Most people who take Zumba® classes are incredible. They're enthusiastic, dedicated and contribute very positively to the group fitness experience with their energy and presence. But in any group, you're bound to have those who don't always do right by their fellow classmates.
1. Shut Off Your Cell Phone Upon Entering Class
It's REALLY annoying to your classmates and Zumba Instructor to hear a ringtone that is not part of the song that's supposed to be for the workout. There's plenty of great music happening in a Zumba Fitness class, so no need to collaborate.
Keep the cell phone in your bag, in a locker or cubby. You're working out and focusing on being in the moment and doing your best. You don't need it.
2. NO Texting
In case you still kept your cell phone on you, and decided you wanted to sneak in some texts on
The younger you are, the harder it's going to be for you to break this bad habit, but it's annoying the heck out of everyone else, so please be courteous. It may be hard to believe, but you can go an hour without texting. Trust me.
3. Being Late For Zumba Class
Stuff happens, I know. Especially when you're rushing to make the class after work or on a lunch hour. Your Zumba Instructor doesn't mind if you arrive just as class is starting, or a a couple of minutes after, but try not to make it a habit. It's disruptive and you're also not warming up properly if you miss some or all of the warm-up. Some gyms won't even let you join the class once you miss the warm-up.
4. There's No Such Thing As Someone's Spot
It's funny how possessive class members can be of where they stand in Zumba class, or really any group fitness class for that matter. I've seen class members actually get into fist fights over it--then again that was a tough neighborhood. It's natural for regulars to be comfortable in a certain place, and those who are really getting the moves and are confident, feel they've earned that front row or other coveted spot.
Fair enough, but don't get bent out of shape if a new class member stands in "your" spot because they got there first. It's a rare class that has nametags on the floor, and it's first come first served--another reason not to be late to Zumba class, right?
And if you are late, don't cut off someone or invade their space too closely when they were there on time and grabbed what they thought was a great spot...at least until you came along and basically bumped them out of the picture. Not cool.
5. No Lengthy Conversations In The Middle Of Class
I'm not talking about bonding with class members or your Zumba Instructor before or after class, or exchanging a few words on break, or even spontaneously while doing a routine to share excitement. What I'm pointing out is chatting more than that while moving, is distracting and discourteous to everyone within earshot. Everyone wants to hear that great Zumba music, and you're blowing the vibe.
So now that we're all clear on Zumba class etiquette, go have a blast!
Melanie Jordan is an ACE Group Fitness Certified and licensed Zumba Instructor, ZIN Member and IDEA Member currently teaching Zumba in Western Chicagoland in Glen Ellyn, IL and Oakbrook Terrace, IL for class schedule CLICK HERE. She is also working towards her ACE Lifestyle and Weight Management and Wellness Coaching certifications. Melanie is the author of Have Your Cheeseburger And Keep Your Health Too! and blogs at The Healthy Food Review. When she's not teaching Zumba, Melanie heads up SunLoverPublishing.com, her media properties, publishing and marketing coaching/consulting company.
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