Zumba, Baby

In case you missed yesterday's post, I am so excited to add a new fitness series to the Queen City Style.  As we all know, taking good care of yourself is always in style, so I will appropriately call the new series Fit + Fab!  I could not be more thrilled to welcome my Zumba instructor cousin, Cousin Holly, as the first guest contributor.  Cousin Holly will share with us some of the many benefits of this great exercise program while styling Zumba apparel.  Dancing is such a great form of exercise, one of my favorites, and so for this first month's story, I asked Holly to tell us what she loves about Zumba as well as the clothes.  So without further adieu, I give you Cousin Holly...

The reason I love Zumba Fitness is simple...it is a fun, high energy, party like class. The music is very different than your average cardio class. It is a little Latin mixed with a little Hip Hop! After my two children were born I worked so hard to lose the weight. I would hit the gym and get on the elliptical machine and then run for a little bit. I am not a runner.  So, I started taking Zumba and the weight came flying off!!! I was taking a Zumba class about three times a week and saw a huge difference. I fell in love with it so much I started teaching three years ago. For me, it is by far the best work-out. You are moving NON-STOP, dancing and shaking for the entire hour. It makes me feel so good about myself, and it puts me in such a good mood. You burn, on average, 600 calories per class! It is super easy to modify, so if you want to take it down a notch you can. You truly feel like you are out at a party and when the class gets into it the more fun it is. I lost 20 pounds just like that, and now the weight stays off. You are moving your entire body which means you are working your arms, legs, core, and butt. 

Regarding Zumba Fashion, it is stylish, cool, unique, fun and most important, comfy.  I love the fact that I can wear it in class and then hit the streets in style. The long black leggings are something everyone can use. They are simple with just a small splash of zumba on the ankle with the Zumba logo. They feel great on, stay up on the hips, and make your butt look great!! They are lightweight and hold in the sweat, which means no dreaded sweat marks.

The hoodie is super cute; so hip and fun with just a little sexy.  It is lightweight and very versatile. Throw a tank under it, and you can wear it out on the town!  The sports bra is GREAT. Cool design and cool colors, which makes you want to show it off. So much more fun than a plain old solid sports bra.

The Zumba Energy Push High sneakers are on the wild side. Coming from someone who has never worn a high top shoe ever, they are amazingly comfortable. They have great support for the foot and ankle, which is very important with all the lateral movement you do in most gym classes.  These shoes will allow you the ability to slide, twist your hips, pivot, and shake your whole body.  BOLD is the best word that describes these shoes... break out of you shell and try them!

As you can see, I love Zumba, I love this line of clothing, and I can't wait to share more with you!  Thanks so much for being here!  Holly