Who would have thought that 2 years of minimal to no dancing would have rendered me that terribly out of shape?!
A couple weeks ago, my parents gifted us a gym membership. Michael goes to the gym at work on a regular basis, but they thought I wouldn’t want to go alone. They were right, of course. We went last week for the first time and then decided we wanted to try out some of the Zumba classes as well. But, not wanting to look like complete fools in a “live” class, we decided to try it at home first.
My family has a Wii, and a Zumba game to go along with it. I’m not sure it’s ever been used more than a half dozen times, but we decided to pull it out tonight.
Again . . . wow.
So here we were, popping the disc into the Wii, thinking we had this. I mean, we are dancers after all. How hard could this be? We’ll start with the beginner class, they’ll show us a few steps, and life will be good. If we work up a little sweat, we’ll consider that a bonus.
Apparently that’s not what “Beginner Class” on the “Easy” level means to whatever maniacal Hercules created this thing.
The “class” literally jumped right into a choreographed routine . . . which no one had cared to teach us. It said 20 minutes, but I swear it must have been 45. My quads were aching, my calves were on fire, and my head was reeling from trying to keep up with the steps that were changing, without warning, every 4 8-counts.
It was brutal.
But it was awesome.
Michael and I sweated like horses (because pigs don’t sweat, regardless of what people say), burned up some serious calories, and took a good step towards me losing some of this “baby weight” and fitting back into clothes that actually match. We probably looked like complete idiots doing it. But we had fun. We laughed at each other. We laughed at ourselves. We yelled at the flashing, disco-esque screen, with its overly exuberant, high energy maintaining, pink and green animated Zumba “instructor.” And we’re totally ready to do it all over again tomorrow night.
So, goodnight Zumba. You may have kicked my derriere tonight, but the war isn’t over yet!