Zumba Fitness Wants You

We are just over 3 weeks down and just a few days to go of the one month Zumba Fitness challenge (Go Like the page and mention on the wall that I referred you). There are 7 Girl Guides jockeying for 1st place, and it’s every girl for themselves.

I sense a slight undercurrent of competitiveness (that doesn’t sound like a word?) from some of the girls, and even the potential for some sabotage, or if not actual sabotage, then definitely some shady reconnaissance. But hey, perhaps I’m totally over reacting…

Naturally, the idea of the challenge is awareness, and to reveal how great the product actually is. The product itself is Zumba Fitness for Wii and Xbox. And I have to admit I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the whole thing. Having grown up dancing throughout my school years I figured this would be a cinch. Little did I know! Zumba is completely different to any kind of dancing I’ve ever been trained in. I’m not sure it’s right that people’s hips should move that way to be honest!

More to come on the whole process, including embarrassing pictures and, you guessed it, video!

In the meantime, do me a favour and go (Like, and then) write on the Zumba Fitness SA Facebook wall “I was referred by Lauren Prior”. (Did I mention that already?

You could also win a Wii and Zumba goodies by entering their competition here (but you have to write a referral on the Facebook wall first. Not really, but please do!)


Get that bootay shakin’ baby

So this is what I’m up to this month. Courtesy of the lovely peeps at Zumba Fitness South Africa, and Girl Guides, I have myself a Wii for the month of July, as well as a Zumba Fitness for Wii game. There are 8 reviewers from Girl Guides who have been challenged to Zumba for a month and write a little about the experience. The whole point of this is to get Zumba out into the South African market and raise awareness of the product.

Naturally, there’s plenty in it for me, writing about it! Not only do I get the awesome opportunity to try out a newish game that has been at the top of the UK charts for about 31 weeks running, kicking off other new releases like Duke Nukem, and get some exercise in, in the form of a dance class, in the comfort of my own home, but I also have the opportunity to win a Wii at the end of the month. All I need is your help. What you need to do is go to the Zumba Fitness SA Facebook page, Like it, and write my name on the wall as your referrer. The more people who do that, the more likely I am to win (and I’ll even let you come play with my Wii when I win ;) if you tell your friends)

Here’s a little background about Zumba for you. Zumba is a fitness program inspired by Latin dance. Apparently it is Spanish slang for “to move fast and have fun”. It is an is an aerobic fitness program created by Miami-based dancer and choreographer Beto Perez and two entrepreneurs, Alberto Perlman and Alberto Aghion. It originated in Colombia in the 1990s and is taught by some 20,000 instructors in around 35 different countries. The Zumba for Wii has been developed so that you can learn the moves and see whether or not you are doing it right. With the Wii controller tucked into a special belt, the sensor registers your movement and changes colour when you match the movements you should be doing. By doing the moves correctly, the ‘instructor’ on screen turns green and you earn ‘energy’ on the bottom strip, sending you up to the next level when it’s full.

Sounds easy right? Wrong! I tested it out last night and did one simple tutorial which lasted about 6 or 7 minutes, by the end of which I was totally out of breath and breaking a sweat (that whole “girls don’t sweat, they glow” thing? Yeah, no!) So anyway, there are about 30 routines from beginner to advanced and you can start with the tutorials to try and get your hips moving in ways you didn’t know your hips could move.

So for the next month I’m gonna be shakin’ my bootay to test out this bad boy but I’ll keep you posted on how it goes. Hopefully it’ll have awesome get-fit, slim down effects (fingers crossed) but I guess we shall have to wait and see.

Ditch the workout, join the party!

now, go like the Facebook page :)