Friday, October 30, 2009
Wolf Like Me by TV on the Radio
Thriller by MJ
Hell by Squirrel Nut Zippers
Time Warp from Rocky Horror Picture Show
Oh La Ley
La la la by La Banda Loca
Cumbia de los Muertos
La Vida es un Carnaval
Danca do Vampiro
A Dios le Pido
Sally's Song from Nightmare Before Christmas, sung by Fiona Apple
My Immortal by Evanescence
Don't forget: 10:30 at the Stoughton YMCA. Come in costume and if I like yours the best you'll win a prize! Why? Because I'm the instructor and I love Halloween, that's why! ;)
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
- Took a class with Beto and Tanya last night. It rocked. Totally unleashed my inner Beto on my class this morning. They ate it up.
- My friend Lee came up from California, where she has her own amazing Zumba classes. Had a whirlwind 24 hours with her before she left to see her sis. Miss you Lee!
- Big plans for Halloween: great playlist with plenty of fun Halloween flavor, and a costume contest!! Be there!! Stoughton YMCA! 10:30! Halloween morning!
- And one more big thing that I can't even tell you about! Aaaarggghhhh!!
OK. So. Last night I went into the big city--New York City--with my good friend and fellow instructor Lisa. The plan: to take a class with Beto, the man himself, the founder of Zumba, at Equinox, a gorgeous (gorgeous!) chain of gyms over there. Some most-excellent aspects of the class:
- It was a small class; instead of being a tiny speck of humanity in a sea of a thousand sweaty bodies, we were two in a class of forty or fifty. Very cool.
- Tanya was there!! You know I ♥ her! Equinox is where she teaches, and so that's where she was. She didn't teach--she left that to Beto, and was just a student like the rest of us.
- It was Beto. He was right there! He's beautiful.
- Did I mention the gym was gorgeous?
- And the class was free!!
So yeah. It was fun. I was soaking wet ten minutes into the class, and by the end of class I looked like that Dove commercial where the girl showers with all her clothes on. You know the one? Yeah that one. And oh! Beto pulled me to the front! Which was kinda funny cuz there was so little room. But he pulled up one guy...then another guy...then the other two guys in the class...then me. So when I got up there I looked down at all the guys and then looked at myself and felt my chest just to make sure the girls were still there, if y'know what I'm sayin.
And he did the split-the-room thing. I really have to do this more. My excuse is my classes look all freaked-the-hell-out when I try it, but that's just cuz I don't do it at all. So, classes: you're on notice.
So fun. So worth the three-and-a-half-hour drive each way. So worth the three hours of sleep I got last night. I mean this morning. I may have to ask Tanya if I can get on the guest list again for one of her regular classes one time soon. That would be nifty.
Wow I'm such a dork.
And so my friend Lee came up! Yay! We've been friends for two years--since we took our Zumba workshops the same weekend--and we've only met in person three times. The second time, we roomed together for Zumba convention. The third time we drove three hours to take a friend's class in CT. That's love.
I was so nervous to have her come to my classes. She's never seen me teach before! And you know how it is, when you have a colleague you respect and you want them to think well of your own work. It's like that. I was so nervous! And I'm so glad she came to the classes because she challenged me to be an even better (oh boy, get me: "even better!") instructor. And she's just all-around good to be around. And she buys me food my husband won't eat.*
So for Halloween. Big fun playlist. Wolf Like Me for the first warmup. Thriller, claro que si. Some other stuff. I've been doing bits of it for the last couple of days to see how people liked it. They liked. So now I'm all excited for Saturday! I've got my costume ready...I've told all my YMCA classes to get their booties there...I've told everyone else to pony up the ten bucks for a day pass and come... I, uh, I really like Halloween. ;) And did I mention? Costume contest?! With prizes?! Well...a prize. I can't afford multiple prizes. And the one prize might just be from the dollar store. I dont' know. I haven't picked it out yet. ;) You'll just have to dress up and get down and find out!
*No! I lied. He did eat my leftovers. Indian food. It was hella good.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Joined a Biggest-Loser-style weight loss competition.
