Basic steps to put some zoom in my Zumba?
September 19, 2012 4:43 AM Subscribe
I'm a dude, pushing 40, relatively uncoordinated with very little rhythm, and taking a Zumba class. Can you assign me some homework?
posted by Shepherd to health & fitness (16 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
First: I'm not tremendously stressed about this -- no pep talks required!
But I took my first Zumba class (with my wife) last night, and as the only guy in the course (and according to the instructor the only guy to ever take the course) I feel a little more stand-outish than the other of people in the group.
I'm also not exactly somebody with an innate sense of rhythm and movement. Other than learning the hand jive for a high school production of Grease, I've never learned how to dance.
So the class was fun, but I found myself feeling cloddish and baffled trying to figure out where the feet should go. I'm also going to miss the next two weeks due to a vacation, so I'll be coming back to a situation where even the other beginners are quite a bit more advanced than me.
What would you recommend to either learn some basic steps, or just generally improve my ability to -- I dunno, shift my weight and hop rhythmically? DVDs? A Web site? Books? An app? Again, I'm going on vacation for a couple of weeks, but I wouldn't mind spending 15-30 minutes a day jigging around in a hotel room.
I'm in relatively good shape -- running, ergometer, occasional weights. Fitness isn't a concern, but coordination and basic dance skills definitely are.