Oh yes! I’m a licensed Zumba instructor after completing a 2-full day Basic 1 Instructor Training course with Zumba®. I know it must seem pretty absurb for someone like myself who doesn’t have a trimmed tummy with flat abs or tone body. My fitness journey has only just started not too long ago. Being a licensed Zumba instructor was just one of my goals of staying committed to exercise,weaving in fitness into my lifestyle and encouraging others to pursue similar fitness goals to stay healthy.
Five months ago, I was not-too-fit girl who dislikes exercising and waking out of bed to hit the gym. I mean, why do people even run on the treadmill? It was sort of like a brainless and monotonous activity to me and I couldn’t even understand why people just love going to the gym to lift weights and perform their crunches and sit-ups. But now I do because right now, I am one of those gym fanatics who can’t stop going to the gym for work-outs. Lifting weights while looking at myself in the mirror and doing squats with the dumbbells could be such a pleasurable and adrenaline-pumping activity for me right now. Why? Because you just can’t help feeling that you are growing stronger each day. Now, I totally understand the mentality of bodybuilders and superman-lookalike guys who love watching themselves in the mirror doing the biceps curls and shoulder presses. It’s cool and addictive.
But the biggest drawing factor for me in the gym is the group classes. To date, I could say that I’ve tried almost all the different classes in the gym and I do enjoy all the yoga, pilates, Zumba and Les Mills classes so far but the classes which I look forward every week are the dance classes which requires alot of concentration of the mind and body. Like what my instructor would always say, dancing is like a memory game. And the very fact that it works somehow like a ‘game’, I find it really enticing, fun and challenging at the same time.
For some very strange reasons, I kind of regretted not taking up any dance classes or trainings when I was much younger so that I could learn how to become a better dancer. I kind of knew that I love to dance since I was 13 years old, but I chose to focus on singing and underwent courses, trainings and competitions to groom myself up to become a better singer. As for now, I do felt a little too old to pursue my interests in dancing professionally. Though it may take me years to be trained professionally as a dancer, but at least, I knew I had to pursue my passion – like, right now before it’s all too late. I might not know how things might turn out later but I just want to keep doing what I love before my passion for it dies out.
But there comes the next question, what type of dance would I like to focus on? Hip-hop or street jazz? Which dance style works best for me? I couldn’t decide.Since I couldn’t come to a decision, I thought maybe I should go for Zumba which is latin-inspired dance fitness class that incorporates mainly Latin music. Since there isn’t any Zumba dance training course, I went for the Zumba Instructor course, thinking that I could probably learn a thing or two about Zumba and how to do the right Zumba moves.
You must be thinking that we would spent hours and hours dancing our socks off right? But no. This training programme also has a lecture component where we were taught about the objectives and basics of Zumba and how Zumba became popular. The information shared by David wasn’t available on print or online sites so I find his sharing and lectures really informative,valuable and useful.We also get to learn how to choreograph dance moves as well as the Zumba class format and structure.