Last night I went to Zumba, which is sponsored by the La Vergne Police Athletic League. Let me tell you a little something about me: I hate exercising with the fire of a thousand suns. I mean, I like walking okay, and I like yoga quite a bit. But cardio classes always kick my tail. But I like to eat as much as I hate exercising, so cardio classes are what I really need.
So, off to Zumba I went. If you’re not familiar with what Zumba is, it is a dance-inspired exercise program. People who are familiar with cardio classes of any sort will recognize a lot of the moves used in Zumba. It’s generally not that hard to follow (and I say this as someone who is hopelessly uncoordinated) and the moves are pretty fun. The atmosphere in the class is that of a lot of people having a good time, so even if you’re lost (I spent a lot of time lost) you still are having a good time.
I attribute that a lot to the class’s instructor, Jane Ascher. I always figured it took a special kind of evil to be a fitness instructor. My fellow folks who hate exercise but have gone to a lot of exercise classes probably know exactly what I’m talking about: a whole lot of fitness instructors will give this running commentary throughout class that kinda makes you feel bad. Like, you’re doing an especially hard set, sweat exiting your body like rats on a sinking ship. You think you’re going to die. Meanwhile, the instructor hasn’t yet broken a sweat and she beams at the class and says something like, “Isn’t this a blast?!” or “We’re just getting started!” or the thing I absolutely despise- you’re doing a particularly hard movement and he’s like, “Only a hundred more reps to go!” You can just feel their joy in making you miserable.
But Jane was not that way AT ALL! She was really positive and kept the commentary down to a minimum, instead focusing on guiding people on what to do next. You could tell she was really having a good time, joyful about her exercising. And I thought, “Maybe if I stick with this, I could feel this way too.” So, thank you, Jane, for making me feel that way. You are AWESOME!
If you want to know more about the La Vergne Police Athletic League and the amazing things they are doing with our community, the link at the very top of the page goes to their Facebook page and this link goes to their webpage.
If you would like to attend Zumba classes, it’s Monday and Wednesday evenings at 5:30, and Saturday mornings at 8:15. (I know! Early!!) It’s held at the La Vergne Civic Auditorium which is at 283 Old Nashville Highway. The cost is only a dollar!
Come on out and give it a try, you can’t be the worst in the class, because I intend to be there. (Maybe not Saturday mornings. I’ll try, lol.)