How I discover Zumba and why I am still loving it after over 10 years of teaching it

I am super passionate about health and fitness. I spend lot of time searching for the new trends and ideas that come out. In 2006, I found a DVD set on amazon and ordered it. It was Zumba’s first dvd set, Beto, the creator of Zumba couldn’t even speak English. He only spoke Spanish on the dvd. I loved it right away. My bellydance and fitness background made me feel like Zumba was the perfect combination for me. There was nothing like it on the market and its not a surprise Zumba became such a popular dance fitness revolution because it blends so many styles of music.

The following winter, in 2007, I saw a Zumba teacher training at a Can Fit Pro conference in Montreal. I registered right away and did my training in Montreal with Beto himself. When I started teaching Zumba, I realized how much people loved it. The music variety and the fitness aspect disguised into a dance party were the perfect combination. Over the years Zumba expended it’s musical repertoire a lot. At first it was mainly latino music; Salsa, Batchata, Merengue, Cumbia, Quedradita, Reggeaton, Calypso, Samba… Since then, many new styles of music have been added, from Funk to Afro- Cuban, Brazilian, Flamenco, Bellydance, Hip Hop, Jazz, Tango, to name a few. I have now been teaching Zumba for over 10 years. I taught Zumba to seniors, in high schools, in elementary schools, for fundraisers, for university students; I love that it get so many people together that simply have a love for music and moving. Dance is also good for your brain to, it increases coordination, balance, agility. On top of being good for your brain and body of course it feels so good for the soul. Each time I teach a class, it brings much joy and happiness to me and the participants. I often hear people telling me how they didn’t feel good before coming to class and how the class completely changed their moods. In the last fews years I’ve been enjoying adding more pop songs into my Zumba repertoire. I love that we can relate to a song we hear on the radio and can sing to it. I you feel intimidated by a Zumba class, just know that its purpose its simply to move. There is no right and wrong, and no dance show to perform to. You are only there to move your body, sweat and smile. The advice I give to participants its to start from the ground up; try to do the steps, then add the hips, the arms, then the hands. Make sure you add your special flare to it, after all we all have different bodies and we all move differently. Simply have fun and move your body!!!

A fews Zumba videos I took over the years. Hope you enjoy!

https://youtu.be/dnxGpPlIdC8

https://youtu.be/ben7pjvqSfA

https://youtu.be/iBf5qyG16ec

https://youtu.be/gGJ4_opCLuI

https://youtu.be/4Dv-8YWqKBc

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You can also check this article: Bellydance help understand how your hips and torso can move; 5 basic movement explain. Simply click here.

Inspirational Person: Lorena Beutler and her love for Zumba

Inspirational Person: Lorena Beutler and her love for Zumba

Why do I want to feature an inspirational person in my newsletter?

I want to feature people like Lorena who have crossed my path and touched my life, inspiring me toward greatness. Too many of us fail to see greatness in ourselves. Somehow, it doesn’t seem to matter what we have achieved; we often need others to point out to us how we excel. People display “greatness” by their attitude, their lifestyle, their choices, their actions… I want to recognize the people in my life who lead by example.

How did I meet Lorena?

I’ve met Lorena years ago when I was teaching Zumba at V.I. Fitness. She came to my class and I kept looking at her while teaching. She definitely knows how to move and dance. We introduce after class and she was so kind to me. Lorena is so modest and seems to want to uplift other people. She is so kind with her words and is an amazing instructor. She teaches Zumba and Strong by Zumba at Northridge and Vancouver Island University. Enjoy reading!

What motivates you to exercise?
My motivation is that I definitely enjoy the instant gratification that I get when exercising that causes me to feel more energized, positive, happier and less stressed.

What activity/workout do you prefer?
I love Zumba, Zumba is so much fun is a workout in disguised.. When doing Zumba you totally forget you are actually working out as it feels you are in a party….It is impossible to leave with a big smile at the end of the class… is a fitness class for everyone… Zumba has become an activity I really look forward to teach every week.

