Your First Zumba Class: What You Should Expect

We’ve already written about the health benefits of Zumba. Now its time to take the first step and answer the all important question: what should I expect at my first ever Zumba class? Our guide provides you with suggestions about what to bring, what to expect &  tips to make your first Zumba outing a successful one.

      1. What to bring?

  • Towel: Expect to sweat a lot, so keep it close by
  • Comfortable, movable clothes (shirt and track pants/shorts are fine)
  • Water bottle: to be sipped when you get that handy 30-60second break!
  • Sneakers/Shoes: Ones with decent ankle support and have a good grip as you will move a lot
  • A friend (if possible), so you feel less at ease and can motivate each other
You WILL sweat it out, so pack a towel & some water

      2. What to Expect

  • Duration: 60-75minutes per class including stretching to warm-ups and cooldown (ie: to ease your tired muscles)
  • Trained instructors: The instructor we spoke to was well qualified, and has been teaching Zumba for 5 years, so he was well versed to answer all questions in a professional manner.
  • A varied workout: For example, you may do 30 jumping jacks & then switch to push ups or squats based on the type of music which is pumping through the speakers.
  • The classes are priced from Rs. 400 per class, which is a great option if you’re not sure if you can commit to Zumba on a long-term basis, or you just want to ‘give it a try’
  • Equipment: These are usually provided by the class, so grab yourself a mat, some free weights (1kgX2 is recommended for beginners) and get going
Zumba classes frequently use 1kg dumbbells

         3. Our Advice

  • Go early on the first day: Introduce yourself to the instructor and/or a few other classmates. Chances are they are just as nervous as you are!
  • Watch the Instructor: Grab a spot in the middle or back of the room where you can clearly see the instructor, this lets you perform the moves correctly without the pressure of being in the front and making mistakes.
  • Move at your own pace:What you put into Zumba= What you can get out of it. The classes can be  pretty intense, so if you are struggling, don’t be afraid to slow down and take a quick water break.
  • Spot the regulars: If you lose the rhythm (and you probably will), check out the regulars; they are the ones who are hitting the moves with precision so you can always look to them to ensure that you’re getting the correct technique and getting the most of your Zumba workout.
  • Enjoy it: Although a few lot of us were struggling at the 45 minute mark, but we caught each others eye and laughed it off, determined to finish off the set
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Spot the regular members in case you lose rhythm

Bottom Line: Follow these suggestions and don’t stress: the point of Zumba is to relax & have a fun workout. For more information about Zumba classes in Sri Lanka, check out this official link.

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Gym Etiquette: 10 Annoying People you Encounter at the Gym

1. Mr/Ms ‘Selfie’: If you don’t have to face this person at least once during your time at the gym, be grateful. This particular person struts around like a peacock and flexes their muscles (or abs), looking into the mirror as they take a selfie. This post is usually accompanied by hashtags such as #gymlife #workingout.

gym selfie

2. The smelly one: Arguably, the worst of them all, sometimes people just go to the gym and they smell… really bad. Its a big put off so here’s a tip:  spray on a little deodarant and make things a little easier for the rest of those who are working out.

3. The shouter: Grunting is quite common at the gym when you’re striving to finish a rep or a set. However, excessive grunting is just plain annoying. There is no need to bring attention to yourself.

4. The person who throws down weights: This particular individual is annoying for 3 reasons: they damage the equipment (usually dumbbells), they damage the floor & there is a remote possibility of someone accidentally getting hit by a stray dumbell.

5. The excessive sweater: Its perfectly normal to sweat during a gym session. However, if you are one of those who don’t wipe down after using the machine, learn. Certain gyms have a policy which requires you to bring a towel. Not only is it disgusting for the next person who uses the equipment, but excessive sweat makes benches and weights more slippery.

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Wipe down gym equipment after you’re done using it

6. Being untidy: Depending on what kind of gym you go to, some of them have gym lockers while some may only a bench/hanging rack dedicated to storing a gym bag. Please don’t annoy people by spreading your gear (towels, gloves, water bottle, spare  clothes etc) all over. Its a basic thing, but you store your items in a way that it doesn’t bother other gym members.

7. The person who uses their mobile phone: This person is usually quite loud on their cellphone, this ensures that everyone nearby can hear their conversation. To some extent you can get away with a short phone call, but try and minimize your volume so that it doesn’t disturb everyone else’s concentration. Same goes for those who pump up the volume on their phones/mp3 players: if we can hear you, its too loud for you and for us.

8. Mr. ‘I’m using this equipment for the last 20 minutes’ : Certain gym members like to hold on to gym equipment for excessive amounts of time. Usually coupled with no.5, this individual does one set on a say, the barbells, keeps his/her towel on the machine, takes off for 5 minutes and repeats this at process at least 3 times. When the gym is crowded, this is absolutely unacceptable as other individuals will be looking to use the machine. If this is you, be aware & be considerate next time. 

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Don’t keep using gym equipment for too long, especially if its a popular machine

9. The one with unnecessary advice: This type of individual acts like a trainer, when in reality he’s just one of the crowd. Unless you are a professional trainer, you shouldn’t mess try and give advice to people if they don’t ask for it. This involves topics such as pre and post workout foods, best exercises for specific muscles and diet tips.

10. The excessive talker: This particular individual uses the gym to socialize. Depending on the person, use a little common sense: Short, one word answers (or the presence of earphones) usually indicates that people are trying to focus on their workout, some other people may like to engage in a conversation as human’s are social beings. If nobody wants to talk, don’t take it personally.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Inspiring Women in the Spotlight on International Women’s Day

International Women’s day falls today, March 8th. Therefore, it makes sense to celebrate the lives of inspiring women from all around the globe. Have a look at our infographic and answer this question in the comments:  ‘Which Woman in your life inspires you?’ Spread the good news and share this infographic with everyone you know!

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