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In March, 2010, Gary Heavin, owner of Curves International contacted me and asked if I would be interested in working with the originator of Zumba Beto Perez on a new project for Curves.  “Hmmmm,” I thought.  “Am I being punked?” Turns out, I wasn’t.  The next thing I knew, I was on the Curves jet bound for Miami to meet Alberto Perlman, Beto and the Zumba family at the Zumba Office (ZO).  I was a little nervous about what to expect but Alberto and everyone at the ZO were so kind and welcoming.  I instantly felt like part of the Zumba family. Alberto explained the project and exactly what both Curves and Zumba expected of me.  And working with Beto was, well, just as you can imagine – very exciting!  He told me about his vision, and that he used to teach a very similar class and he put out “condoms” around the room.  What?  Condoms?  Reluctantly, I asked Beto to explain that concept.  What kind of circuit was this? I was relieved to find out that if my Spanish-speaking skills were better I would have known Beto said “candles.”  Whew!

What is Zumba in the Circuit? The exciting dance rhythms of a Zumba fitness class combined with the state-of the art Curves equipment provided a complete, fun, and effective workout.  Bringing Zumba fitness into the Curves environment provides Zumba instructors more opportunities to grow individually and share their love for teaching a Zumba fitness class with an entirely new audience. The circuit is perfect for non-dancers, new exercisers, or those who have previously hesitated to participate in group exercise classes. The circuit creates an exciting and safe new workout for Curves members with choreography that’s simple and addresses the primary components of fitness; cardiovascular and muscular conditioning. The Circuit is great for everyone; participants of any fitness level, any background, and all ages. Curves manager Susan McKay said, “We have members that are returning and it’s unique to any other program because it combines strength training with an amazingly fun cardio workout!”

What’s great about teaching Zumba in the Circuit is the one-on-one relationship instructors have with students.  They become the party hostess, making sure everyone is safe and having fun! Participants are on strength training machines for one minute, then rotate to what used to be a “recovery station” and dance along with the Zumba instructor instead.  There’s very little choreography, with one to two new moves per minute.  In thirty minutes participants can enjoy a full body workout and have a fun at the same time!

Zumba continually provides its instructors with new programs and new opportunities. It has been such a blessing for me to share my passion for Zumba fitness with so many people who have not had the opportunity to experience it for themselves.  It still feels like I’ve been punked though. This is too good to be true.