It’s that time of year again!  Join us for the 2nd Annual Best of Zumba 2017 at Upload Fitness (formerly know as Pivotal Fitness) in Fort Lauderdale!

A full-hour of dance-fitness fun with Zumba’s best songs of 2017!!

FREE Complimentary class for non-members. Just let the front desk know you are attending the Best of Zumba and you are good to go.

Last year was a lot of fun… Let’s end the year again with great music, dance fun, and saying good-bye to 2017 with a bang!

 

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“I just don’t have time to workout!”  How many of us have said that before?  I sure know that I’m guilty of saying it and I’m pretty sure many others have too.  Ever wonder how people could spend 2+ hours in the gym without a care in the world?  No kids to run home to or pick up from school, no dinners to make, no emails to reply to and no assignments with end-of-day deadlines to provide.  Sounds like heaven, but realistically we all have some form of responsibilities that has to be taken care of and our priorities differ for everyone.

The good thing about fitness is that you don’t have to spend hours in the gym to get a complete workout… really, you don’t!  You don’t have to run on the treadmill for an hour to have an effective cardio session and you don’t have to lift heavy, heavy weights to build muscle.  There are so many options in fitness and it doesn’t require hours that you don’t have to get your workout in the day.  It just takes a effective exercises that gets your body and heart-rate moving… period.

Let’s start off with cardio… at least 30 min of cardio… that’s it!  Find an activity that gets your heart-rate up… and then back down… then back up again… and finally back down to where you started.  This could be a jog around the neighborhood or park, a group-fitness class like Zumba or just plain old jumping jacks and/or jump rope for 30 min.  Aim for 3 days a week (Let’s say Monday, Wednesday & Friday) where you can just focus on your heart rate and then you can get back to your daily routine of responsibilities.

Next is weight training. So many exercises you can do in just 30 min and you don’t have to target one body part at a time (like who has time for that?!?).  Grab some dumbbells or a medicine ball and combine 2 exercises in one.  For example, you can do a Squat and Overhead Press or Lunge and Bicep Curl just to give you some ideas.  Check out my video below of other ideas of exercises you can do that hits both upper body and lower body at the same time.  Aim for 2 days a week (Tuesday & Thursday) to start off with and complete each exercises with 3 sets of 15 reps.  Find a weight that you can hold during each movement and challenges you well.  Increase the weight as you become stronger.

By implementing just 30 min out of your busy day to get your workout in, you will see the changes over time so don’t give up!  Remember, a little bit goes a long way.

 

And another one! I’m sorry but I am just having way too much #fun making videos of my routines I use in my classes.  I tend to laugh at myself when I do something stupid or blank out for a milli-second and you might even see that in this video.

This video was recorded at Upload Fitness (formerly known as Pivotal Fitness) in Fort Lauderdale. Since the switch to the new owner, many changes have been made that makes my home gym now my most favorite gym starting off with the studio color. I mean how fun and energetic is that wall color? According to Empowered by Color‘s websites, “With magenta as your favorite color you seek harmony and balance in every aspect of your life; physically, emotionally and spiritually – magenta helps to release old patterns of thinking and behaving that no longer serve you, helping you to grow and move forward to greater balance.”  The website further states, “With magenta as your favorite color, you love to surround yourself with #beauty as it inspires your #creativity.”

No wonder I love this color so much!  Couldn’t describe me better than this which is probably why I was so drawn to the color when I first walked in.  Now my question is, what’s your favorite color?  What does your favorite color say about you? Check out Empower Yourself with Color Psychology to see what your favorite color describes about your personality and comment below with your answers!

 

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MOVE TO GIVE – A Special birthday Zumba Event at the one and only Youfit Health Clubs (West Boca)

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MOVE TO GIVE MORE!!! Collecting items for the victims of Hurricane Harvey (both humans & pets)!!!

Please join these fabulous Zumba instructors as we come together and help as much as we can for TEXAS!!!

Donate to dance with us Monday, September 25th at 6 pm.  Just show the front desk your receipt of your donation (suggested $5 donation) and dance for a great cause!!! Enter “Youfit”  in the Company Name field and dance for a great cause!!!
UnitedWayHouston.org/flood/flood-donation

Want to do more?!?! I’ll be collecting items (see list on image below) now until September 25th!!! You can donate the item at any of the location & times listed or contact me to meet elsewhere

BIG THANKS TO YOUFIT FOR OPENING THEIR FACILITIES FOR A GREAT CAUSE!!!

