It seems like Zumba has just exploded in terms of popularity in the last few months! Or it could be just that it wasn’t on MY radar until a few months ago. It seems like once you get into something, that you start to hear about it or see it mentioned A LOT. I took my first live Zumba class a few months ago and I was immediately hooked. I danced from a very young age all the way up until I graduated high school and found that this was RIGHT up my alley. I walked out of that first class and told Eric something like, “that instructor better watch out – cuz I’m gonna take her job!” Now, fast forward a few months and I’ve decided to give that a go! I’m taking the Zumba Instructor training course next weekend in Minneapolis and I’m so excited to do this! I have never taught ANYTHING before, so I’m a bit nervous about actually teaching a class. I KNOW I can dance, but dance AND teach at the same time? I dunno. I’m hoping that after I take the class, I’ll feel more confident about my teaching abilities. I contacted our local YMCA to see about teaching there and it sounds like they are ready for more Zumba instructors due to how popular the class there has become. Right now, there is just the one instructor and only 3 classes offered per week. And all are at lame times, I must say. So I hope that by hiring me on – more people can get a chance to try out Zumba. It really is SO fun. You completely forget that you are “working out” because of how fun it. I know that a lot of people are a little shy about dancing in front of others b/c you are worried about how you might “look” or the ever popular excuse, “I’m extremely uncoordinated." I assure you – no one is watching you. No one cares about what you are doing. Everyone is so concerned with their own goofy selves that no one pays any attention to anyone else in the room. The workout always FLIES by and is always a lot of fun. So if you haven’t tried it yet – you really should! A friend of mine lost 4 pounds in the last few weeks from adding Zumba into her routine on a regular basis. So I think this is definitely a fun AND effective workout. And I’ll for sure keep you all posted on how the training course goes! I’m so excited!