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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Alert! I just received an email that all styles of Zumba shoes by Zumba Fitness are 30% off while supplies last.
If you are familiar with Zumba shoes by Zumba Fitness, you know these shoes go fast!
Get them while you can! Also, there is free shipping on orders over $49 and free returns so you can’t go wrong!
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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!Filed under Zumba | Tags: aerobic, athletic dance shoes, athletic shoes, dance shoes, exercise, Fitness, group, group fitness, shoe, shoes, sneakers, studio, Zumba, zumba instructor, Zumba shoes | Comment (0)
What happens when a Zumba instructor gets married? A Zumba flash mob to Limbo by Daddy Yankee at the wedding reception, of course! Congratulations, Jill & Mitch!Zumba | Tags: Daddy Yankee, Dance, flash, flashmob, limbo, married, marry, mob, reception, wedding, you tube, youtube, Zumba, zumba instructor | Comment (0)
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)
Cha Cha (Swing/Salsa)
Dance Bailalo (Samba/Axe)
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
Shakira ft. Residente Calle 13
Pumps and a Bump (Hip Hop)
Pull Up (Abs/Reggaeton)
Mr. Vegas ft. Pitbull & Lil Jon
Call On Me (Abs/Toning)
Romeo Santos ft. Usher
Save the Last Dance for Me (Cha Cha)
Young Girls (Cool Down)
Sail (Cool Down/Rock)
Take a Bow (Cool Down)
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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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.)
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!
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!Filed under Zumba, exercise, health | Tags: 2008, 2012, 35, after, backpack, before, extra weight, feet, inches, lose weight, motivate, motivation, pounds, rencsi, weight, weight loss, Zumba, zumba class, zumba classes, zumba instructor | Comment (0)
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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Female Zumba instructors: Have you seen an increase of the number of men coming to your Zumba classes? Zumba can be sexy, but one instructor allegedly took her sexy moves too far.
Alexis Wright, a Zumba instructor in Kennebunk, Maine has pleaded not guilty to 106 counts including prostitution, invasion of privacy, and tax-related counts. She is accused of selling sex in her fitness studio and a nearby office, and of secretly videotaping some of the encounters. Here’s a link news about Zumba prostitution scandal from CBS.
Unfortunately, I had not heard of the Zumba prostitution scandal until one of my Zumba class participants mentioned it to me. How embarrassing! Knowledge is power, Zumba instructors! Let’s not give our fellow Zumba instructors a bad reputation!Filed under Zumba | Tags: Alexis, CBS, Fitness, fitness studio, kennebunk, maine, men, Prostitute, prostitution, Scandal, Sex, sexy, video, Wright, Zumba, zumba instructor | Comment (0)
Today, Zumba announced the new Zumba Z-Kickz High Tops Zumba shoes to the Zumba Instructor Network (ZIN) Zumba Instructors! These high top Zumba shoes are listed at $65 USD for ZIN members and $80 regular price in the Zumba shop.
For those who like to shimmy, shake, and show off their style, the brand new lightweight Z-Kickz High Top takes your moves to new places.
- Nylon Ripstop upper shell for durability
- EVA rubber sole for maximum flexibility and mobility
- Synthetic patent leather accents add flair
- Woven ZUMBA® logo on tongue
- Reflective signature logos on rear panel
- 3 pack of signature colored shoelaces