Here’s Why Zumba Works For So Many Women

Here’s Why Zumba Works For So Many Women

Certain dance or hip-hop classes might seem intimidating| but Zumba attempts to alleviate any trepidations. If you’ve wanted to try a dance class but feel like you have two left feet| Zumba is a great intro into the world of dance cardio u2014 you sweat| let loose| and cheer while burning a ton of calories.

| The choreography isn’t (too) complicated.

Most dance workout classes take the traditional add-on choreography approach| but Zumba is different. If there’s a tune you’re not loving or a move you just can’t seem master| that section of the class will be over in a few minutes. You start all over again with a new song and a brand-new set of steps. The constant change keeps things feeling new and exciting| and there’s always a chance to start fresh.

| You’ll build coordination.

Past dance classes may have left you feeling defeated at your lack of innate dancing skills| but at the start of Zumba| you’ll often hear instructors yelling “”just keep moving!”” As long as you’re continuing to move| you’re doing the workout right. In Zumba| there’s no emphasis placed on who has the best grasp of technique; effort is everything. And the more you go to class| you’ll find that your coordination and balance continue to improve u2014 testing these skills will only make them stronger.

| It’s easy to go at your own pace.

Depending on your body’s needs| you can make Zumba a high- or low-impact workout. Hardcore dancers can keep up and stay challenged by quick| sharp movements and extra jumps| while beginners can move at whatever pace they can handle. At the end of each song| you’re free to grab water| wipe off with a towel| or take a quick breather. Zumba’s premise is all about feeling good| working hard| and taking care of yourself.

| You’ll leave feeling refreshed.

After a tough cardio workout| sometimes you leave feeling wiped out and ready to hop back into bed. While Zumba is challenging| I always leave feeling energized| light| and ready to tackle the rest of the day with a positive perspective. It truly lives up to the “”fitness party”” hype.

Ballerina Misty Copeland Continues to Break Boundaries and Inspire Us

Misty Copeland has already proven how much of a badass athlete she is, but today she became more of an inspiration than ever. She just became the first African-American principal dancer in the incredibly prestigious American Ballet Theatre, a 78-year-old company with which she’s been dancing for over 14 years (eight of those years as a soloist). In case you’re unfamiliar with ballet, the title of principal dancer is the highest rank within a professional dance company ¡ª an amazing feat for any dancer, but especially Misty, who throughout her early career experienced harsh criticism about her unconventional looks, which she touched on last year in a powerful Under Armour ad.

The emotional moment of Misty’s promotion was captured in the Instagram video below by well-known ballerina Julie Kent, who retired this month after being a principal dancer with the ABT for 22 years.

Exciting promotions at ABT this morning!! Misty Copeland, Principal Dancer!!! ?? #MistyCopeland #ballerina #weloveyou

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Under Armour released a statement, saying, “Under Armour is incredibly proud of Misty, who continues to break barriers and change the world’s view of what it means to be a world-class ballerina. This is a woman who is driven not by her detractors, but by her desire to be great. Misty has proven to be a true trailblazer, whose passion for her art is only matched by the intensity of her will, and we are excited to celebrate this historical achievement.”

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Ballerina Misty Copeland Continues to Break Boundaries and Inspire Us

Misty Copeland has already proven how much of a badass athlete she is| but today she became more of an inspiration than ever. She just became the first African-American principal dancer in the incredibly prestigious American Ballet Theatre| a 78-year-old company with which she’s been dancing for over 14 years (eight of those years as a soloist). In case you’re unfamiliar with ballet| the title of principal dancer is the highest rank within a professional dance company ¡ª an amazing feat for any dancer| but especially Misty| who throughout her early career experienced harsh criticism about her unconventional looks| which she touched on last year in a powerful Under Armour ad.

The emotional moment of Misty’s promotion was captured in the Instagram video below by well-known ballerina Julie Kent| who retired this month after being a principal dancer with the ABT for 22 years.

Exciting promotions at ABT this morning!! Misty Copeland| Principal Dancer!!! ?? #MistyCopeland #ballerina #weloveyou

A video posted by Julie Kent (@juliekentofficial) on

Under Armour released a statement| saying| “Under Armour is incredibly proud of Misty| who continues to break barriers and change the world’s view of what it means to be a world-class ballerina. This is a woman who is driven not by her detractors| but by her desire to be great. Misty has proven to be a true trailblazer| whose passion for her art is only matched by the intensity of her will| and we are excited to celebrate this historical achievement.”

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102-Year-Old Dancer Sees Herself on Screen For the First Time, and Our Hearts Melt

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Alice Barker was a professional dancer for many years, but until last year, this 102-year-old woman had never seen herself perform on screen. Upon watching this vintage 1930s footage, Alice explained that seeing her younger self move, shake, and spin only “makes me wish I could get out of this bed and do it all over!” If you’ve been in a fitness rut, this incredible woman will inspire you to get up, get moving, and, dare I say, even hit up a dance class this weekend.

