STRONG by Zumba™ combines high intensity interval training with the science of Synced Music Motivation.
And it's fun... and challenging... and may ask more of you than you've done before.
AND - I *highly encourage you* to give it a try.
So here's what you need to do to get ready for STRONG:
- Keep in mind that this more of a fitness class than a dance class. In fact, we will be dancing for less than 5 minutes of the entire 55 minute class.
- Get the right foot support. Cross trainers or running shoes are your best bet. Different from Zumba, you actually want shoes with good traction on the soles.
- Women: Get the right sports bra(s). And you may need to buy and wear two. Some resources: Title Nine and Freya.
- Wear clothes that won't get in your way. Your clothes don't have to be skin tight, but nothing too baggy.
- Long haired folks: Tie your hair back. Unlike Zumba where I let my curls go wild, a pony tail, bun, braid or anything that keeps your hair firmly out of your way is better for STRONG.
- Bring water and a towel. I am usually dripping with sweat by the 30 minutes mark.
- Bring a yoga mat if you have one. We will provide mats for those who don't have one.
- Consider buying training gloves because we do a lot of work where you're supporting your bodyweight with your hands. I use these, because of the padding on the palms. You may also want to try a class or two before investing in gloves.
- Arrive early. Due to the nature of this class, we will not be allowing latecomers (i.e. the front door will be locked at the start of class). This class builds from the very beginning and you need to be properly warmed-up to avoid injury.
- Plan to stay for the entire class. Again, due to the nature of this class, you will need to be properly cooled down. If it's too intense for you, you can step out and stretch and leave, but I would encourage you to follow my suggestions for modifications and stay until the end.
- Avoid intense interval training for one or two days before and after the class. You want to be kind to your body. Give yourself enough space to be ready to go for it and to fully recover.
It's an exciting format that I think you're going to love. Stick with it and you'll definitely see results.
See you in class!