Zumbathon to Benefit Adela Cufre-Alvarez, MN Zumba Instructor Who Lost Leg to Amputation, Saturday, May 31, 2014 at The Rink in Monticello, MN

May 20th, 2014

Here’s a link to the Facebook event page for the Zumbathon Charity Event to benefit Adela Cufre-Alvarez, a Minnesota Zumba instructor who lost a leg to infection after going into cardiac arrest while instructing a Zumba class. Please share and consider going if you are in the Twin Cities metro area.


If you can’t attend, please consider donating towards Adela’s medical expenses for a athletic prosthetic leg and rehabilitation that will allow her to return to teaching Zumba classes. Thank you for sharing the Zumba love!

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Embarrassing Zumba Instructor Moment #2 – I Split My Pants!

March 21st, 2014

It was the third to the last song of class, Call on Me by Eric Prydz. I use it as a toning/abdominal and gluteal song.

As I squatted down, like we do many times during the song, I felt a strange shift in the fabric of my pants. As the song went on, I occasionally felt a cool draft on my bottom from the fan in the back of the room. I scanned the faces of the participants behind me. No one seemed to notice anything odd happening at the back of my pants, but I knew what had happened. I had split my pants!

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After Call on Me, it was time to cool down. As I walked over to lower the music volume for the cool down, I casually checked my rear view in the mirror. I couldn’t see or feel anything out of the usual. I led the cool down as usual, but I avoided an positions where my behind was exposed or up in the air.

After class, I went into the instructor lounge. With further inspection, I found the split: My cotton exercise pants had a 2 inch split on one side of the seam at the back of my pants, and a 1 inch split on the other side. At one area low in the bottom/crotch of my pants, my pants were holding on my the seam!

This was a first for me! I have never split my pants during a group fitness class before.

What I learned:

I guess exercise clothing has an expiration date. Check your clothes for thinning areas or weak seam before wearing them to class – especially in the bottom before doing squats!

I hope my embarrassing Zumba instructor moment can help you too! Feel free to share your embarrassing Zumba instructor moments and how you recovered in the comments below!

Zumbathon to Benefit Ruff Start Animal Rescue – Saturday, March 22, 2014 in McGregor, MN

March 21st, 2014

Zumbathon to Benefit Ruff Start Animal Rescue

Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 1:00pm
McGregor Elementary School
148 S 2nd St
McGregor, MN 55760

Cost $10

Come shake that tail for a good cause! All proceeds from our Zumbathon benefit Ruff Start Rescue, which finds foster care for animals in shelters at risk of being euthanized and then places them in forever homes.  Great instructors (including me!), door prizes, and free snacks! You don’t want to miss this event!

Visit the Facebook event page for more information!

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.


How much Zumba does it take to burn off Thanksgiving dinner?

November 27th, 2013

How many calories does Zumba burn? In my informal calculations, I have estimated that Zumba burns approximately 10 calories every 10 minutes. Now, it’s important to remember that EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT so you may burn more or less than 10 calories every 10 minutes by doing Zumba.

How many calories does the average American eat during Thanksgiving dinner. Well, according to one graphic I found on the internet (see below), someone estimated 1330 calories in an typical Thanksgiving dinner.  That’s over half the amount of calories that average American female is advised to consume in an entire day. If it is true that Thanksgiving dinner consists of 1330 calories, it would take 133 minutes or 2 hours and 13 minutes of Zumba to burn off Thanksgiving dinner.

What’s the point? Choose what you eat wisely! Many Zumba studios, like Zstudio in Duluth, Minnesota for example, offer after Thankgiving “Turkey Burn” Zumba classes which is an extra long Zumba class offered to help you maintain your weight through extra calories of the holidays. Check with your favorite local studio to find out if they offer an after Thanksgiving Turkey Burn Zumba class.

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May 2013 Zumba Playlist

May 17th, 2013

It’s been awhile since I posted a playlist. I’ve been using some combination of the below lately. Enjoy!

Go Girl (Warm Up/Hip Hop)

(Muncho Mambo) Sway (Warm Up/Cha Cha)

Wild One (Warm Up/Hip Hop)
Flo Rida

Rabiosa (Merengue)

Cha Cha (Swing/Salsa)

Dance Bailalo (Samba/Axe)
Kat DeLuna

Lo Que No Sabes Tu (Merengue)
Chico Y Nacho ft. El Potro Alvarez
One of my new favorites!

Church (Hip Hop)
T-Pain ft. Teddy Verseti
One of my new favorites!

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

Gordita (Reggaeton)
Shakira ft. Residente Calle 13

Pumps and a Bump (Hip Hop)
MC Hammer
Class favorite!

