Coming Soon From Zumba Fitness: Zumba Energy Push or Energy Boost Zumba Shoe

December 28th, 2013

In the Winter 2013 issue of zlife magazine, Zumba Fitness announced three new offering of Zumba shoe. One of those offerings is the Zumba Energy Push or Energy Boost. The magazine calls this new offering both names. Time will tell us the actual name of this shoe. Zumba Fitness describes the Zumba Energy Push or Energy Boost as the Zumba shoe for the “laidback Zumba lover.” Zumba Fitness says “This style is for the woman who wants to dance for the longest amount of time without pushing herself too hard or compromising her form.”

This shoe has not been released yet, but this shoe seems to be designed for endurance and low-impact Zumba. This is a lightweight, mesh shoe that can transitions “straight from class to running errands.” If you have a pair of Energy Push or Energy Boost Zumba shoes, let us know what you think!

Zumba Energy Push Energy Boost Zumba Shoes

Coming Soon From Zumba Fitness: Zumba Impact Max Zumba Shoe

December 28th, 2013

In the Winter 2013 issue of zlife magazine, Zumba Fitness announced three new offering of Zumba shoe. One of those offerings is the Zumba Impact Max. Zumba Fitness describes the Zumba Impact Max as the Zumba shoe for the “everyday Zumba enthusiast.” Zumba Fitness says “The Impact is wonderful for the beginner to moderate-level Zumba fan who wants maximum comfort and style all while minimizing shock to your joints.”

This shoe has not been released yet, but the key feature of this shoe seems to be shock absorption. Zumba Fitness claims to have used “special Z-Compress Outsole Technology” to absorb shock, leather overlays to reinforce the toe and heel of the shoe, and Z-Brace to keep your foot from sliding in the shoe.

If you have a pair of Impact Max Zumba shoes, let us know what you think!

Zumba Impact Max Zumba Shoe

Coming Soon From Zumba Fitness: Zumba Flex Classic Zumba Shoe

December 28th, 2013

In the Winter 2013 issue of zlife magazine, Zumba Fitness announced three new offering of Zumba shoe. One of those offerings is the Zumba Flex Classic. Zumba Fitness describes the Zumba Flex Classic as the Zumba shoe for the “Zumba fanatic.” Zumba Fitness says “The Flex is specifically designed for the hardcore Zumba student who takes her workouts seriously, goes to class several times a week, and has a dance background.”

Why a dance background? This shoe has a split sole. This is a very important feature to consider when buying a Zumba shoe. Split sole athletic dance shoes are designed for flexibility, NOT impact/shock absorption. Split sole athletic dance shoes are NOT recommended for pronators or people with low, weak, or “fallen” arches or chronic foot pain or weakness. I wouldn’t recommend a split sole to anyone who does not have previous experience dancing on a regular basis in split sole athletic dance shoes.

Zumba Fitness does claim to have built-in “Z-Arch Technology” to reinforce the arch of the Zumba Flex Classic offering. Time will tell how Zumba lovers react to the Zumba Flex Classic. If you have a pair, let us know what you think!

Zumba Flex Classic Shoe

Coming in 2014: NEW Zumba Shoes from Zumba Fitness!

December 28th, 2013

In the Winter 2013 edition of zlife magazine, Zumba Fitness announced three new Zumba shoe offerings coming soon to the Zumba store.

Zumba Fitness invites you to “Find Your Solemate” and “Go ahead. Fall in love.” with the new Zumba shoe offerings. Three new shoes are soon to be available:  Zumba Flex Classic, Zumba Energy Boost or Zumba Energy Push (it’s called two different things in two different places), and Zumba Impact Max. Here’s a sneak preview of all three shoes from the zlife magazine spread. Stayed tuned to rencsi.com. More to come!

Zumba Shoes 2014

Rencsi.com’s Best of 2013 Zumba Playlist

December 20th, 2013

Here’s a list of songs that were not necessarily new in 2013, but they were new to my Zumba classes in 2013. Happy New Year and enjoy!

