When I first heard this song, I couldn’t wait to add it to my playlist for my Zumba® class. Sure Zumba® can be high-energy and a non-stop exhilarating hour-long workout, but it’s also good to bring the heart rate down after it’s been up for a couple of energetic songs.  It helps the heart become stronger and build it’s endurance.

Plus, I enjoy when my students can actually learn some dance moves and then add their own flavor to it.  I want my students to dance with me and feel like they can master learning choreo so they can practice it on their own.  No one wants to feel lost all the time, at least I don’t like to.  Once you learn the choreo and hear the song in class, you can dance to it and feel good that you got the choreo down packed.  Then it’s time for a new song, new choreo, and new dance moves to learn.  Learning never stops. Dancing to new rhythms should never stop as well.

I wonder what style of dance or genre of music will be next.  I guess you have to stick around to find out 🙂

To find out my class schedule, go to my Zumba website for all the details!  Hope to see you soon!

ZZ


“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.

 

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!

ZZ

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.