Lauren and I have been friends since the sixth grade, where we bonded over our common interests of musicals and boys (unfortunately for our friendship, sometimes the same one). We've watched each other grow up, and now I have the pleasure of seeing her become an amazing mother to two beautiful and wonderful children! Recently Lauren took a Zumba Sentao class at La Luna Dance Studio in Bensalem, PA. She had such great things to say about it, so I asked her to share it here - maybe YOU are a Zumba Sentao fanatic and you don't even know it?
Fast forward to last Thursday. I called the dance studio beforehand to find out what I needed to bring. “A lot of water and towel. You will sweat!” (she didn't lie!). I was also told that the particular class I wanted to come to was Zumba Sentao or, as it was described to me, Zumba with chairs. I was intrigued.
Walking into the class I was nervous, but the instructor obviously noticed she had a few newcomers and explained Zumba Sentao. It incorporates some Zumba dance moves and with traditional fitness moves, like squats, lunges, crunches, planks, and chair-dips. She said for a first time Zumba student (that's me!) it was a good introduction to Zumba.
Okay, here we go! The music pumped loudly as she got everyone on their feet, standing in front of a chair. We started with basic dance moves, that even I, with no formal dance training, could follow. Then we moved into chair-dips. My triceps were feeling the burn! A little more dancing and then working on our core. Then some more dancing that incorporated squats and lunges. And let's not forget about the chair planks! The hour moved quickly, proving to me that even know I was working hard, I was having fun too. The overall atmosphere was relaxed and I could tell that all the women were enjoying themselves, even though they were complaining about the twenty pushups the instructor made us do at the end of clas.
All in all, I really enjoyed the class and will be going back again. I agree with the instructor that it was a good introduction to Zumba. None of the dance moves were complicated, so even the most novice dancer could follow right along. I recommend Zumba Sentao to anyone who hates “working out”. It never felt like a typical workout and the combination of cardio and strength training kept it interesting. I feel like I accomplished a lot within the hour!