102-Year-Old Dancer Sees Herself on Screen For the First Time, and Our Hearts Melt

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Alice Barker was a professional dancer for many years| but until last year| this 102-year-old woman had never seen herself perform on screen. Upon watching this vintage 1930s footage| Alice explained that seeing her younger self move| shake| and spin only “makes me wish I could get out of this bed and do it all over!” If you’ve been in a fitness rut| this incredible woman will inspire you to get up| get moving| and| dare I say| even hit up a dance class this weekend.

It’s Time to Get on the Treadmill Dancing Boat (Er, Belt)

It’s Time to Get on the Treadmill Dancing Boat (Er| Belt)

After seeing Carson Dean’s amazing “Uptown Funk”” treadmill dance video and| of course| Glee star Harry Shum Jr. showing off his dancing treadmill moves| it seems like a way more fun way to get your cardio on. But you don’t need to be famous (or alone| apparently) to use the treadmill as your dance floor. Just check out these regular people getting their groove on for your own treadmill dancing inspiration.

My Big Fat Fabulous Life Star Says She Isn’t Promoting Obesity, Just Happiness

My Big Fat Fabulous Life Star Says She Isn’t Promoting Obesity| Just Happiness

Reality star Whitney Thore is no stranger to criticism regarding her weight . . . after all| when you’ve got a TLC show called My Big Fat Fabulous Life| viewers are bound to express strong opinions. However| the criticism hasn’t always come from outsiders. In an interview with People| Thore revealed that she struggled with guilt and self-blame for her weight: “”For 10 years when I was fat I was able to project a happy face| but I was absolutely miserable. Up until two years ago it was| ‘I gotta lose weight| I gotta lose weight|’ in a panic almost. This idea that life can’t start until I’m thin.”” But not anymore! The 380-pound 30-year-old denies promoting obesity with her reality show u2014 instead| she’s simply living life and not hating herself for being fat.

One of the ways that the TLC star lives life to the fullest is through dance| which is actually how she caught the eye of studio executives. A viral video called “”A Fat Girl Dancing|”” which shows Thore hitting some pretty impressive moves despite her size| amassed over 1.3 million views from impressed viewers and haters alike. Even in the recent comments of the video| critics accuse her of promoting obesity. This kind of accusation just doesn’t fly with Whitney:

“”Any fat person who’s just living and not miserable is apparently promoting obesity! If I’m pro-anything it’s simply pro-loving yourself in this moment because it’s all we have. And I do want to lose weight. I’m not nau00efve to the health risks that are going to come to me at almost 400 lbs. But does that mean I’m going to hate myself in the process? No. People seem to think that as I go about my daily life| just living and existing| that I’m trying to get some reaction out of people.

. . . I think people are very threatened by happy fat women. We have an idea that thinness leads to happiness. But to see a fat woman living her life and being happy in the moment now| I think people feel slighted: ‘Well| she just cut in line! I’ve been buying gym memberships and starving myself and buying wrinkle creams and who is she to get to feel happy?’ And I’m like| ‘No| sister| jump outta line. You can do it too.'””

While Thore is happy with her body as it is| she knows that losing weight is vital to leading a long and healthy life. In fact| her goal is to lose major weight for the sake of staying in the dance studio! “”If my stomach gets any bigger I won’t be able to bend down and tie my shoes. I love to be active| I like to dance. So for me to live my most fulfilled life| I need to drop 100 pounds|”” she shared with People. But her looks are not the motivator u2014 she simply wants to be as happy as possible with her life. Thore’s favorite part of the show is her interaction with the many viewers who find her story inspirational| many of whom pluck up the courage to start dancing or even come out of the closet after watching the star reject socially constructed shame.

Do you think that Thore’s show promotes obesity| or are you impressed with her confidence in front of the camera? Watch a few of her dancing videos ahead| because they might change your impression from “”fat”” to “”fabulous.””

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“”I just feel liberated now. Like I broke out of a prison. I made the viral video when I was 350 pounds. I said| I’m just going to do it. I’m just going to dance anyway. And that’s all I ever had to do| I just didn’t know it|”” Whitney shared of the video that made her famous.

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The star now shares her love of dance with the world| even busting a move with the TV anchors who conduct her interviews!

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Greensboro Dance Theatre is Whitney’s hip-hop studio; it welcomes dancers of all shapes and sizes.

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How do you feel about Thore’s dance moves?

