I Finally Bought Ryka Athletic Shoes for Zumba

August 23rd, 2014

I did it. I finally bought a pair of Ryka studio athletic shoes for Zumba.

Although I’ve know for awhile that Ryka is a leader in studio or group fitness classes, but I hesitated to buy a pair of Ryka’s for awhile. Ryka athletic shoes are not the most attractive sneakers and it’s important for me to feel at least somewhat attractive while I do Zumba. Another reason I hesitated is that Ryka frequently changes offerings, and a couple of times, they stopped manufacturing a line of shoes before I had a chance to buy a pair.

But tonight, I had a weak moment while shopping at DSW and I tried on a pair of black, blue, and pink Ryka Flextra. They fit true to size – I wear 6.5, I tried 6.5, and they fit like 6.5. They advertize they have a “re-zorb” system to absorb shock in high-impact group fitness classes. (My aching Achilles tendonitis will be happy about that.) The soles are built for movement in all directions including lateral movements, unlike the forward only movement that running shoes are designed for. The soles also have the circle at the ball of the foot for pivoting and turning. They were $59.99 at DSW.

I’ll try them out while teaching Zumba tomorrow. I’ll write a post to review my new Ryka Flextra for Zumba soon! In the meantime, you can read more about Ryka athletic shoes for Zumba here:

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They’re Back – Zumba Shoes are Back in Stock

April 16th, 2014

It’s common knowledge Zumba shoes from Zumba Fitness sell out on a regular basis. I received notice by email today that Zumba shoes are back in stock in the Zumba shop. Good luck!Zumba Shoes Are Back 4_16_2014

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!

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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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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Love Zumba? Try SALSArobics!

April 1st, 2012

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I had the pleasure of trying SALSArobics at the Chicago International Salsa Congress in Chicago, Illinois February 16-19, 2012. Each day of the Salsa Congress started with a 9am, 1-hour session of SALSArobics.

SALSArobics was founded in 1988 by Columbian-born Esther Gutierrez Sloan. It’s a fun way to learn Latin dance moves while exercising. If you like Zumba, you will love SALSArobics. Esther chooses popular Latin music and breaks down the basic steps and slowly builds them up and modifies the moves until voila, you’re dancing around the room!

SALSArobics is like Zumba in the way that it is exercise based on Latin dance. We danced everything from salsa, merengue, cha cha, belly dance, bachata,… even lambada, the forbidden dance!

SALSArobics is different from Zumba in many ways. There is little or no choreography in SALSArobics. The dance steps are authentic Latin dance moves that travel around the room. I found more opportunity in SALSArobics for individuals to modify the workout to add intensity or more complicated dance moves if they chose to do so.

I will hopefully be adding a SALSArobics class to my schedule  soon. If you’re ever in the greater Chicago area, be sure to check out a SALSArobics class from Esther or one of her SALSArobics instructors!

Give the Gift of Zumba

December 19th, 2011

Are you still Christmas shopping? (Don’t feel bad – I haven’t even started.) Why not give the gift of Zumba?!?

For the athlete… You already know she (or he) likes to exercise. Why not help them mix up their workout with Zumba?

For the dancer… You already know she (or he) loves to dance. Why not give them the gift of a workout they’re going to love?

For the couch potato… OK, she (or he) says she doesn’t like to exercise. She says she doesn’t dance. Zumba is the perfect gift for that couch potato of any age you’d like to start exercising. All she has to do is follow along. There are no rules. There is no right or wrong. Just keep moving and pretty soon, she’s dancing and exercising!

How can you give the gift of Zumba?

DVD’s: Two sets of Zumba DVD’s are available through the Zumba shop or Amazon.com. Zumba DVD’s let you start doing Zumba right in the comfort (and privacy) of your own home.

Video Game: Two Zumba video games are available for Wii, Playstation, and XBox Kinect. These are video games that will make you sweat, again, in the comfort (and privacy) of your own home,

Live Class: Pick up a punch card or gift certificate to a gym or group fitness studio near your loved one that offers Zumba classes. Some Curves locations now offer Zumba in the Circuit. There are Zumbatomic classes for kids and Zumba Gold classes for beginners, deconditioned exercisers, or older adults. Ask your favorite Zumba instructor for recommendations!

Happy holidays!

Christmas Gifts for Zumba Lovers

December 6th, 2011

Do you have a Zumba lover in your life? Want to give them a Christmas gift they’re going to love? Here are some Christmas gift ideas from a Zumba lover for Zumba lovers:

Zumba Wear
Some people wear their everyday gym clothes to Zumba, but Zumba wear is different than gym clothes. It’s a cross between street wear and dance wear. Zumba wear is available from the Zumba online shop and will cost you anywhere from $14.95 for a pair of Zumba flip flops to $94.95 for a pair of Zumba athletic dance shoes. A safe bet for any Zumba lover is a top to wear to class. A Zumba wear top will cost you anywhere form $14.95 to $39.95 + shipping. Shop now if you want it to arrive by Christmas!

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Zumba DVDs
The gift that keeps on giving – a Zumba class right in your very own home! There are two authetic Zumba DVD sets available: the Total Body Transformation System (as seen on TV) or the Zumba Exhilarate DVD Experience. There is even a set of Zumba DVD’s for children called Zumbatomic. The DVD sets are expensive ($89.95 for Exhilarate on Zumba.com, $49.95 for TBTS on Amazon.com), but contain five DVDs including a live workout and choreography to tone the arms, abs, buns, and thighs. Shop for DVDs on Zumba.com or Amazon.com.

Zumba Video Game
I was lucky enough to participate in the Best Buy release of the original Zumba Fitness video game for Kinect on the XBox 360 at the Mall of America, in Bloomington, Minnesota last year and let me tell you, it is amazing! The Zumba Fitness video game is available for Wii and Playstation and WILL give you a workout. This year, the Zumba Fitness 2 video game is also available for Wii. Shop for DVDs on Zumba.com or Amazon.com.

Here are some other ideas for Zumba lovers:

Zumba lovers, do you have any other suggestions?

Fun Minnesota RPE Scale – Does your region have one?

October 6th, 2011

I am part of a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program in Minnesota. Recently, an instructor shared a fun version of the Rated Perceived Exertion (RPE) Scale, a way to subjectively measure the intensity of exercise, to celebrate our Scandinavian heritage and “Minnesota nice.”

After a quick Internet search (when I should’ve been studying for an exam) I couldn’t find any other regional RPE scales. Does your region have one? Or just for fun, what would be the descriptions based on your region’s heritage and culture?

Minnesota RPE Scale
7 Piece of cake
9 Not too bad
11 Hardly working at all
13 Can’t complain
15 It could be worse
17 A guy couldn’t go much harder than this
19 Uff da!