Go Girl (Warm Up/Hip Hop)
Pitbull

Wild One (Warm Up/Hip Hop)
Flo Rida

Applause (Warm Up/Pop)
Lady Gaga

Rabiosa (Merengue)
Shakira

Cha Cha (Swing/Salsa)
Chelo

Dance Bailalo (Samba/Axe)
Kat DeLuna

Lo Que No Sabes Tu (Merengue)
Chico Y Nacho ft. El Potro Alvarez

Bongo Bong (Salsa)
Manu Chao

La Mujer Perfecta (Merengue)
Toby Love ft. El Porto Alvarez

Ven Conmigo (Cha Cha)
Daddy Yankee ft. Prince Royce

Church (Hip Hop)
T-Pain ft. Teddy Verseti

Pumps and a Bump (Hip Hop)
MC Hammer

Save the Last Dance for Me (Cha Cha)
Michael Bublé

Pull Up (Abs/Reggaeton)
Mr. Vegas ft. Pitbull & Lil Jon

Call On Me (Abs/Toning)
Eric Prydz

Purple Rain (Cool Down/Pop)
Prince

Nice and Slow (Cool Down/Pop)
Usher

Christmas Music for Zumba – Felicidad (Happiness) by Gloria Estefan

December 20th, 2013

Are you a Zumba instructor looking for a good Christmas song for your Zumba classes this holiday season? How about Felicidad (Happiness) by Gloria Estefan? It is technically a Christmas song that has a classic, authentic Latin rhythm, and (hopefully) will not offend anyone in your classes.

Keep in mind some facilities do not allow traditional “Christmas” music to be used in fitness classes because it might offend those who do not celebrate Christmas. Some facilities have a list of safe holiday songs or just require instructors to not use Christmas songs. Check with the policy of the facility where you teach and choose your music wisely!

Happy holidays!

Mingle and Jingle Christmas Party at Zstudio in Duluth, Minnesota

December 16th, 2013

The owners, instructors, and staff of Zstudio in the Zenith City of Duluth, Minnesota would like to invite you to our annual Mingle and Jingle Christmas party this Friday, December 20, 2013 from 5:30 to 7:30pm.

This holiday event is open and free to everyone!

From 5:30 to 6:30pm, join us to eat, drink, and be merry. Mix, mingle, and get a sneak preview of the renovations happening over the holiday break.

From 6:30 to 7:30pm join us for one-hour class made up of the fitness classes offered at Zstudio.

Zstudio is located at 116 W 1st Street, Duluth, Minnesota 55802. For more information, visit the Mingle and Jingle Facebook event page.

zstudio

Christmas song about Maria and a Bird With a Broken Wing?

December 3rd, 2013

One of my most popular posts has helped people find the name of the Christmas song about “a poor orphan girl named Maria” and “a bird with a broken wing” since 2008. The final lyrics to the song explain that the song this bird sang at the manger on Christmas Eve was the “very first nightingale’s song.”

This Christmas song is called The Gift. It was written by Stephanie Davis. The song was recorded and made popular by Garth Brooks and was also recorded by Aselin Debison. Here are the lyrics. Enjoy!

Mexican Church Manger

The Gift
Stephanie Davis

A poor orphan girl named Maria
Was walking to market one day
She stopped for a rest by the roadside
Where a bird with a broken wing lay
A few moments passed till she saw it
For its feathers were covered with sand
But soon clean and wrapped it was traveling
In the warmth of Maria’s small hand

She happily gave her last peso
On a cage made of rushes and twine
She fed it loose corn from the market
And watched it grow stronger with time

Now the Christmas Eve service was coming
And the church shone with tinsel and light
And all of the townfolks brought presents
To lay by the manger that night
There were diamonds and incense and perfumes
In packages fit for a king
But for one ragged bird in a small cage
Maria had nothing to bring

She waited till just before midnight
So no one would see her go in
And crying she knelt by the manger
For her gift was unworthy of Him

Then a voice spoke to her through the darkness
Maria, what brings you to me?
If the bird in the cage is your offering
Open the door and let me see
Though she trembled, she did as He asked her
And out of the cage the bird flew
Soaring up into the rafters
On a wing that had healed good as new

Just then the midnight bells rang out
And the little bird started to sing
A song that no words could recapture
Whose beauty was fit for a king

Now Maria felt blessed just to listen
To that cascade of notes sweet and long
As her offerings was lifted to Heaven
By the very first nightingale’s song