Back in January I got the chance to finally try a Zumba class. For a few weeks I had so much fun, but then I decided to take a break to focus on training for my spring race. This class appears to be extremely popular, so I won’t be able to get back into it until late September!
Fortunately, I recently found out that there is another class not too far from where I live. A few weeks ago I gave that class a try, and was surprised to find that those two classes have a lot in common, but are also a little different in some aspects.
My first class was tought by a young man named Mario, the second one is hosted by Lynroy. Both are certified Zumba instructors, so a lot of the songs and moves were quite similar. But their professional backgrounds are totally different! While Mario is a ballroom dance instructor, Lynroy is a former kickboxing champion and also teaches kickboxing to adults and children. So it’s no surprise that their teaching styles are quite different.
Mario usually introduces new moves by explaining them thoroughly and doing them half-time, and often shouts commandos and gives lots of nonverbal cues. Lynroy just goes through the whole choreography at normal speed, and you have to figure out the moves by yourself. I’d say that Mario’s class is more beginner friendly, while Lynroy’s class is probably more suitable for advanced Zumba students.
All the differences aside, both classes are fun and sweaty. Very sweaty. I slightly prefer Mario’s teaching style and personality (he’s such a goofball!), but I’ll surely come to Lynroy’s class again, whenever I feel like shaking my hips.
Have you ever tried Zumba? Did you like it?