Zumba carves out bodies, confidence

Monique Chiasson
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TRURO - As soon the door opens to the dance/fitness studio, it's obvious this isn't just any exercise regimen.
Heading into the Zumba studio on East Prince Street last week, Latin music beckoned eager participants to the dance/exercise floor. And although the class had not formally begun, a glance around the room saw men and women, swaying to the music, finding it difficult to stay still.
Once the instructors took their place at the front, about 40 Zumba participants jumped, jived and rocked to the fitness routine. Zumba is the latest workout craze that mixes body-sculpting movements with dance steps derived from Latin, merengue, salsa, reggae, hip hop, mambo, rumba, flamenco, calypso and Salsaton.
The routines feature aerobic interval training with a combination of fast and slow rhythms. It targets areas such as the legs, arms, abdominals and heart.
North River's Peggy Lowe has been doing Zumba for about a year. She said it took her a number of sessions to get the hang of it but now she can't go a few days without a class.
"I'm almost addicted to it. It gives me a high, I know I can accomplish something, it makes me more confident, gives me more energy and keeps me slim," said Lowe, who attends three times a week.
Lowe said she began classes not knowing if she would fit in but quickly realized the environment is fun and pressure-free.
"You are watching the instructor, not everybody else so there's no need to feel self conscious. I've made a lot of friends through this too."
The regime also keeps her healthy. Lowe said she's "tried a lot of things to drop weight," but Zumba "is the only thing that worked."
And even the occasional potential embarrassing move - such as shaking your body, including your butt - keeps the class light-hearted and at times comical, she said.
And the experience has increased her confidence, too.
"I would now learn more dancing methods and try new things in life that I wouldn't have before."
Bible Hill's Bonnie Burton was a first-time attendee last week. She wanted to try
something new and get fit. She also appreciates the opportunity to try something unique in Truro.
"It's important to have a variety of exercises so you don't get bored.
"Truro is lucky to have something like this because not all communities offer it," Burton said.


Geographic location: TRURO, East Prince Street, North River

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