Zumba may sound fun, but…

Barbara Vey -- February 8th, 2008


After the Love is Murder conference, I headed to St. Louis to visit my son and his family.  Imagine my delight to not only feast my eyes on my grandchildren, but also see the temperature soar to 80 degrees (of course, I’d left the house with my winter coat, scarf, and gloves).  After shedding several layers, I basked in the warm sunlight and got nice and toasty clear to my bones.

This was short lived as the thermometer plummeted to more seasonable temps.  To keep warm, my daughter-in-law took me to several of her YMCA fitness classes (or torture sessions as I like to call them).  Topping the list was Zumba, which I thought sounded fun (really…just say Zumba, Zumba, it makes you smile).  That is, until the music starts.  They should have called it by its real name, Lunge Hell.  I never realized there were so many different ways to lunge for an hour including using a thick rubber band item that you stretch across both ankles and then try to spread your legs while making your way across the floor (think the total opposite of the ballet).  I finished the class only because there was an 88 year old man who was making me look bad.  I do have some pride although you probably couldn’t see it past my sweaty, red face.


I was all set to go home on Thursday, but luckily found out about the huge winter storm that blasted Milwaukee.  Yes, I’m a big, old chicken when it comes to driving in snow, sleet and most miserable weather.  I consider myself a good driver, but it’s those other idiots out there.  So, today I’ll hit the road hoping for a sunny day with blue skies.  As always, I’m looking for my happily ever after.

Bottom Line:   Give me a good book about a snowstorm and I’ll be glad to read it on a sunny beach with an umbrella in my drink…hold the ice.

Almost forgot that it’s Friday.  Please let us know what you’ve been reading this week.  I’ve been too busy sweating.

61 thoughts on “Zumba may sound fun, but…

  1. Lynda/LighthouseLady

    Barb I am glad you survived the Zumba…never too old to learn new things! Better you then me. Just glad you had a good safe trip. As for reading books about snow while sitting on a sunny beach with that drink of yours…a MUST read is Snowfall at Willow Lake by Susan Wiggs. Outstanding. I am now reading The Secret Between us by Barbara Delinksy..she always does a great job.

  2. mary s

    Thanks Barb–your blog always makes me smile! The Zumba description was just too great to visualize–couldn’t stop laughing!! Keep up the good work! I have Isabella Rossellini’s notes for you. Sold your ticket to a wonderful woman waiting in line for a single ticket–OK with the ticket counter.

  3. Lesa Holstine

    I finished a debut mystery, Pushing Up Daisies by Rosemary Harris, and Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah. Since I’m about the same age as Hannah’s characters, I appreciated the music and culture of the book more than some reviewers. Now, I’m reading Cool in Tucson, the first book in a new mystery series by Elizabeth Gunn, and an ARC of Comfort Food by Kate Jacobs. Lesa Holstine, http://www.lesasbookcritiques.blogspot.com

  4. Ann Macela

    Hi, I finished Nina Bangs’ One Bite Stand, am in the middle of Leslie Langtry’s Guns Will Keep Us Together, the second in her series, and about to start JoAnn Ross’s Freefall.

  5. Christy

    Barb, I really hate that I missed that Zumba class!!!! And I hope that you had a safe trip home!!! I just finished reading my very first Judith McNaught book, the 700+ page masterpiece Whitney, My Love. Loved, loved, loved it!!!!

  6. Jody

    After reading boring articles about business archives for class I just started Karen Harper historical THE LAST PRINCESS OF WALES. Its a fictional account of Joan, the Fair Maid of Kent who falls in love with the Black Prince Edward (elder son of Edward III) but goes through a lot for love to take fruition. A great read despite some historical time manipulations.

  7. cacjames

    I really does depend in the instructor. Zumba is not a class for lunges. It is about dancing while incorporating fitness moves. I am horrified by your experience, sorry it was so negative. You should try another one, it really is fun.

  8. Barbara Vey

    Cacjames, my experience wasn’t horrible, it’s that my body hates it when I try to get it to do unnatural things. :) My daughter-in-law loves the class and judging by the crowded room, it’s very popular.

  9. Stop Right There

    ZUmba is not about using tubes or doing lunges at ALL! It is a dance fitness class. The content of it should be merengue, salsa, samba, cumbia, bellydance, reggaeton, flamenco, and other authentic culturally accurate dances of the world. I wonder what in the world your instructor was doing. Give Zumba another chance s omeplace else!

  10. KmcGre0108@aol.com

    As an old school fitness instructor of Pilates and yoga I am horrified at what I see happening to bodies in a Zumba class. It is unconsciounable that the ballastic fexing and extension of the spine movements that are practiced in Zumba are presented as “fitness.” People could hurt themselves especially in the lower back doing the class. Build core muscles sensibly and do a structured cardio workout. Zumba is garbage in my opinion!!

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