Posted by ZumbaContraCosta on December 15, 2014
Posted by ZumbaContraCosta on November 1, 2014
Low Impact, High Energy Zumba Classes with Janice
Walnut Creek: Tuesday &/or Thursday Nights 7:30 pm (Tice Valley Gym) – New session begins January 6th / 8th
Pleasant Hill: Friday Mornings 9:30 am (1948 Oak Park Blvd., near Putnam)
Alamo: Sundays 9:30 am (24 Hour Fitness, Alamo Plaza, Alamo)
Call Now for Details! 415.518.2202 to register or Janice@ZumbaContraCosta.com
Posted by ZumbaContraCosta on October 28, 2014
Stay in Shape this holiday season
Zumba Fridays 9:30 am • Pleasant Hill (1948 Oak Park)
Every Friday through December, and beyond.
Get in touch for ways to save: Janice@ZumbaContraCosta.com
Posted by ZumbaContraCosta on September 21, 2014
Sunday’s 9:30 am throughout the holiday season.
All Are Welcome • Drop-in’s $10 • Ask about a Free Pass!
Posted by ZumbaContraCosta on September 14, 2014
Get a Jump on Your New Year’s Fitness Plans
Join Zumba Fitness, Walnut Creek
Tuesday’s or Thursday’s • 7:30 pm
Tice Valley Gym, 2055 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek
http://www.WalnutCreekRec.org or 925.943.5858
Posted by ZumbaContraCosta on July 19, 2014
Been thinking of trying Zumba?
Now is the time to act…for a limited time you can get 10 Zumba classes for $29!
Pleasant Hill Location – Fridays 9:30 am (1948 Oak Park Blvd.)
Posted by ZumbaContraCosta on July 1, 2014
Want to try Zumba? Want to save $$$? Now is the time.
10 Classes – Only $29 – You save 64%!
Register Now http://www.groupon.com/deals/zumba-contra-costa
Pleasant Hill Location – 1948 Oak Park Blvd., near Putnam
Posted by ZumbaContraCosta on December 30, 2013
After partying & imbibing, get down to business
Zumba Walnut Creek – Tuesday & Thursday, 7:30 pm
(ongoing, just show up to register with check or CC)
Tice Valley Gym, 2055 Tice Valley Blvd.
Pleasant Hill – Friday’s 10:00 am (9:30, beg. 1/24/14)
1948 Oak Park Blvd. (near Putnam)
(Register with Cash or Check)
Questions: 415.518.2202 or Janice@ZumbaContraCosta.com
Posted by ZumbaContraCosta on April 5, 2013
As seen on fitsugar.com
Zumba Founder Beto Perez’s 5 Tips For Taking Your First Class
When it comes to taking your first Zumba class, no one may know better about the anxieties students face than someone who’s taught thousands around the world — the inventor of Zumba himself, Beto Perez. “Sometimes people see the class through the window and they feel a little intimidated because they see the coordination. . . [and] think that they need to know choreography before,” he says. “In Zumba we don’t have levels; we don’t have beginners, intermediate, or advanced. We prepare the instructors in a way that anybody can do it.” Convinced? Here are Beto’s five expert tips for making your first Zumba class a success.
- Choose the right class: Any Zumba class will offer something for beginners, but Beto especially recommends the newest offering, Zumba Sentao, which uses a chair as your “dance partner” to help you work out. Having that anchor point can help beginners feel more comfortable when they try a class, Beto suggests.
- Get there early: If you’re new to Zumba, rushing in late is not an option if you don’t want to feel disoriented and discouraged. “You need to be at the beginning of the class because the warmup is one of the most important parts of the class,” advises Beto. And after the 10-minute warmup, the instructor starts you out with simple steps using an easy rhythm like merengue or cha cha cha, which is why “it’s so important you start at the beginning of the class,” he says.
Keep reading for three more expert tips.
- Focus on your legs: Feeling a bit uncoordinated? If you get lost when the instructor shows you a movement to do with your arms to go along with your legs, skip the arms part. Focusing on just following the leg movements will ensure you still get an effective workout. “We understand it’s hard,” Beto says. “Don’t worry.” After a few classes, you’ll feel more comfortable with adding arm movements to your dance steps.
- Dress for success: You’ll feel more confident and in control if you wear clothes you are comfortable in, so opt for an outfit that affords you lots of movement, along with comfortable shoes. Beto says he sees people arrive to class in ballroom shoes, thinking it’s a dance class “but they need to remember that this is a fitness class — [wear] tennis shoes,” he says.
- Take a break: It’s important to know when you need to take a time out, Beto says, especially if you’re finding it hard to breathe. “If you are red in the face, you need to take a break and drink water,” he advises.
Posted by ZumbaContraCosta on January 29, 2013
Zumba Contra Costa announces
Sporty for Forty
a 40-day Activity Challenge in support of
American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women
When: Beginning Wear Red Day February 1st – March 12th
What: a 40-day activity challenge to get you moving more.
How: Bring at least $5 to any Zumba Contra Costa class during the first week of February and you will receive your 40-day activity challenge. Throughout the challenge you will receive motivational tips & recipes. All proceeds benefit the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign.
Raffle Prizes & Winners chosen & announced at one of 3 parties during the week of March 12th
Location: Every Zumba Contra Costa class
Tuesday’s & Thursday’s 7:30 pm Tice Valley Gym, Walnut Creek
Friday’s 10 am, Diablo Theater, Pleasant Hill
This Friday, February 1st is National Wear Red Day®, a day that kicks of the American Heart Association’s Heart Health Month and the Go Red for Women campaign. This campaign aims to educate and remind us that heart disease is the number one killer among women. Whether heart disease is inherited or not, the American Heart Association teaches us that there are several things we can do to protect ourselves, including eating healthy foods, getting our cholesterol checked, and of course, exercising. The U.S. Surgeon General recommends 150 minutes per week of high intensity exercise or 300 minutes, moderate intensity.
You may be asking yourself, “How can I motivate myself to exercise that much? I know I made the resolution to exercise more, but life just gets in the way. And, really, exercise is so boring.”
Here are three motivational tips to help you adhere to your exercise resolution.
#1 Find a physical activity you truly love. This is the most important step you can take. Try something new. There are so many options to choose from nowadays: Yoga, Pilates, Zumba Fitness, belly, ballroom, or salsa dancing, kick boxing, swimming, biking or hiking with the kids. If you don’t like gyms, no problem. Look in the Walnut Creek Recreation’s Program Guide (or your community center’s catalog). There are so many fun and interesting classes offered throughout the year.
#2 Be specific when making goals, and track your activity either on paper or with one of the new high tech pedometers that track everything from steps to calories to sleep. Seeing your accomplishments strengthens your resolve. Keep it simple so you will always have time to track.
#3 Positive Self-Talk. Being positive has profound effects on intentions and actions. Telling yourself you’re too tired to work out after a long day is an easy bad habit to make. But how about following up that thought with, “I always feel better after a workout and I will feel proud that I stuck with it.” Learning how to develop positive self-talk can have broad implications for other areas of your life.
One of the biggest tactics to adhering to an exercise program is motivation, motivation from within. Needing to lose weight or reduce cholesterol are examples of extrinsic motivation. In order to effect a change from extrinsic to intrinsic motivation, one needs only find and develop the motivator within. The three tips I have outlined above are three of the most important steps you can take to effect this change. And don’t forget to wear red on Friday. More information about this campaign can be found at GoRedforWomen.org.
This year to honor Heart Health Month and support the American Heart Association, I am launching Sporty for Forty, a 40-day activity challenge, described above. Questions: Janice@ZumbaContraCosta.com