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My Fitness Obsession: Zumba Fun

6 Jul

So, I have a little secret. A few of my friends know about this about me, but I don’t think they know how serious it is. They mention it from time to time, but they don’t realize it has turned into an obsession. I’m addicted to Zumba.

Wow, it’s so nice to have that off my chest! I can proudly scream it from the rooftops now. I am addicted to Zumba, and I don’t care who knows it. For those of you who don’t know what Zumba is, let me explain. Zumba is an exhilarating, effective, easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired, calorie-burning dance fitness-party that’s moving millions of people toward joy and health. In real-people terms, it is like spending an hour at the best club in your life sans booze.

Now that you know what Zumba is, let’s start the countdown of my favorite things about Zumba … which will ultimately make you sign up to try it yourself!

1. As I mentioned above, your one-hour class is literally like stepping in the most happening club of your life, sans all the negative stuff like the smoky atmosphere, obnoxious men trying to hit on you and the spilled drinks that always seem to land on your perfect party heels.

Zumba at My Way Fitness in Oldsmar

2. You get to super silly! In fact, the sillier, the better. There are no bosses or professionals critique your moves. There is no judgment. There is only fun and laughter in this space. I often feel like a kid again after a few dances! When was the last time you danced like no one was watching? Now go ahead and show us the Roger Rabbit!

3. This fitness activity comes with the most amazing wardrobe. I mean, you don’t have to buy the Zumba clothes, but I highly recommend it. First, I swear I have way more swagger to my moves when I’m wearing the Zumba-approved gear. That could be just in my head, but I think I look like a backup dancer to 50 Cent. Plus, the pants dry really quickly so you don’t drive home with a wet bottom. That’s important to me!

The Zumba Gear

4. I have made the best friends in Zumba … friends that are now very dear to my heart. We call each other the Fly Girls, because us gals get in front of the whole class for at least dance per class in “In Living Color” style. We text each other, making sure we are all going to be at class each night, and we all support each other throughout the week. These girls have the best hearts, and I’m lucky that they let me crash class each week.

Some of Us Fly Girls

5. The music is amazing! While my class does a few Latin-based dances, my favorite ones are the hip-hop versions. We also do some flashback songs like “Grease: You’re the One that I Want” and “Let’s Hear it for the Boys.” You just can’t help smiling and singing along during that kind of music. It really makes the hour just fly right by.

6. I have the best Zumba instructor on the planet! And I’m not even exaggerating in the slightest. Tiffany has the warmest heart and biggest energy in the little package I have ever seen. She cares about all the girls who come to class, she gives us challenges to take our fun to the next level and she makes me want to do a GREAT job in class. Tiffany inspires me to give it my all, and she is the reason that I love Zumba as much as I do! Thank you, Tiffany.

Meet My Instructor, Tiffany!

7. Zumba is a great stress relief for me. After a long day with a million things on my mind, and another million on my plate for the next day, I can’t wait to take one hour and just let loose. It is one hour that I get to act crazy and silly, and there are days that I certainly need that.

8. Lastly, let’s talk about the results. I have certainly noticed a different in my own body, and several people from class have also noticed results. I get to dance and lose weight? Now that’s a no brainer!

And that my feet are tapping from the Zumba songs playing in my head, I can’t wait to get back to class at My Way Fitness in Oldsmar. I’ll be counting down to Tuesday, when I get to see my Fly Girls again.

And that’s life in a nutshell … working out is great for you, but Zumba is good for my heart too.



Shake What Your Momma Gave You: Zumba

23 Nov

As most of you know, PoppaNut and I opened a gym in August … and we have been working super hard to open a second location to host group-fitness classes in. Well, as of November 21, our second location is now open! Located off Tampa Road in Oldsmar, FL, My Way Fitness now offers an array of fitness classes to complement the gym experience.

PoppaNut has been working around the clock to get this ready to open. The space originally had a putt-putt golf course made out of concrete in there. So, demolition was necessary! That along with a million other little projects made the deadline to open nearly impossible. But, PoppaNut’s determination wouldn’t let him stop until everything was perfect. And it completely paid off. The space is beautiful! And I couldn’t be more proud of him!

Zumba was the first class in this new space, and it was amazing. I hadn’t tried Zumba before, but I had always wanted to. I was a cheerleader in high school, and dancing used to be a passion of mine. But with work and life, I haven’t danced in while (unless you count line dancing at a country bar!).

So, with my new tennis shoes in tow, I joined the Zumba class, and I had a complete blast. Muscles I didn’t even know I had hurt now. You really work up a sweat, but you have so much fun with the dancing, that you don’t even seem to mind. With the music blaring and everyone busting a move, you forget the reason you are there is for exercise. You almost think you are in some remake of “Step Up.”

If you haven’t tried Zumba before, you certainly should. The moves are pretty easy to follow, and it is truly a lot of fun. And there are all different age groups and skill levels, so you are bound to find someone to watch if you are a bit unsure of the moves. You can check out the gym’s website for class schedules at www.mywayfitness24-7.com.

And that’s life in a nutshell … don’t be afraid to try something new. You might just find a new passion!


My Way Fitness 24/7

16 Aug

PoppaNut is officially a gym owner! That’s right … PoppaNut took over Anytime Fitness and started a new gym called My Way Fitness 24/7, and I can’t tell you how proud I am of him.

When PoppaNut and I first started dating, he talked about owning his own gym. It had always been a dream of his, and it’s amazing watching that dream come true!

Our friend, Brad, designed the logo, a big group of us spent a Saturday painting and it officially opened as My Way Fitness on August 12, 2011.

I’ve started designing the website … it still needs some work but you can see it at www.mywayfitness24-7.com. If you have a testimonial you would like me to add to the website, just shoot me a comment and I’ll send you my email address. Here are some photos so you can see what the new gym looks like!

And that’s life in a nutshell … seeing your best friend get everything in life he always wanted is unforgettable!


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