Frisco Curves shakes it up with Zumba
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The Black Eyed Peas’ “Boom Boom Pow” pumped through the speakers of Curves in Frisco on a recent morning as a circle of women threw their hands in the air, copying the moves of Zumba instructor Fareda Shehab. Zumba – a Latin-inspired dance-fitness program – is a recent addition to the Curves program.
In the new 30-minute classes, Curves participants work out on each Curves strength machine for one minute, and practice Zumba between machines. In normal Curves classes, members move in a “circuit” through each fitness machine and station during a 30-minute class.
Curves director of exercise and research Katie Mitchell said the new combination is a “boredom-busting workout.”
“There’s a lot going on to keep your attention and keep you motivated,” she said. “You’re listening to high-energy music that just makes you want to move, watching to make sure you’re meeting your goals on the strength machines, and training your body and your brain by learning new dance moves.”
Curves of Frisco owner Carla Erikson said the legal partnership between Curves and Zumba was initiated by Ted Nugent’s wife, Shemane Nugent, an avid Zumba instructor.
“You need discipline to do it,” Erikson said. “It’s just a really good workout.”
Erikson said Zumba moves work the arms, belly and hips. She said instructors tend to have “Hollywood arms.”
Shehab said she just started practicing Zumba in October. Since then, she has lost 30 pounds.
“I love Zumba because you don’t feel like you’re working out,” she said. “It’s something in my blood.”
Shehab said many of Zumba’s moves imitate tasks from all over the world, such as cutting crops with a sickle or removing the red flag in bullfighting.
“Every movement has a story behind it,” Erikson said.
Participant Becky Barnes – a Curves member for over five years – said she loves the addition of Zumba to her normal routine.
“It’s so much fun,” she said. “No one judges you; no one cares. We just have fun.”
Erikson said all Curves participants seem to be enjoying Zumba so far. She said last Monday’s class was packed.
“It’s been fantastic,” she said. “Everybody smiles and has a good time.”
Erikson said she wants to invite everyone, even non-members, to try the new workout. She said Summit County residents can try Curves free for a week. Individual classes are $2 for a half-hour. Erikson said participants can stay for a full hour, if they’re not too tired, for no extra charge.
“For $2 it’s a pretty fun time,” Erikson said. “It’s just a hoot. A sweaty hoot.”
For more information, call Curves at (970) 668-8789.
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