Karen Argrett-Richardson, Piedmont Heights resident, licensed Zumba instructor and owner of 2GetFitZumba.
What is Zumba?
Zumba is a Latin-inspired cardio dance workout that gets you up and moving to the beats of varies types of music, such as Latin, Carribean, African, East Indian, Pop, and Hip Hop. The result is a fun filled effective workout that keeps you coming back for more.
Do clients need dance experience?
No prior dance experience is needed to get the full benefits from Zumba.The steps are simple, easy to follow, and to learn. I tell all of my students “there are no mistakes in Zumba only accidental solos”.
How long have you been a Zumba instructor?
I have been teaching Zumba for three years.
Is Zumba for all ages?
Yes! Zumba is for everybody. Zumba Fitness, the orginal program introduced to the public in 2001 is the high intensity, cardio fast paced program that first put Zumba on the map. Today in addition to the original program Zumba offers 11 specialty classes that are designed for a range of the population (children to seniors) and their various fitness needs. The class I teach at Rock Springs Presbyterian Church is a specialty class called Zumba Gold. My class incorporates the same principles found in Zumba Fitness classes but slows down the pace and lowers the intensity level. These modifications are ideal for active older adults or those people who are just starting their fitness journey. I'm also trained to teach the specialty classes for children, which may be coming in the new year.
What are the benefits of Zumba?
Gosh there are so many benefits...I'll try to keep it brief.
You get a total body workout, your legs, arms and core muscles all get a complete workout with Zumba. Less desirable exercises like squats are seamlessly incorporated into the choreography. If you want to lose weight, Zumba is for you. It burns hundreds of calories per hour and because it's a cardio exercise, it increases your metabolism so you continue that burn all day.Let's talk about how Zumba improves the mind/body connection. Dancing is shown to build balance and coordination, two important brain functions. Increased ability in balance and coordination is essential to help reduce falls as we age. Zumba is FUN, and if you are having fun you remain consistent. Hip shaking and moving to energizing music is better than the endless drudgery of treadmills and counting reps. New songs and choreography keep your workout fresh, while challenging your mind and body. Last, but definitely not least, it's social. Zumba sessions are more like a party than an exercise class, so it's a great place to meet new people, and have fun with friends while getting a great workout.
Is resistance traing an important addition to Zumba?
I feel resistance training should be a part of an effective fitness program. The benefits are improvements to strength, flexibilty, body composition, muscle tone and posture. Why add it to Zumba? Because Zumba is a cardio exercise, the focus is on you moving your large muscle groups to raise your heart rate.Your heart is a muscle. So working it makes it stronger. Resistance training, using your own body weight or equipment causes the muscles to contract against an external resistance with the expectation of increases in strength, tone, mass, and/or endurance.
What inspired you to teach Zumba?
I took my first Zumba class in 2012. I was pre-menopausal, not sleeping well lacking energy and badly in need of physical activity. My husband and I joined a gym, he headed off to the weight room and I hit the cardio machines. One day while feeling less than enthusiastic on the treadmill I saw these happy looking people going into a room with frosted walls and I heard this music that made me want to dance coming from there. A Zumba class was in session, the minute I walked into that room I knew I had found my fitness connection. It checked off all of my boxes. After that first class I was sweating, I had fun, I was laughing while I worked out. I made friends who I still keep in touch with today. Sleeping got better, and I loved that feeling of satisfying exhaustion. Zumba was the gateway to my pursuit of attaining my best fit life. I am now very familiar and know my way around the weight room. I love to work out and constantly challenge my body to show me what more it can do. My love for the classes and what it did for me motivated me to become an instructor. I love my job, and strive to help others find their fitness connection.
Can you give us some suggestions on how to survive the holiday without putting on pounds?
Sure, I just read a very informative article on Greatist, one of my favorite sites that addressed this thoroughly. Here's the link greatist.com/health/ways-to- avoid-holiday-weight-gain.
Where can we find you?
Classes are held in the Loudermilk Center behind Rock Springs Presbyterian Church
1824 Piedmont Rd. NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
Office: 404 892-9008
Cell: 301 512-5824
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