Zumba: Fitness can be fun

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Thursday, September 24th, 2015 at 12:06 AM
Zumba: Fitness can be fun by Shaylee Dillen
Students attend a Zumba STEP class to shake up their workout routine. | Photo by Paige Koenig

Sometimes the monotony of going to the gym on campus and doing the same workout everyday can become a chore; doing the same things over and over again can make you dread your daily routine.

Luckily, Edinboro University offers other fitness classes on campus at the Frank G. Pogue Student Center to help students shake up their workouts and try something new.

One of these classes that has flourished on campus is Zumba. By definition, Zumba is an aerobic fitness program that uses movements inspired by various styles of Latin American dance and performed primarily to Latin American dance music.

Despite common misconceptions, Zumba is not a dance class and both men and women are encouraged to partake in the activity.

Nicole Cameron, a junior here at Edinboro, is particularly passionate about the classes, as she is one of the weekly instructors.

“I have always been obsessed with fitness classes in my hometown,” she said. “Being able to see how Zumba has transformed people’s lives and reshaping their bodies, I wanted to be able to help others reach their goals.”

Adding variety to your workout, such as taking a Zumba class, can make working out fun again and make you feel like you aren’t even working out, but instead just having fun,explained Cameron. There are many other benefits to taking a Zumba class though.

“You can burn 600-1000 or more calories in just one hour,” Cameron said.

“That’s so much more than you would if you simply went to the gym and ran. It boosts memory, improves flexibility, decreases stress, strengthens [the] heart and lungs, improves balance, increases energy, suits all fitness levels, tones muscles, shapes your body and changes peoples’ lives.”

Sometimes, students are hesitant to attend a fitness class such as Zumba because it’s different from what they’ve done before and don’t know what to expect. College is all about trying something new, though, so getting fit at the same time is a win-win.

Cameron instructs Zumba classes Monday and Tuesday from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m.

Other Zumba classes are available from 5 to 6 p.m. on Monday through Thursday. Zumba STEP classes are available Wednesday from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Yoga classes are available on Tuesday and Thursday from 1 to 2 p.m. Tabata is held Wednesday from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. Cardio interval with core and abs is held Thursday from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.

Normally, the classes are held in Studio B on the lowest floor at Pogue. The schedule is also posted on the door to that studio.

Shaylee Dillen is a staff writer for The Spectator.

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