Fun, challenging steps

FITNESS PARTY: Exercise instructor Pindiwe Ntuli, left, shows Balisa Ntloko, centre, and Shoneen Bosch, a zumba step move. Picture: MARK WEST
FITNESS PARTY: Exercise instructor Pindiwe Ntuli, left, shows Balisa Ntloko, centre, and Shoneen Bosch, a zumba step move. Picture: MARK WEST

The Herald reporter BALISA NTLOKO shakes her bootie with the new zumba step workout

WHEN I got to the new Virgin Active zumba step class, the room was filled with about 20 women, most of whom were about my age.

This made me more comfortable – at least then competition would not be too tough, I thought.

Group exercise trainer Pindiwe Ntuli, who has always enjoyed Latin dancing, gave us a fun-filled grill saying: “The salsa is my favourite. It is unashamedly sensuous.”

She demonstrated a few moves on the step – hopping on and off. It looked pretty straightforward: “One step to the left, two steps to the right, slides, tap, three steps up.”

Little did I know it was going to be somewhat of a challenge. But a good one at that, as I just needed to follow the beat. After a couple of mistakes and missed steps, I eventually caught up.

Side to side I twirled, danced and swayed my hips to the good music. We did a merengue, cumbia and salsa.

I enjoyed it because it was a fun way to burn calories and still feel sexy while doing so.

It’s also great to know you can buy the zumba step DVD and do the moves in the comfort of your own home.

It was a great thigh, leg and butt workout without that feeling afterwards that you’ve been run over by a train.

The class was a real fitness party and I recommend it to everyone who is easy-going and loves having fun – someone who will laugh at their mistakes.

You don’t have to have good rhythm.

I certainly don’t.

Zumba step is offered at all Virgin Active clubs.

 

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