It’s true, I have very little coordination. I’m liable to go left if you’ve asked me to step to the right and trying to do something with my arm whilst remembering the steps with my legs is almost an impossibility.
Luckily when I joined Zumba Gold in Islip over a year ago, I was in good company. Sarah Jones the instructor explains ‘There very few rules, other than have fun and if you go wrong just roll with it and carry on’.
The Zumba Gold group on Thursday (Islip Pavilion 6.45pm) are a great bunch of ladies, who I’m sure, like me, thought it would be some gentle exercise. It’s not! Yes – Zumba Gold is low impact, good for those new to exercise or rehabilitating after an injury or operation. Do you have a good workout? YES YOU DO! You’ll raise your heart rate, get a bit sweaty, leave with a grin on your face – all the things that are so good for you!
Zumba Gold involves (like Zumba) learning dance moves, and definitely giving the old grey matter a work out to remember the steps and keep up, it involves stretching, balancing and energy all as part of the routine – nothing static and boring here.
Many years ago, I once got sent out of a keep fit class because my friend and I couldn’t stop giggling. We don’t have a week in Zumba Gold where someone doesn’t go wrong and we all end up laughing then going wrong ourselves.
Zumba Gold is suitable for everyone, the work out is a good one, but low impact on your joints.
This week saw the launch of Zumba in Islip. Zumba Gold is 6.45pm followed at 7.45pm by Zumba. I thought I’d give it a whirl. When the class began, one of our speedier Zumba Gold routines was used as the warm up, which did make me wonder what I’d let myself in for!
Again, the ladies were a great bunch, no one cares if you go a bit wrong, sometimes your so into the music and movement you can’t help it – or is that just me?
How is Zumba different to Zumba Gold? Definitely more jumping and stomping, not so much so my knees had any issues but enough to get the muscles stronger in that area. Zumba is quicker, so a year of Zumba Gold getting used to learning instruction and listening to a beat change to know a step change is coming was a good move for me. It was good to learn new routines, I’m a big believer in keeping your brain working, use it or lose it as they say.
Zumba is very doable, extremely enjoyable. Possibly a bit quick if you’re less fit or have an injury you’re getting over – in which case you need Zumba Gold.
Sarah is a great teacher, her aim is enjoyment first, which keeps you going back, fitness second. If you miss a step, get a bit lost Sarah says, ‘Just keep moving – don’t do anything your body doesn’t want to do. Don’t over stretch but do push yourself to see what you’re capable of.’
With both classes there is a nice warm up and cool down stretching. Bring a water bottle but if you forget there are cups and fresh water available to use.
For more information
Sarah Jones Zumba Instructor
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- Thursday 6.45pm Zumba Gold
- Thursday 7.45pm Zumba
No booking required just turn up!