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:

Kelly Ripa Collection Ryka Transition Shoes for Zumba

Best Ryka Zumba Shoes

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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.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1413982632209230/

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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Minnesota Zumba Instructor Loses Leg – Help a Sister Out

April 30th, 2014

In January 2014, a Zumba instructor in Rogers, Minnesota, Adela Alverez collapsed during a Zumba class. She had gone into cardiac arrest. When she awoke from sedation several weeks later, she discovered her leg had been amputated due to infection.

As a physical therapy student as well as Zumba instructor, this story hits home to me. Please consider donating to Ms. Alverez’s Go Fund Me page to help her cover medical costs including a prosthetic leg so that she can begin the long recovery process and hopefully teach Zumba again soon!

Adela Alverez’s gofundme page http://www.gofundme.com/helpadela

Related news story Zumba Teacher Trying To Get Back In The Gym After Losing Leg

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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!

Embarrassing Zumba Instructor Moment #1 – My iPod Won’t Work!

March 21st, 2014

It was a day like any other: I set my playlist, synced my iPod, and drove to the studio. Everything was fine. Or so I thought.

At the studio, I connected my iPod nano and… nothing. No lights. No sound. Nothing.

I connected and disconnected. I pressed the Power button over and over. I checked the Hold button several times. Still nothing.

My iPod won’t work! What am I going to do!??!

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Fortunately, I had a regular in class who downloads a lot of the music she hears in my Zumba classes. We hooked up her phone to the audio system and went through the songs she had from my classes in order. Unfortunately, the songs with explicit lyrics were not the edited versions and the class got an earful.

What I did I learn?

1. I learned Zumba lovers are very patient and kind when faced with a Zumba instructor crisis. One of my regulars saved my a$$!

2. I learned to have a backup plan! Zstudio now keeps an extra music player full of Zumba music at the studio for emergencies.

3. I learned how to reset an iPod nano! It is easy. Just hold the Menu button and the Center button for 10 seconds. The Apple logo appeared on the screen and I was able to use my iPod again and it’s been working ever since.

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 t the comments below!

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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Good Portable CD/MP3 Player for Zumba

November 17th, 2012

I teach Zumba at a variety of locations. My favorite will always be a studio with mirrors and hardwood floors, preferably one dedicated to dance or Zumba only.

Community education programs commonly offer Zumba in a variety of locations, especially schools. I have taught Zumba classes in gymnasiums, empty classrooms, and even cafeterias.

While studios usually have a good sound system equipped for CDs or MP3 players; gyms, classrooms, and cafeterias do not. Last fall, I had to find a reliable, portable stereo that would travel and work well in a variety of spaces.

I bought this red and black boombox from Amazon for approximately $50 new. So far, it has good sound and has worked well for teaching a Zumba class of 25 in a middle school gym and an elementary school cafeteria. It’s slightly larger than a breadbox and attractive. Between classes, I carry it in a box in the trunk of my car. The model is QuantumFX and the model number is J-30U.  It appears to be sold under several brand names,. If you are looking for a portable CD/MP3 player for Zumba or other group fitness classes, I recommend it. I have been happy with the performance of this portable stereo.

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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!

New Zumba Shoes – Introducing Z Tops!

October 14th, 2011

New Zumba Shoes from Zumba Fitness are coming the first week of November! The new Zumba Z Tops are available for pre-order now for ZIN (Zumba Instructor Network) instructors!

The Zumba Fitness Home Office announced this week:

The hottest innovation in Zumba® footwear is coming the first week of November. Be the first to get the shoe that works as hard as you do! Z-Top is the NEW ultimate dance-fitness shoe featuring customizable comfort, optimal support and maximum freedom of movement.

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You (or your favorite ZIN Zumba instructor) can buy these Zumba shoes from the Zumba Fitness inline shop. The new Z Tops are on pre sale now for ZIN members on the online Zumba Shop for $74.95 for ZIN members or $94.95 regular price!

The Z Tops are described on the Zumba online shop:

Step it up with Z-Top, the revolutionary dance-fitness shoe featuring enhanced support and a non-marking rubber outsole for maximum sliding power and control. Two separate upper finishes allow you to choose your look!

  • Interior “hidden wedge” and exterior Velcro strap cradle the foot
  • Shoelace loop above the heel exterior offers additional ankle support
  • Additional sock-lining included for those in need of extra support
  • Ultra-breathable grey mesh finish provides a lightweight feel
  • Raised mid & heel side walls for foot stability
  • Ultra smooth central outsole with circular ridges to allow fluid movement while still providing grip
  • Alternative sleek patent leather finish — perfect for on and off the dance floor!

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“No Shoes Please” Zumba Class

October 11th, 2011

A newly-certified Zumba instructor I know recently posted a new Zumba class on her schedule. It’s at a popular yoga studio and in the description, it is asked, “No shoes please!”

No shoes allowed? For a Zumba class? Really?

Kicking your shoes off at a wedding dance – we’ve all done that. But no shoes allowed for a Zumba class… All I can say is, “OUCH!”

Every Zumba instructor is different, but my classes involves high-impact dance moves like jumping and stomping. According to the article, “The Effects of Weight on Feet When Running” on Livestrong.com, when you run, each foot hits the ground with 3- to 4- times the force of your actual body weight with each step you take. In Zumba, your feet could take 2- to 4-times the force of your actual body weight with high-impact moves.

There are 26 bones in the foot. 26. Think about how small each bone has to be to fit 26 bones into your foot. Now, think about how much you weigh. Multiply that by 2- or even 4-times and imagine those 26 tiny little bones in your feet distributing 2- to 4-times your body weight for an hour long Zumba class. For me, that’s 115 pounds – 115 x 2=230 pounds to 115 x 4=460 pounds. Ouch.

Of course, one might argue barefoot running is gaining in popularity, why not barefoot Zumba? Well, to be fair barefoot running-related injuries are also becoming increasingly popular. So much so, that one article on Competitor.com calls it “The Barefoot Running Injury Epidemic.” If you do Zumba barefoot, chances are you are putting yourself at risk for foot and leg injury.

One might also think, Shakira dances barefoot, why can’t I? Well, Shakira’s dances moves are not high-impact – she usually has both feet on the floor. Shakira is obviously not a weekend Zumba warrior, she is a highly-trained dancer. Trainers and coaches most likely monitor her fitness to be sure her body, muscles, joints, and bones are able to support her dancing. She most likely has access to the best athletic trainers, physical therapists, and doctors at any given moment if any part of her body gives her pain.

If you see a Zumba class offered that requests, “No shoes please!”, I recommend looking for another Zumba class where you are allowed to wear a supportive pair of Zumba shoes.