2 years I ago, I became a licensed Zumba instructor!
I love Zumba Fitness! It's a great workout program. I discovered it about 5 years ago. I was looking for salsa lessons. Instead I found about a workout that mixed salsa, merengue, reggeaton, and other latin rythms. One class and I was hooked.
A tall skinny white boy started the session. What's he gonna be able do - I thought? Within 15 minutes, I was dying. I barely made it through the rest of the class. I later would learn that Tony (the skinny white boy) and his wife, Jessica, the owners of the studio - were not only Zumba instructors but 12 of the original instructor specialists selected by the founder of Zumba to teach other instructors.
A few weeks later I found some classes that were closer to home. I loved the class's energy and the instructor's style. It was there in that class that I thought I would love to teach this someday. I had never wanted to teach a fitness class before...In fact, I had never taken any other aerobics class before Zumba. I really don't know what possessed me!
I continued Zumba-ing on happily as a student. The following spring my church announced that they would do a fitness program just for the ladies. I was home terribly sick. My mom signed me up and let me know the next week there was a meeting for volunteers. I was at a lost for words!
How could you sign me up? I am not a fitness instructor! Well...she said...you want to teach Zumba. Yeah...I said...but not now. But, anywhoo, I did indeed volunteer and we created an unique program which featured a dance aerobics portion...we made up routines to beyonce, mary j. blige, and nina skye. It was a blast. I made some wonderful friendships that are ongoing today. So in the end, I thank my mom she gave me the push out of my comfort zone to give teaching a try...
I didn't start teaching until about a year 16 months ago (long story short - terrible knee injury and several months of various treatments).
I LOVE teaching!!!! I'm so thankful for the opportunity something that I enjoy and to share that with others.