Zumba® in Malaysia
I wanted to do a different topic blog post but I decided to blog about this one first since it’s already 4 am and I should be sleeping because I have class at 9 am.
So what the heck is Zumba®?
The Zumba® program fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a one-of-a-kind fitness program that will blow you away. Our goal is simple: We want you to want to work out, to love working out, to get hooked. Zumba® Fanatics achieve long-term benefits while experiencing an absolute blast in one exciting hour of calorie-burning, body-energizing, awe-inspiring movements meant to engage and captivate for life!
Okay, so since I’m a sucker for any fitness workout that involves fun dancing, I accidentally downloaded Zumba Live! one day and instantly fell in love. What’s best about it is that it involves latin dances, which has a lot of sexy hip movements.. and some african beats and somehow I love african beats. I have many, I do mean many workout DVD from hip hop to dirty dancing inspired workout to normal aerobics.. mostly anything with dance, I’d buy. However, nothing (except for my favorite hip hop DVD) that makes me so interested as Zumba. It’s so addicting.
Turns out there’s a set of DVD - Zumba 20 minutes basics, Zumba sculpt and tone, Zumba cardio party and Zumba Live! & flat abs.
In Malaysia, so far, I know only Celebrity Fitness has zumba class. Now I haven’t seen a zumba class in person, and based on a few minutes video I’ve seen on youtube (a class in Lot 10), it doesn’t have the charm that a zumba class should have. I think to get the real essence of zumba, you need latin music and LATIN DANCE. Sure there’s some hip hop and african beat moves in it, but the true zumba charm is the LATIN DANCES & MUSIC… like cumbia, raggaeton, salsa, merengue, etc. Without the latin dance and music, it loses the real fun factor of zumba and it becomes nothing but a normal aerobic dance. And that’s what I see in the video of a Malaysian zumba class.. any zumba class with English music is a turn off. Why not just stick to the original zumba music?? If you’re an instructor and a cheapskate, just fricken download it for your class. Why use English music? It’s NOT latin music and is a big turn off.
Zumba should be in Fitness First… I don’t know why Fitness First only have ‘serious’ type of classes.. none of which are the fun ones unlike Celebrity Fitness.. no hip hop, mtv dance, modern dance, not even pole dance … unfortunately I can’t afford 2 gym memberships so no dance workout classes for me ..heck I can’t even afford 1 gym T_T Well, I gotta start getting used to dancing again, I’m SOOOOOO out of shape right now it’s not even funny. I can’t even do 5 minutes of nonstop zumba.. it’s frustrating and depressing since I used to be a dancer and dancing hardcore dance for 5 hours nonstop was nothing to me before.. now I can’t even do 5 minutes nonstop workout without stopping for a breather. Pathetic.