14 Olympians That Went For the Gold on Dancing With the Stars

14 Olympians That Went For the Gold on Dancing With the Stars

Let’s be honest u2014 not everyone who tries their hand at ballroom dancing succeeds. That’s why when we hear that an Olympian is featured on Dancing with the Stars| we can’t help but get a little pumped that some of the world’s greatest athletes will try their hand at a tango. The latest Olympian to grace the show’s stage is bobsledder and track star Lolo Jones. Unfortunately she didn’t last long in the competition| being the first contestant eliminated this week.

After the show| the athlete went to Facebook to admit her remorse for leaving DWTS so soon. She hoped the show would lift her spirits after years of feeling scrutinized| saying| “”My brief time on u202a#u200eDWTSu202c was a lasting lesson. I really wanted to stay on the show and have the layers of hurt wash away by showing the public how hard I work. I wanted to come away a victor for once. I wanted to do so good performing in public that the haters would stop teasing me.”” No haters here| Lolo. We love her confidence for giving the dance floor a try.

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| Lolo Jones

The Olympian took her first steps onto the dance floor on Monday| but sadly those would be here last. “”My time was brief but the lesson is lasting. Thank you everyone who wrote me kind messages|”” she said.

| Meryl Davis

The Olympic ice dancer won the Mirror Ball in season 18 after getting a perfect score for her fox-trot/cha-cha fusion during the finale performance.

| Charlie White

The ice dancer (and Olympic partner of Meryl Davis) was not pleased when he was eliminated just one episode shy of the finals during season 18.

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| Sugar Ray Leonard

The retired professional boxer really enjoyed his time on DWTS. When he was eliminated on season 12| he said| “”I’m going to miss . . . the camaraderie| the love| the support| the show . . . my high heels| my sequins.””

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| Evan Lysacek

It was a close call during the season 10 finale of DWTS| but Nicole Scherzinger took home the trophy| leaving the figure skater as the first runner-up.

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| Maurice Greene

The track and field sprinter came in fifth place on the seventh season. “”I had a lot of fun. I made a lot of new friends out here. I learned how to dance out here in front of millions of people every night. I had a great time|”” he said on the show.

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| Kristi Yamaguchi

Figure skating isn’t the Olympian’s only talent. Kristi totally killed it on the dance floor and took home the Mirror Ball with a perfect score on the season finale.

| Apolo Ohno

Winning the fourth season just wasn’t enough for the short track speed skater; he also came back to dance for the All-Star season in 2012.

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| Shawn Johnson

America’s sweetheart and Olympic gymnast was the dance floor champion in season 8. Like Apolo| she also came back for the All-Star season and won second place.

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| Natalie Coughlin

The incredible swimmer tried out her dancing skills in season 9 and was eliminated in the fourth episode.

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| Hope Solo

After being eliminated from the semifinal round of season 13| the soccer goalkeeper wrote a memoir that included some shocking accounts from her DWTS experience.

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| Martina Navratilova

Sadly the amazing tennis player was the first to be eliminated off of season 14.

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| Misty May-Treanor

After rupturing her left Achilles tendon| the beach volleyball player had to withdraw from DWTS in season 7.

| Monica Seles

One of the most famous tennis players ever| Monica was the second star to be eliminated off of season 6.

| Floyd Mayweather

The champion boxer had a positive experience on the show. After being eliminated| Floyd said| “”It was marvelous just being here| just to get to this plateau. For all the fans that supported me| to everybody behind the scenes| I really appreciate it. We had a great time.””

Prepare to Be Inspired by Ballerina Misty Copeland’s New Ad For Under Armour

If you don’t think dancers are athletes, here’s a new ad from Under Armour, featuring American Ballet Theater soloist Misty Copeland, that might make you reconsider your position. A sponsored athlete of the UA brand, Misty may not compete in an arena, but anyone who has ever sashayed into a dance studio knows it is a competitive world, and this new ad speaks to her perseverance. The ballerina told The New York Times that although she never received such a harsh rejection letter as the one featured in the ad, she faced similar criticism, like being too muscular and too big. But it is her muscularity and her athleticism that we so admire. This video made us want to dust off our dancing shoes ¡ª how about you?

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Prepare to Be Inspired by Ballerina Misty Copeland’s New Ad For Under Armour

If you don’t think dancers are athletes| here’s a new ad from Under Armour| featuring American Ballet Theater soloist Misty Copeland| that might make you reconsider your position. A sponsored athlete of the UA brand| Misty may not compete in an arena| but anyone who has ever sashayed into a dance studio knows it is a competitive world| and this new ad speaks to her perseverance. The ballerina told The New York Times that although she never received such a harsh rejection letter as the one featured in the ad| she faced similar criticism| like being too muscular and too big. But it is her muscularity and her athleticism that we so admire. This video made us want to dust off our dancing shoes ¡ª how about you?

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