Ms. Conklin, the SSM Orchestra and Band Director, is bringing Zumba, the workout that’s not a workout, back to SSM winter term. She will be leading classes in the dance studio from 4:15-5:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and every other Friday. All you need to do is walk right in, wearing comfortable clothes and shoes. Zumba is perfect for students and faculty members that are looking to blow off some steam without all of the stress and pain of a traditional workout.
Zumba is a workout that has been on the rise since the 1990’s. It has drawn much attention due to, as Ms. Conklin says, “A party atmosphere” where she uses visual clues instead of telling people what to do. At this party, you can groove to beats for forty-five to sixty minutes and get a solid cardio workout.
Ms. Conklin explains, “In Zumba there are four types of rhythms: Salsa, Reggaeton, Cumbia, Merengue”. It may sound like you need to have some type of experience, but you don’t. “Even if someone doesn’t get the moves right, it’s more about moving, even if you are flailing around” she says.
Zumba isn’t meant to be in a constricting environment, but instead is freeing. Here someone can be themselves and dance freely. According to The Miami Herald, Zumba is known for its “Inclusivity. Everyone is welcome.” It can be done by all ages and ability levels.
Its health benefits are even more unique. According to Time Magazine, “a forty minute class burns 390 calories”. It has also been proven to improve mental health. This same Time article mentions a study where women who took the classes, “after eight weeks, the women’s quality- of- life scores jumped 9% and their self-esteem increased 16%”.
So if you’re a student or faculty member who feels like you could use a little boost, Zumba is a way to not only look but feel better.