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!

PINK by Victoria’s Secret and Wisconsin Sport Team Merchandise – Packers, Badgers, Brewers

January 4th, 2012

Dear Victoria’s Secret,
When are you going to stop discriminating against Wisconsin’s sports teams in your Pink NFL Collection and Pink Collegiate Collection and Pink MLB Collection? How good do the Green Bay Packers, University of Wisconsin Badgers, and Milwaukee Brewers have to be before you will offer a variety of merchandise for Wisconsin sports teams*?

Victoria's Secret Pink Loves Sunday Football

For example, let’s start with the Super Bowl champion, regular season 15-1 Green Bay Packers. On your Field Lineup of Facebook “Likes”, the Packers have 984 Likes – the highest of all 32 teams. The nearest teams after the Packers are the Dallas Cowboys with 940 and Pittsburgh Steelers with 914. What Pink Green Bay Packers merchandise is available for the most liked team with the best record in the NFL? One pair of $50 sweatpants. Not even the jersey worn by the Packers model is available. No thanks.

Now, let’s look at the miserable 3-13 Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings got 148 Facebook Likes. FBD. Yet, what Pink Minnesota Vikings merchandise is available for this terrible and unloved football team? Three whole pages of Pink Vikings items. Lame.

Wisconsin sports teams are loved nation-, and world-, wide. Time to start offering cute Packers, Badgers, and Brewers clothing, Victoria’s Secret.

Sincerely,
Rencsi

* For anyone who cares about Wisconsin sports, I am not leaving out the Milwaukee Bucks – Victoria’s Secret does not have a Pink NBA collection.

Victoria's Secret Pink NFL Collection

How to Choose a Zumba Class

October 25th, 2010

Always visit several Zumba classes before making a commitment to any instructor, class, or location. Here are some tips to finding the right Zumba class for you!

Location
Many health clubs, community centers, community education programs, colleges & universities, ballroom dance studios, martial arts studios, and corporations hold Zumba classes, but beware – not all locations are the same! Some classes are held in fitness studios with mirrors and hardwood floors, some classes are held gymnasiums with rubber floors, and some classes even held in carpeted meeting rooms or cafeterias! Choose a convenient location for you – something near home, work, school – whatever will get you to Zumba on a regular basis! It doesn’t matter how awesome the location is if you are not going to class!

Instructors
No two Zumba instructors are alike and variety is the spice of life, but let’s face it – there are good Zumba instructors and there are bad Zumba instructors. Some instructors teach choreography, some jump right in. Some instructors take breaks during class, some do not. Some instructors are all about hip hop and reggaeton, some focus on more “traditional” Latin dances. Try multiple instructors before you commit to one. Don’t worry about hurting your Zumba instructor’s feelings – it is all a matter of preference. The more you like your instructor(s), the more Zumba success you will have.

Classes
Zumba class should be good exercise, but it should also be fun that you look forward to! Find a class that suits you. Do you like the other people in class? Are they your age? Do you feel comfortable trying new moves and possibly making mistakes around them? Can you afford the fees? Classes are primarily female, but males are welcome to do Zumba! Some Zumba classes average 5-10 participants, while others average over 100! Do your research and find the right class for you!

Now you’re ready to use the Zumba class finder to find Zumba classes near you!

June Zumba Music Playlist

July 10th, 2010

It’s finally July! I love July! Here are some of my June Zumba songs. Enjoy! And enjoy July!

Zorba (Greek / Warm Up)
Zumba Fitness ZIN 24
* Warning: For the first time ever, I actually had a participant yell out, “I HATE THIS SONG!” during this warm up. I think she was referring to the choreography that gets faster and faster… Personally, I like it!

La Cucaracha (Latin Hip Hop / Warm Up)
Kumbia Kings
* Warning: This song contains the word “marijuana.”

Buttons (Pop / Warm Up)
Pussycat Dolls

Telephone (Pop / Warm Up)
Lady Gaga

Krazy (Hip Hop)
Pitbull Featuring LiL Jon

Suavemente (Merengue)
Elvis Crespo

Que Te Pica (Reggaeton)
Notch

Zu Bailaito MIX (Quebradita)
ZIN Bonus Download

La Agarro Bajando (Salsa)
Zumba Megamix 4

Boro Boro (Belly Dance)
Zumba ZIN 22

I Need to Know (Cha Cha)
Zumba Fitness ZIN Volume 25

Rain Dance (African)
The Very Best Featuring M.I.A.

Evacuate the Dance Floor (Pop)
Cascada

Lean Like a Cholo (Zumba Toning / Latin Hip Hop)
Down AKA Kilo

La Negra Tomasa (Cumbia)
DJ Kane

Te Extrano (Bachata)
X-Treme

Body Language (Pop / Cool Down)
Jesse McCartney