Celebrity Zumba

I love to workout but my schedule does not always allow the time to do it.  Finding a partner gives you that extra incentive to follow through with your fitness goals.  My neighbor Rachael recently told me about a Zumba class that took place once a week that was lead by a celebrity instructor.  Okay, this was intriguing.  The location was not far from where I live and it sounded like an energetic fun class.  Zumba is more like a fitness party than a boring routine.  Every class is different depending on the instructor.  It combines Latin dance moves with hip-hop, samba, salsa, mambo and martial arts.  Squats and lunges are also included.  Talk about a way to wake up your body!

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It turns out that the class my neighbor told me about is taught my CBS/KDKA-TV celebrity Jennifer Antkowiak.  I have followed her for years with her investigative reporting, magazine, and TV show.  She truly is a caring person who even has her own website called Jennifer Cares.  She also developed a Corporate Wellness Program that helps keep family caregivers who work outside the home happier, healthier and more productive.  Just visit   http://CaregiverAtWork.com.

I found Jennifer to be a very inspiring person when I took her first Zumba class.  She is a high energy person with a lot of enthusiasm.  I identified with her immediately.  She makes a point of personally meeting new participants and shows a keen interest in your personal fitness goals.  The best part about her routine is the easy pay $5.00 a class process.  There is no membership to buy or obligation of any kind.  She does have punch cards available but I haven’t delved that  far into it yet.

The class I took was packed but I felt like I got a weeks worth of workout in one night!  I met some very nice people and it was a very fun evening.  My class takes place the first Wednesday of every month at 6:00 p.m. at the Wilkins Elks Club 677 located at 718 Beulah Road in Turtle Creek.  There is also a weekly Monday class at 6:30 p.m. and a Friday class at 9:30 a.m.  I should mention that this location includes a nice big dance floor, party lights, and a disco ball add to the fun!

There is also a class on Monday at 9:30 a.m. and Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. at the Blackridge Civic Association located at 1200 Beulah Road in Penn Hills.  It offers a big, bright, happy space with floor-to-ceiling windows on both sides that create a very open airy feeling.  A nice bonus is a children’s’ room right off the dance floor allows kids to play while you take your class.  There is also plenty of free parking at both locations.

I highly recommend Zumba to get your new year off to a healthy start.  There are plenty of classes available regardless of where you live so check one out today to dance yourself to fitness.


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