No matter what your personality is, sometimes that first ever Zumba class is a little intimidating. No worries, I’ve got your back. So here are my 6 helpful tips for surviving your first Zumba experience. Shake your way back into shape.
1. Comfy Clothes and Shoes
Invest in the proper workout gear. Expensive clothes are not required, but the right shoes are. Your feet will surely take a lot of impact, so pick the shoes which allows your feet to pivot easily, and have a smooth sole. Pick the sneakers that are ideal for dance fitness to be sure you have something with the proper traction.
2. Avoid the Last Row
If you’re self-conscious like me, you want to stay out of the way and prefer that no one’s eyeing you. But mind that many of the songs rotate, and if you start in the back, you’ll soon find yourself in the front row. Oh no! Especially, if it’s a big class, you’ll be struggling seeing the instructor. If the front of the pack is too overwhelming for you, join the middle row to have people surround you.
3. Stay Hydrated
You will sweat a lot. That’s for sure. So remind yourself to bring plenty of water. It is very important to drink a lot of water when working out to prevent injuries or other issues. When the body loses water and not enough is replenished, it causes headaches. It will also aid in flushing out all those toxins you just stirred up.
4. Nobody’s Watching You
The phrase “Dance like nobody is watching,” is the key to Zumba survival. Prevent yourself from worrying about the others. Trust me, no one cares whether you fail to keep up to the rhythm or coordination challenges. Everyone is completely absorbed in their own worlds trying to keep up and seeing themselves as the greatest and sexiest dance star. So don’t be afraid to give your 100% – no one will laugh (except maybe you!).
5. Don’t stress yourself
Zumba moves are fast and are might complicated at first since there is usually few or no instruction on the choreography ahead of time. Remind yourself that your main goal is not to achieve perfection, you are there because you deserve to have fun. If your feet are not quite right at first, don’t give up. Just keep your body moving and wiggle your hips as much as possible. That’s what really counts. You’ll get it eventually!
6. Be social
I know you may be nervous about attending a Zumba class for the first time. But Zumba survival experience is much more fun and meaningful once you lighten up and get to know the others in the class. Or consider about bringing a friend or a co-worker along to enjoy it with you. Being chummy with the others in class or bringing someone you already know helps motivate you to continue. If you can’t convince any friends to come with you, initiate a conversation with others by asking what their favorite songs are, or even showing each other your favorite moves.
Once you gain friends and acquaintances there, you’ll be much more eager to attend the next classes.