The motivation: the $1000 first prize, enough to send me to Zumba Instructor Convention next year.
Been a month.
Weighed in tonight.
Lost two pounds.
Kinda hatin' on how it seems like I have to work so much harder--than I used to, than other people do--to get anywhere. Have I mentioned I teach eleven classes a week? Even if I'm just not burning as many calories as I used to, even if my body is "used to it" as people tell me it must be when I complain about this damn plateau--Zumba is supposed to burn between 500 and 800 calories and hour. Even if for some reason I'm only burning 300--and you've seen me hauling ass in my classes, I know you have!--if I did that eleven times a week that would be almost a pound of weight loss a week!
Kinda on the fence between giving up, eating everything in sight, and becoming a champion for fat women everywhere and kicking it into gear hardcore, giving up any enjoyment of food at all, and working out five hours a day.
I'll let you know the plan tomorrow.
For now I'm going to bed. I need my bed and my hubby.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Friday, October 09, 2009
Right now I'm rotating between the BFree dance boots and my new pair of Nike Air Max 90s. I love the BFrees (designed by choreographer and dancer Brian Freedman) but because they're a split sole shoe, I don't recommend them to my students. I never recommend dance sneakers with split soles because I've heard of too many people hurting their feet. But I use them myself. Hypocritical? Maybe! But they're SO CUTE!
I love my Nike Air Max 90s. Partly because they're so funky and partly because after wearing the BFrees, it's so good to put on something with shock absorption. Oh Nike, I love you and your crazy Air/ Shox technology. And oh yeah! also because they're what my favorite favorite instructor is wearing in the latest choreography DVD!! (...stalker!) I would like to point out that these happen to be the best thing I found when I went to all the stores. And mine are a different color. So there! ;)
Now, I've been a Nike girl for a while. I don't know what it is. Oh wait--yes I do. Nike shoes are cute and professional-looking and supportive, all rolled into one. And it just so happened that when I first started teaching, Nike had just rolled out its Dance line of sneakers and clothes. (So cute...I miss that line!)
First it was the O-Drive. Then the Electro. Then the Cameo. They were all pretty good, and the nice flat bottom and turning spot worked well...for a while. Then my O-Drives wore out, and my Cameos were stolen...(STOLEN!!!) so it was on to the Air Turf Max.
This shoe had it all. The look. The support. The cushioning. And little ball-type things on the sole that let me turn on ANYTHING. Oh how I loved those shoes. And they were marked down! Bonus! I ordered them online and when I got them, they felt a little snug. I didn't think anything of it because my past shoes have always been a little snug and I figured I would just wear them in.
Well, I know now that you shouldn't have to "wear in" a good pair of sneakers. After teaching in them for a month I had to finally admit that they were too small. They were practically crushing my feet, and every night I would have trouble sleeping because the pain in my feet was so bad. In the beginning I told myself it was because of the crappy cheap shoes I wore for two weeks after my Cameos were stolen...but that wasn't it, or not all of it anyway.
So I went to order a bigger pair because I loved them SO much. But haha! they were discontinued!! So I searched high and low for these shoes. An instructor friend, who also wears and loves the Air Turf Max, called distant parts of the country, trying to find this stinkin shoe. But alas, it was all for naught. I don't know why you would discontinue such an obviously popular shoe...but what do I know? I'm just the consumer!
Anyway, it turns out they've come out with a similar shoe. IMO it's not the same...but I'm sure I'll end up trying it anyway. I do have a quest, after all, for the perfect Zumba shoe. Or, as some of my students have pointed out, possibly some kind of shoe fetish. Possibly!
Here's the new one, the Nike Air Team:
Pretty, yes? It's a little unfortunate that Nike seems to assume that all its female consumers want pink in their shoes. I like pink enough...but it's really, really not my color. I'm a purple girl. But maybe if enough of you buy this shoe, they'll come out with it in another color! Like purple!
And here is where we meet the true intent of this post. Go buy this shoe and then call Nike and tell them you'd buy a second pair if it were black and purple.
OK OK not really; I want to hear about what you're wearing on your feet. Go ahead, don't be shy! A blogger loves nothing more than comments, you know! ;)