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by Kristen Rohde (subscribe)
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Published September 14th 2011
The air is still heavy from hard work and perspiration as we all slowly make our way to collect drink bottles and towels. It was one tough hour, but as we recover I look around the room to find smiles on everyone's faces. Why? Because this workout didn't feel like an hour, it only felt like twenty minutes.

It didn't include mundane aerobics routines or undoable dance moves. We didn't get lost in the workout but we didn't feel like we weren't doing enough. Despite what some may think, it's not impossible to find a simple workout that can cater for everyone's needs. With Zumba though, you can guarantee a total body workout that is easy to follow and make you sweat. This is what I discovered when I attended my first class.

Sure, I was hesitant at the start as I know that I'm not the most coordinated person in the world. I thought about shows such as So You Think You Can Dance and envisioned all these sexy Latin dance moves—hip shaking, belly rolling, intricate arm movements—and instantly doubted I would be able to achieve anything from this hour. Once we got started I realised how wrong I was.

Our instructor Charli got us on the floor and moving straight away. It was something like I'd never done before. I was a little discouraged as I watched Charli up the front looking good whilst doing every move, while I felt myself failing miserably. This was until I decided it was okay to laugh at myself and that I wasn't supposed to be a pro from the start! Where's the fun in that?

It's something that gets the heart rate up, makes you sweat and alternates between high pace and slow routines, so you're not out of breath the whole time. The routines are never short of stacks of fun either which leads you to forget you're even working out. All it really is, is a group of people getting together and having fun dancing. The weight loss and health benefits are just a bonus.

The best thing too is that there are Zumba classes all over Adelaide so you're sure to find one nearby. Just don't be discouraged if you don't get it in the first lesson—it's meant to be fun and nobody expects you to be a pro.
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