While human fitness originated by running long distances to avoid being eaten, it now dictates that we run in place to avoid eating. Survive with the fittest thanks to today’s Groupon for Zumba classes from Tropa Z Fitness, held at the Bally Total Fitness locations on Post Oak Boulevard and North Shepherd Drive. Choose between the following options:
- For $25, you get 5 classes (a $60 value).
- For $40, you get 10 classes (a $100 value).
Voted first place in Houston’s Best Sports Activities and Clubs by CityVoter readers in 2010, Tropa Z’s Zumba classes turn aerobic exercise into a multicultural calorie-burning celebration filled with Latin-inspired shimmies and shakes. Instead of painting the walls with wasabi to cultivate international flavors, Tropa Z’s licensed Zumba teachers infuse each workout with spicy dance moves from their native countries of Colombia, Venezuela, and the Philippines. In addition to toning muscles throughout the body, each routine melts away stress and calories as students swivel their hips and seduce lonely stability balls to tropical rhythms and hot dance singles from around the world. Visit Tropa Z’s schedule for class times and locations.
To help students to build healthy lifestyles, Tropa Z’s instructors share fitness and nutrition tips through their collective Facebook page. The passionate trainers believe in promoting fitness that is as fun as it is functional, proving once and for all that it is possible to party, lose weight, and do one’s taxes while dancing.
Tropa Z Fitness
Husband and wife Rhabby and Corrie both pursued fitness throughout their lives, studying martial arts, practicing yoga, and toning their cores with Pilates. But when they first heard of Zumba, Rhabby dismissed it as overhyped. Tatiana, however, had always wanted to learn the Latin dances, and eventually she convinced her husband to be her class partner. To their surprise, they found the first five minutes of class so intense they weren’t sure they could finish. But finish they did, and they loved it so much they even went on to become instructors. Eventually, Rhabby, Corrie, and Tatiana founded Tropa Z Fitness to share their exercise passion with others.
The three owners – along with their other skilled teachers – now shake hips five days a week in their Zumba classes. Rhabby reports that in addition to burning calories, Zumba’s ample hip movements have improved his martial arts, giving him increased flexibility and stronger kicks. The instructors also teach youth classes, helping kids express themselves through hip-hop dance moves, rather than by throwing rotten tomatoes.