Getting back in shape with Zumba!

I’ve seen quite a few of these commercials about Zumba Fitness and as you may have noticed in a previous post, I’m into new fitness crazes!  So off I go – I’m going to try to lose my pregnancy weight by working out with Zumba.  At home, of course.  I don’t think I’m ready for a class with other people watching yet!  I’ve got 10 definite pounds to lose, 20 if I really want to do it right and fit into all my pre-pregnancy clothes.  I’ll bet you do that too – have a real weight loss goal and then one that would be just alright! 

So I tried the intro and basic DVD for Zumba over the past weekend.  At least I borrowed it from my sister and didn’t jump in and buy the box set without knowing if I’d like it.  Progress!  Anyway, who knew I was SO out of shape after just 9 months of pregnancy.  I can’t believe my inability to move!  I used to be quite active and able to do these types of workouts.  2-3 hours of singles tennis w/hubby was nothing.  Not anymore.  Sigh.  Why am I telling this silly little story about Zumba?  Because I was doing just fine with the instructors teaching the steps in “Easy Step” 1, 2, 3 format at first.  I even tried to do the dance with them in the first demo before they broke it down.  Though my husband thinks I’m not that great of a dancer (he’s supposedly the good dancer of the 2 of us, but that’s another post), I think I’m pretty good at following along with these steps and routines.  Hey, I was terrific at my step aerobics classes back in the day!  I have witnesses!  (That’s you, Andrea and Ariane!)  But back to my story . . .

I got to this one salsa type step and I did it just fine along with them on the initial demo.  But then they had to break it down.  And I swear they added another step in the breakdown that’s not there in the version that’s up to tempo!  How come I can do it fast but not slow?  All of a sudden I remembered one of my old piano teachers, Dr. Strouse, telling me that if you can’t perform it correctly slowly then it doesn’t matter if you can do it fast.  Oh the memories. 

Believe me, I started to just fast forward the DVD to the next step, but I felt myself needing to conquer it!  I also felt myself breathing hard and sweating profusely, but that’s to be expected when all you did was walk slowly as your form of exercise for almost a year.  Did I mention that I was pregnant just a few short months ago?  Why did I need to conquer Easy Step 2, darn it?!  And why did I have to do it over and over again to get it right slow when I could do it correctly at the right tempo without thinking?  You might be thinking that I didn’t really have it right on the fast version.  I thought that too but quickly dispelled that ridiculous thought!  Ha!  I told myself – you must master this, you can’t let it beat you, not on your first time out trying this Zumba Fitness craze. 

Alas, I found that I was doing a slightly different version of the correct step and just needed to make a very small, minor, insignificant adjustment to get it right.  Perseverance!  I read a sign once that said perseverance is sticking to something you’re not stuck on.  There it is, so deep, so true.  So I wasn’t stuck on repeating the same darn step so many times, but I stuck to it.  The real question is, will I be able to do it right (fast or slow) when I turn on that DVD again???  Yes, it’s been a couple days . . . okay, 4 days, but who is counting?  Did I mention I was pregnant?  The baby is here now and she takes quite a bit of my attention  .  .  . excuses, excuses.  Smile. 

If you’re wondering where the moral is in this one, or the big insight, I’m not sure there is one – I just wanted to get back to writing this blog and this is what was on my mind the past couple days!


Nicole Hancock Husband is an attorney and Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (“CPCC”). Nicole graduated from Howard University School of Law in 1996 with a Juris Doctorate and from Ohio State University in 1993 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration, with a Finance/International Studies double major and Spanish minor.