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Yes, it’s true… I can dance for hours & run for miles, but ask me to go to the gym to lift weights and I’m lost (and will probably end up in the group-fitness studio instead). It’s not my favorite activity and I’m sure many can relate.

If this sounds familiar, don’t give up! Find a friend who will push you and motivate you to hit the weights. I decided to turn to my friend, Bobby Jackson, who is a professional personal trainer and owner of The Custom Fitness Institute in Pompano Beach, FL. Personal trainers are trained to guide you and help you take your fitness to the next level.

First step to a personal training program should always be a Fitness Assessment. In this video, you will see what a Fitness Assessment is and the proper way to measure your body fat percentage & body mass index (BMI).

Wish me luck!

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Now here’s a little story I’ve got to tell, about 2 bad chinos you know so well… ha! (If you know the original rhyme, comment below for a chance to win a special prize from me!)

Well this China (a nickname my hubby calls me) decided to audition for a spot in the Fly Girl 101 session, led by the talented Lisa Marie, at this year’s Zumba® convention. In order to audition, you had to learn the routine she choreographed and add the 2 last counts of 8 of your own stylo to the song “I Wanna Sex You Up” by Color Me Badd…. what?!?! I was all in. I wanted to keep it real to my Miami roots, where graffiti is considered colorful art and bust out my gold hoops, nameplate, cross & chain I’ve had since the 90’s. The only thing is that Miami is 20 min for where I live now and the deadline was like tomorrow. Thank God for #FATVillage in downtown Fort Lauderdale where the art culture is blooming. I waited for Chino (my nickname for my hubby aka Jimmy) to come home from work Thursday evening and off we went to go film the video.

Now it was time to film. The sun was setting but man this weather lately has been super hot & humid so I didn’t want to take too long to record it. The idea was to keep it smooth but hit the movements to make it look clean. I am a bit of a perfectionist and did the routine a couple of times… well… more like several times before I was content with the final product. Jimmy saw them all the same and wanted to call it a day. But my eyes could see when my arms weren’t where they should be, or a movement wasn’t as strong as I wanted it to be. It was the last shot that I was like, ok… this is it… if it’s not “perfect” in my eyes, then there is nothing I can do about it because it’s hot, he’s hungry, and I’m getting tired. The last shot ended up being the one I submitted and most content with. Finally! Let’s go home.

Now time to edit! Not only did I edit the video to add my name and title of the video, I also edited the song to have a short intro and cut the right section of the song that I danced to. Took awhile but I enjoy editing (not always but this one was fun for me!) Uploaded it on YouTube and emailed it as instructed. I was excited more than I was nervous. It was fun to film something I could relate to, something that is totally me, and the style of dance I grew up dancing especially in Miami.

A week later is when I got the email saying, Congratulations FLY GIRL!!! What?!?! Honestly, tears of happiness came as I called Jimmy to share the good news. We did this together and together we celebrated. Now, I’m sharing the good news to my students and followers. Thanks to everyone who encouraged and believed in me. Can’t wait to share on what’s to come.

Make sure to like, follow & subscribe to follow my Fly Girl adventures.

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Welcome to lunasol vida! My name is Zule (ZZ) and I am a group-fitness instructor in South Florida who specializes in Zumba® & Mat Pilates. As some of you may know, I recently auditioned to be a Fly Girl for Lisa Marie’s Fly Girl 101 session at this year’s Zumba® Convention (ZinCon) happening July 27th – 30th in Orlando, FL. Follow me as I prepare and transform my fitness level to the best that I can be in hopes of influencing & motivating my students/followers in their own health & wellness journey.

Thank you to everyone who donated and participated in this charity event for Peru.  We featured and danced to some classic Peruvian songs while bringing awareness of the Peruvian culture.

The money we raised will be donated to Americares Relief Fund for Peru who have been providing medical care, shelter and food for the displaced Peruvians cause by the Peru Floods of 2017.  A million thanks to you all!

Here are some pics from the event!

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You’re invited to BAILETON ZUMBATHON® Charity Event for Peru happening Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM.  This is a 90 min Zumba® Charity Event dedicated to raising money for the displaced Peruvians who have lost their homes due to the devastating floods & mudslides that has killed many and destroyed thousands of homes.

100% Donations only event meaning you pay what you want to donate to Peru.

If you can’t attend but would still like to donate, please do so! Proceeds will be donated to Americares Relief Fund for Peru providing them medical care, food & clothing.

Get you ticket here>>> https://baileton-zumbathon-for-peru.eventbrite.com/

Donations will also be accepted at the door… SEE YOU THERE!!!

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