Before I went, I asked some Facebook friends if I should go or not. I got a myriad of responses including encouragement to go, and reassurance that I would like the class. My favorite comment though, was "Zumba is African for awkward".
How right they were.
I walked in the class right as it was starting (whats new?) and was forced to be in the back row. Back row rocks. It requires less face time with the super amped instructor, and allows you to be seen by fewer folks. EXCEPT at this gym. The back row is also lined in windows that peer out onto the cardio and weight lifting floor. So while I am shaking it in a spin move, I saw a shirt I recognized [crap]. Second spin move, I realize I see my neighbor who would no doubt have a field day with my participation in such a group fitness class [CRAP].
The women beside me were ridiculously nice. They asked me if it was my first time and what my name was and to ignore the glass wall behind me.
Yah right! If I were out lifting weights and I saw a hippo in spandex trying to make latin moves look good on her, I'd have to stare too. It's an ocular law, similar to a train wreck.
As nice as the women were, I was way too self conscious to do a class like that alone. Not too cool- don't get it twisted.
I was finally able to let go and have fun for a bit, but one spin move later and I jerked back to reality* seeing the vast array of co-workers, church friends and neighbors alike all jockeying for a position at the window to laugh at me. Ok, not really, but it felt like that.
*Note: Reality= Not having the smooth moves of a saucy minx latin dancer who had stolen the affection of all those watching regardless of my girth.
It ended up being a decent work out. I don't know if it was my head not letting me get into it that kept it from being a harder workout, or if it was just not supposed to be a shirt drencher. Either way I would only give it a 6 for toughness.
If I were to go again I would have to go with a friend, or go to a new gym that had 4 walls surrounding the workout room.
Or start investing in disguises.