This year’s International Dance Day landed on a Monday when I only teach STRONG by Zumba and not Zumba.  So with the new #ZumbaBreaks campaign, I decided to do just that… break into a Zumba song in the middle of their workout!  They had no idea so it was a surprise.

Mind you, I have learned that those who love STRONG by Zumba are not fond of Zumba.  They are not dance lovers, but more HIIT lovers (High Intensity Interval Training) so you can only imagine what they felt when they heard that we were going to dance. I’m sure some wanted to kill me… but one song won’t kill them!

Thanks everyone for being such great sports. ❤️

During the day, I am a realtor who helps clients buy, sell and even rent homes.  Working with so many different personalities, it can become a bit stressful.  I find that ending my day with a workout helps me get my mind off of work and back to myself and my health.  I also find that I am not alone.

I also teach fitness classes at night (STRONG by Zumba & Zumba) and have learned that many of my students have their own kind of stress.  Some are college students, some work in an office all day, some may have been laid off, have their own problems at work/home, and some are super moms and dads who play every role a human can play and more. The variety of stress levels are endless, but the one thing we have in common is that we choose fitness to deal with our stress.

Whatever your day may look like, whatever problems you may have, whatever negative feelings you are feeling… taking a fitness class helps make the stress go away during that one-hour you dedicate to yourself.  Once you finish your workout, your endorphins kicks in and you begin to feel good about yourself naturally.  It’s a win-win situation.

Remember, the harder the workout is, the more you feel a sense of accomplishment when you complete it.  End result, self-esteem goes up, mood is positive and you leave feeling like you can overcome any obstacle that comes your way because your stress level went back down again.  This is how you deal with stress the fit way.

ZZ of SoFlo


What is STRONG by Zumba? Well, it definitely isn’t a dance class. It is a High Intensity Interval Training workout also known in the fitness world as HIIT. Where does Zumba fit into the equation? Zumba reverse-engineered each song to match the moves and intensity to help push you through each squat, lunge, burpee and even pushups.

Why do I love it?  Let me tell you, it’s intense.  I consider myself an active person, but always had trouble losing my baby fat, especially around my waist.  It’s challenging and sometimes my heart-rate is through the ceiling, but the results have been amazing.  Because I am so active, STRONG by Zumba forces me to take my fitness to the next level with no way around it.  I’ll post my before & after photo soon, but so far this has been the only workout where I see the changes in my body and feel stronger at the same time.  So if you want to take your fitness to the next level and really challenge yourself, I highly suggest taking a class and see if it’s the right workout for your fitness goals.

If you would like more information about STRONg by Zumba and to find a class near you, go to http://www.strongbyzumba.com

I had the pleasure in being part of Zumba instructor, Kathy Fontaine’s Birthday Bash at JK Dance Fitness in Fort Lauderdale, along with outstanding ZIN instructors, Gabriela Alegre and Aryan Demaret.

Zumba is a great way to get moving, dance to a wide-variety of music genres, make new friends & create a community of health conscious individuals.  Add a couple of energetic instructors in one class and you have a 90 minute fitness party.  And that’s what we did to celebrate Kathy’s birthday.

If you live in the area, or visiting Fort lauderdale to get away from the northern cold, make sure to visit JK Dance Fitness.  Located in Fort Lauderdale’s art district called MASS District (short for Music & Arts South of Sunrise), it’s a great way to burn some calories, meet some locals all while having fun.

For more information, visit JK Dance Fitness’ website for a list of classes available (http://www.jkdancefitness.com/)


PHOTO GALLERY


ZUMBA WITH ZZ VIDEO

“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!

 

After 2 months of personal training with Bobby at The Custom Fitness Institute, the final results are now in.  If you have been following lunasol vida on Instagram, you would have seen the workouts I was doing at my training sessions.  If you haven’t seen it, have no fear because I will be posting it on this blog to recap the type of workouts I did to burn fat & gain muscles.  After this experience, I learned what I have to do to get rid of the stubborn fat that doesn’t want to leave, the proper way to build muscle and can’t wait to share my knowledge to everyone who wants to do the same.

Watch the video and see how much fat has been lost and how much muscle was gained.  Learn why it’s so important to take body measurements rather than weighing yourself on the scale to determine your progress.  And as always, stay focused, stay active and never be afraid to ask for help in reaching your fitness goals.

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.