What is your biggest accomplishment?
Started losing weight doing Zumba (check my Zumba bundle). I started loving fitness and after a year and a half  of being a Zumba participant myself, I finally became a Licence  Zumba Fitness  instructor and then became a BCRPA Group fitness leader.

What is your superpower?
I think is just being myself God made me the way I am for a reason.

What is your favourite cheat treat?
I look forward to my family pizza night

What is your favourite dish/recipe?
I will say “Tostadas de Salpicon” (is a Beef flank or Skirt steak salad on a toasted corn tortilla) It is so easy to make and so healthy.How to make: Mix the following ingredients  in a small bowl lime juice, oregano, black pepper, a bit of salt and olive oil then add the beef flank previously. Cook and shredded into threads. Add 2 potatoes previously cooked and cut in small squares, chopped fresh tomato, chopped fresh onion. Chopped radishes, chopped cilantro and mix all together once all mixed add finely chopped lettuce and a chopped fresh avocado. And Mix. All again… serve on a tostada !!!!

What are your goals and dreams?
My Goal is just to live my life to the fullest until my last breath…

Advice for a newbie?
Do not worry about what everybody else is doing you will get distracted from what you are doing, What sets you apart and what makes you “unique” Use other people’s achievements as a motivation but keep your focus on being your own person and reaching your own goals!!

 

Gabriola island Inspirational Person: Lois Caldwell fit at seventy

Gabriola island Inspirational Person: Lois Caldwell fit at seventy

Why do I want to feature an inspirational person in my newsletter?

I want to feature people like Lois who have crossed my path and touched my life, inspiring me toward greatness. Too many of us fail to see greatness in ourselves. Somehow, it doesn’t seem to matter what we have achieved; we often need others to point out to us how we excel. People display “greatness” by their attitude, their lifestyle, their choices, their actions… I want to recognize the people in my life who lead by example.

How did I meet Lois?

When Lois first told me her age I was simply shocked. Seriously 70 years old, glowing, beautiful, vibrant and she could shake her body like a young one in Zumba (check my Zumba bundle). Lois has made such an amazing contribution to my Zumba classes on Gabriola island. You can see how much fun she has and she has been so supportive of what I do. So I am grateful to have her in my classes and to get to see her spend time smiling, dancing and having fun! She is also doing my 8 weeks online program and has been slimming down. She is so inspiring!

What motivates you to exercise?
I’m motivated to exercise because I want to have a healthy lifestyle and I afraid of the negative effect it would have on my body if I stopped.

What activity/workout do you prefer?
I’ve tried many different exercises but my favourite ones right now are the Tabata 6 Minute Workout, Vero’s 30 Minute Workout (both part of the 8 week online program) and Zumba.  These combined exercises have resulted in a difference in my waistline……..Yahoo!

What is your biggest accomplishment?
I don’t know if I’ve had any big accomplishments but one of them would have to be raising my beautiful and successful daughter.  Others may be the challenges I’ve had with different exercise goals.

What is your superpower?
If I have a superpower it may be my ability to evaluate people, but that may be because of my many  years working in Human Resources.  I like to motivate people so maybe that could be called a superpower.

What is your favourite cheat treat?
New York cheesecake is one of my favourite cheat treats or a Magnum ice cream sandwich.

What is your favourite dish/recipe?
My favourite dish is anything with a noodle and my favourite quick and easy dish is Punta Nesca.

What are your goals and dreams?
This may sound corny but my biggest goal is to grow old as physically fit as possible. At 70 years old, I feel I’m living the dream.  I’m happy and content with who I am and where I am.

Advice for a newbie?
My advise to Newbe’s is find peace within, exercise, and laugh…..your face needs exercise too!

Inspirational Person: Julie Fournier

Inspirational Person: Julie Fournier

Why do I want to feature an inspirational person in my newsletter?

