesday (last night) I went to a Zumba class, handed in my paperwork to start subbing in and teaching entire classes at my YMCA. Tonight I’m meeting with the instructor that coordinates the schedule to discuss being added as an instructor! Sooo exciting!! And, my mom is even coming to tonight’s class, as I’ll be teaching a few songs tonight as well. :)
This got super long. All-in-all, Zumba training was super tough, but super amazing. I’m basically on the fast track to teaching at my YMCA and absolutely love it so much! Get ready for another post later today about my purchase of Zumba apparel that arrived yesterday. :D