How to be the Worst Zumba Instructor Ever!

July 27th, 2009


(Please read “How to be the Worst Zumba Instructor” from with heavy sarcasm!)

Would you like to be the worst Zumba instructor ever? Ignore everything you learned in Zumba Basics and follow these easy instructions from and you’ll be hard to beat at being the worst!

1. Carry notes. That’s right: Carry notes while you lead your Zumba class. Hold that piece of notepaper right in your sweaty hands and check it often to see what move comes next or what song to expect.

2. Break often. Stop the music between every song. Take a drink of the Diet Coke you brought along. Breakdown every step of the choreography of the next song in your own weird way.

3. Use your iPhone as an mp3 player. The feedback from your iPhone cell phone will let us know how popular you are as your phone continually interferes with your music as you get phone calls during class. Keep your cell phone right next to the sound system speaker at all times for maximum interference.

4. Let your 4-year-old child do your Zumba choreography. Sophisticated, interesting choreography is overrated. Surely, elementary moves that would not challenge even the simplest of minds will delight the child in all of us.

5. Tell us how much you’d rather be somewhere else. You know you have better things to besides leading Zumba class – let us all know what you’d rather be doing and what a burden Zumba class is to your busy schedule. Better yet, show us by starting class late and ending class early!

Follow these real-life examples, and you’ll be the worst instructor to ever lead a Zumba, or any other, group fitness class!

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4 Responses to “How to be the Worst Zumba Instructor Ever!”

  1. bill on July 28, 2009 9:22 am

    I’d been *thinking* of a career change…..

  2. Lauren on July 30, 2009 6:15 pm

    Like your posts! I’m just starting Zumba and am searching for the best classes and shoes. In my search I’ve come across good and not so good instructors.

    The the list above, I’d also add:

    Don’t say hello to the class. Just put on the music, and start the routine with no acknowledgement that there are others in the room. And, mumble “good job” quietly *once* to your water bottle between songs. Never look like you’re having fun. Never smile.

  3. rencsi on July 30, 2009 6:45 pm

    Thanks Lauren! I love Zumba and I recently had a very embarrassing experience when I tried to introduce my 13-year-old mentee to Zumba. The instructor was the worst I’ve ever seen. My mentee was mortified. I was humiliated. That terrible experience inspired this post. It is a good reminder of what NOT to do for me as a beginning Zumba instructor. Yikes!

  4. littleleers on November 29, 2011 11:50 am

    I agree with the above. While coke is not recommended to stay hydrated, I do believe that the instructor and students take a sip of either water or their sport’s drink when they need to as it is important!

    Also, I would add that not having notes and not knowing your choreography well enough is not good (occasional mistake, ok). And for simple moves…it depends. You want your class to get a good work out and have fun. You don’t want them lost and not knowing what you are going to do next.

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