I want to feature people like Julie who have crossed my path and touched my life, inspiring me toward greatness. Too many of us fail to see greatness in ourselves. Somehow, it doesn’t seem to matter what we have achieved; we often need others to point out to us how we excel. People display “greatness” by their attitude, their lifestyle, their choices, their actions… I want to recognize the people in my life who lead by example.

How did I meet Julie?

When I had a position in Gaspe as a weight training-room coordinator I shared an office with Julie Fournier, physical education teacher and group fitness instructor; I was impressed by how many people followed her group classes. She quickly became a friend in this new town. Julie is very dear to me because she is so energetic, funny, sensitive and present for you. She is all you could be looking for in a good friend. We started teaching Zumba together in 2005 (check my Zumba bundle), wow is it that long ago already? It has been such a pleasure to know her and I have to admit that I really miss her. I wish for her to come soon to visit me on Vancouver Island. Julie just celebrated her 40th anniversary and I gave her the 8-week online program as a gift. It is nice to still be connected to her that way.

What motivates you to exercise?
I just celebrated my 40th birthday and I want to stay in shape for my personal health but also to be able to work as a Physical Education teacher for as long as I can.

What activity/workout do you prefer?
Zumba and all the different group classes.

What is your biggest accomplishment?
Even though I was really shy at first I decided to take a training course to become a Group Fitness instructor and to brave my shyness.

What is your superpower?
My sense of humor I believe

What is your favourite cheat treat?
Chocolate

What is your favourite dish/recipe?
Pasta: lasagna, spaghetti,

What are your goals and dreams?
I want to run a 10 km and to stay healthy as I grow old

Advice for a newbie?
One day at the time, this little train can go far…

Nanaimo Inspirational Person: Bhumika Mehta from Writer Eats

Nanaimo Inspirational Person: Bhumika Mehta from Writer Eats

Why do I want to feature an inspirational person in my newsletter?

I want to feature people like Bhumika who have crossed my path and touched my life, inspiring me toward greatness. Too many of us fail to see greatness in ourselves. Somehow, it doesn’t seem to matter what we have achieved; we often need others to point out to us how we excel. People display “greatness” by their attitude, their lifestyle, their choices, their actions… I want to recognize the people in my life who lead by example.

How did I meet Bhumika?

I had met Bhumika in the fall of 2014 at VIU. She came to my Zumba classes. I admired how well she moved and happy she was. We crossed path again last year and she informed me about her new blogging project; the Writer Eats. I really like her blog and have been impressed by how professional it looks and the content of it. She even became a Zumba instructor and came with me on Gabriola island to teach her first Zumba class. I also asked her to sub my Bootcamp classes at University when I was on a road trip. I am really happy to feature her as an inspirational person, because she has been motivating especially with my online presence.

Meet Bhumika

 

What motivates you to exercise?
I love my body and try to love it every single day. I feel happy and if I am
stressed, working out definitely makes me feel much better about myself. Plus, I love gains!

What activity/workout do you prefer?
I prefer weight training, zumba and want to improve on some body weight training.

What is your biggest accomplishment?
I have made it so far in life, and every experience has made me better and wiser. I also find it an accomplishment to have lovely people in my life who support me as it is not very easy to find. In terms of fitness, my biggest accomplishment is getting over my obsessive need to be thin and loving working with weights.

What is your favorite dish/recipe? 
I have so many, I had to think for a long time to bring it down to two haha- vegan taco rice bowl w/ tahini dressing, thai inspired chicken with rice and veggies!

What is your cheat treat?
Ice cream and/or pizza or bubble tea would be my go to.

What are your goals and dreams?
I want to help people eat healthier without the notion that eating healthy is boring. I also want them to feel as happy as I do with healthy eating.

Advice for a newbie?
We all start with some confusion, but trust me; you will get better and better and will never regret exercising. Find what makes you happily look forward to working out. Take care of your body inside out. Eat well. Do your best. Love yourself. Never give up. Remember: 80% food, 20% workout= 100% healthy happy self.
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