Sports column: Zumba: It’ll put a smile on your faceTwenty-three-year-old Monita Gibson first went to Zumba last July. “I actually came to Zumba with my roommate who was scared to go alone,” she said. “She lasted only a couple weeks, but I caught the Zumba bug and fell in love.”
Twenty-three-year-old Monita Gibson first went to Zumba last July.
“I actually came to Zumba with my roommate who was scared to go alone,” she said. “She lasted only a couple weeks, but I caught the Zumba bug and fell in love.”
Not only did Gibson fall in love with the workout, but she fell in love with the way it changed her life and the people it introduced to her.
“Zumba has literally changed my life and lifestyle,” she said. “I started to feel good from the inside out. Zumba gave me a sense of confidence that I had never known. I somehow danced off 55 pounds within the first nine months and have been able to keep it off.”
Walking into Duluth’s Z-Studio for the first time, Gibson said she felt welcomed into a positive, motivating and loving community.
“These ladies have literally become my best friends in a short amount of time, but I now can’t imagine my life without them,” she said.
Now that Zumba has transformed her life, she is hoping that she can
use Zumba to transform the lives of others, as she is now a certified Zumba instructor.
“I love being able to watch and motivate our clients through their fitness journeys and being able to have a Zumba party with them every day,” Gibson said. “The pure joy that we can get from a sweaty hard-working class is just crazy. I am willing to place bets that our clients are a lot happier walking out of a Zumba class than they are after a long run or an hour at the gym. Fitness can be fun.”
As an instructor, Gibson teaches anywhere between five and seven classes a week and also attends as many classes on the side as she can. She is in the process of adding more classes to her repertoire, including one for kids and one for a “mommy and me” level called Zumbini.
Zumba is something that Gibson hopes to be involved in for a long time, especially now that she is able to offer age-appropriate classes for everyone.
“Zumba is a different fitness class because we are constantly evolving,” she said. “We change up our songs and routines so our bodies will never get used to our workout and it’s always a challenge.”
But the best part of Zumba for Gibson is how much fun she and those in her class are able to have.
“I dare you to try and leave without a smile on your face,” she said.
Duluthian Sarah Packingham writes about sports for the Budgeteer. Contact her at email@example.com.