Yes, as a larger guy I wasn’t surprised to get that reaction. Most athletic things I try to do are met with that reaction, but it’s still good to talk to my family regardless.

Zumba Fitness is a movement sweeping the nation and it’s hard to avoid hearing about it. Through infomercials, posters at the gym or word-of-mouth most people are at least aware of this work out trend. Zumba is a Latin dance class that works your cardio, core and even helps with mental alertness. I know a lot of people are afraid to try it because they can’t dance. Trust me, you don’t need to have any dancing skills. If I can do it, you can do it.

Our good friends at the Center Stage Dance Studio in Cheektowaga were nice enough to let me sit in on a class and video it so you can get a look what it’s all about. What I can tell you is that it’s more about repetition than it is actual dancing ability, everyone else is like you and is there to work out and have fun so there is nothing to be afraid of, and you burn about 1,000 calories an hour and do it with a huge smile on your face. I highly recommend at least trying it out and chances are you’re going to like it. Just keep moving and you’ll be fine. Check out for more info on their classes.

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