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. ❤️

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 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.