When Lynette Carter walked into her first Zumba class, she weighed 230 pounds. When she walked into her most recent Zumba class, she weighed 120 pounds, and waved hello to her students.
Today, Lynette owns PGR Family Cardio Club, an all-ages fitness facility based around Zumba. She uses her own story of transformation to help motivate and inspire new exercisers. Lynette and her instructors know that each attendee starts at a different level of physical fitness, and so they tailor classes accordingly, even holding special sessions geared towards teaching kids or seniors. "You don't have to be a dancer, or in top ... shape to attend any of our classes," she says. "Just come ready to have fun and burn all the calories away."
Zumba instructor Samantha knows that, despite its fiesta-like façade, Zumba has real effects: she’s lost 35 pounds and toned her muscles since starting the practice. At Dance Integrity, where she teaches her classes, she shares these high-energy, dance-inspired workouts with others. The calorie-torching routines don’t require any previous experience, though participants should make sure that their sneakers aren’t too shy to dance.
The instructors at Fitness Mania Studio love a good party, at least when it comes to their Zumba classes. To create a fiesta-like atmosphere for each, they pump international tunes and dress a full-body workout in the guise of high-energy choreography—much of which is inspired by Latin dance. Each session welcomes students of all experience levels, creating a fun, supportive environment.
For Eliana Ceballos, Zumba is more than just a fun dance-fitness program set to high-energy Latin beats; it?s a form of therapy. After discovering the upbeat exercise form while in the midst of extreme personal hardships, she found it to be a cathartic stress reliever and a way to temporarily escape the harsh realities of life. The transcendence she experienced inspired her to become a Zumba instructor so that she could pass on the physical, mental, and emotional benefits of Zumba to others. Her sister, Valeria, lost 65 pounds through Zumba and hopes to inspire others to gain the confidence through exercise and weight loss that she did. The sisters have helmed their other studio, Zumba People, for two years. Eliana recently brought the joy of Zumba to the Colleyville area with Fit Fiesta Studio, where she leads classes for all ages?including children and baby boomers?in hopes of making exercise fun while imparting to her students the same peace of mind she has felt during tumultuous periods.
As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
If variety is the spice of life, then Yoga & Fitness Passport is a veritable East Indian Trading Company. The outfit curates some of the highest reviewed fitness studios throughout both Canada and the U.S. From there, they issue passports that give exercisers a chance to jump from yoga to Zumba to pole dancing classes, all at different studios. Rather than having to navigate each gym's scheduling site, guests can find and sign up for sessions through the Yoga & Fitness Passport site. From there, folks just need to show their confirmation on a smart phone or wood etching, and it's off to the races.