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

Call On Me (Abs/Toning)
Eric Prydz

Promise (Bachata)
Romeo Santos ft. Usher

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

Young Girls (Cool Down)
Bruno Mars

Sail (Cool Down/Rock)

Take a Bow (Cool Down)

Ryka Zumba Shoes Coupon 2013

April 18th, 2013

Attention anyone shopping for the perfect Zumba shoes: I just received a coupon for 15% off Ryka retail prices for my clients, friends, and family!

Ryka has a wide variety of athletic shoes perfect for Zumba. If you are looking for a good pair of new shoes for Zumba, check out this deal! Enjoy!

Shop online at www.sw-fit.com

Use promo code RYKA15

Offer ends June 30, 2013

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Save 15% on Ryka Shoes Through June 30, 2013

April 18th, 2013

As a Zumba instructor and fitness professional, I am a member of the rykä Fit Club. Ryka offers discounts to fitness professionals through the Fit Club, and I just received these coupons to share with clients, friends, and family for 15% off retail prices!

Ryka offers a nice variety of athletic shoes perfect for Zumba. Use the promo code below to save 15% off your favorite Ryka athletic shoes for Zumba!

Order online at www.sw-fit.com

Reference Promo Code RYKA15

Offer expires June 30, 2013


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Rencsi Before and After Zumba

January 3rd, 2013

The other day, I struggled to carry a 35-pound box of kitty litter up 3 flights of stairs to my apartment. It was hard work carrying that much extra weight up the stairs and I was exhausted. My legs were tired and I was breathing hard when it occurred to me: I used to weigh 35 pounds more than I do now, and I carried that weight around with me all day, every day!

Here are a couple of pictures of me from 2008, before I started doing Zumba. I am 5 feet 2 inches and I weighed approximately 145 pounds. (Excuse the black bar, I would like to remain somewhat anonymous.)

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I started doing Zumba in the spring of 2009 and I became a certified Zumba instructor in May of 2009. I have been teaching ever since. At my peak, I was teaching 18 Zumba classes per week. I currently teach 8-10 Zumba classes per week. I take other instructors’ Zumba classes whenever possible.

Here are a couple pictures of me from 2012. I am still 5 feet 2 inches and I weigh 110 pounds!

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So if you’re trying to lose weight, here’s an idea for the next time you need some motivation: Calculate the number of pounds you’d like to lose, put that amount of weight in a backpack, and carry it with you throughout your day – maybe even to Zumba. When you’re finally free of that extra weight, you’ll feel great and you’ll want to be free from that extra weight every day!

List of What to Pack for the Great River Ragnar Relay

August 13th, 2012

This year will be my 5th Great River Ragnar Relay. If you are new to Ragnar or just wondering what to pack, here’s a list of my suggestions of what to pack for any Ragnar Relay.


First of all, I bring 2 bags: 1 big bag with all my things to keep in the back of the van and 1 small bag to keep things I need in the van with me.


Pack your favorite running clothes, but don’t over pack. Keep in mind you also get a very nice shirt from Ragnar in your race goodie bag.

1 or 2 Pairs – Running Shoes
3 – Running Tights or Shorts
3 – Running Tops
3 – Running Socks
4 – Comfortable Underwear
3 – Sports Bras (probably females only, like me)
1 – Long Sleeve T-shirt
1 – Light Jacket
1 – Comfortable Shoes or Sandals
1 – Comfortable Top
1 – Comfortable Pants or Shorts
1 – Baseball or Running Cap
1 – Swimsuit
1 – Towel
1 – Gym Towel
1 – Wet/Dry Bag
1 – Reflective Vest
2 – LED Lights
1 – Headlamp
1 – Sunglasses
1 – Glasses with Clear Lenses (unless you like getting bugs in your eyes while running along the water)
1 – Small Hand-held Mace (probably scaredy cats only, like me)


You might not need all of these all of the time, but hopefully someone in your van has them when you need them.

Bug Spray
Moist Body Wipes
Moist Facial Wipes
Pepto Bismol (Beware Runner’s Trots and Dehydration)
Travel-size Contact Lens Solution/Contact Case/Glasses (probably for the vision-imparied only, like me)
Travel-size Shampoo
Travel-size Conditioner
Travel-size Biodegradable Toilet Paper
Travel-size Vaseline/Body Glide
First Aid Kit
Nail Clipper
Garbage Bags
Paper Towels
Hand Sanitizer

Did I miss anything? Any suggestions on how to pack light for Ragnar? I would love to hear ideas based on your experience!