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How to Enhance Your Workouts

Posted by ZumbaContraCosta on August 5, 2016

I love this post written today by my Zumba Jammer Friend, Tennishia Vines.  Tennishia has been teaching Zumba for over 5 years and is the Assistant Group Fitness Manager at the Osher Family JCC.  I whole-heartedly agree with her ideas about enhancing your fitness workout.

The Secret to Energizing Your Zumba Workout

By Tennishia Vines, August 4, 2016

Teaching over 200 Zumba® participants per week, I have had every type of student: the professional dancer, the front row diva, the can’t-remember-the-moves-but-giving-it-my-all student, the high-impact guru, the leisurely dancer and more. But I’ve noticed there is one type of Zumba®  participant who gets the most out of every workout. No matter how good he or she is at dancing, regardless of age, gender, or any other factor, this type of student always has the best results.

In fact, I use this same technique when I teach.

Q: The biggest secret to having a great Zumba workout?

A: Having a free-spirited, positive attitude and always wearing your smile!

That’s right, be positive and show your grin. I have chosen to do this when I work out because it’s good for my health. I always tell my students, ‘You burn more calories if you smile!’ because you are more likely to do bigger moves. You should be having an emotional connection to the dance.

Here are five reasons why smiling is great for your daily routine.

  1. Smiling decreases stress. Studies have shown that it can reduce levels of cortisol, the stress hormone.
  2. It helps you recover faster. This was shown in an experiment with people who smiled after accomplishing a stressful task.
  3. It helps you perform better. Runners have noticed the benefits!
  4. It makes you more approachable. Way to make new friends in your Group Exercise class!
  5. And of course, it costs nothing.

Next time you find yourself in class trying to keep up with the moves, burn more calories or just make a new friend, remember to bring your positive, free-spirited attitude. I’d better see you smiling next time!

Exercise with a Smile

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Dancing away the morning for Walnut Creek CERT

Posted by ZumbaContraCosta on July 3, 2011

What better way to spend a weekend morning than to shimmy & shake to Zumba’s Latin beats, while raising funds for Walnut Creek CERT (Community Emergency Response Team).  On June 18th Zumba Contra Costa’s Janice Litvin, accompanied by Claudia Lira, Parandis Banifatemi, & Lynda Penados, took CERT supporters, including Walnut Creek Mayor Cindy Silva and WC CERT’s director, Gayle Vassar all the way to a Salsa battle at the beautiful Shadelands Art Center. 

Fema-endorsed CERT trains community volunteers to respond during a disaster in areas such as:   fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, disaster medical operations, and most important, communication.  For more information about upcoming CERT trainings or to become a volunteer, contact cert@walnut-creek.org.

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Zumbathon for Komen Smashing Success

Posted by ZumbaContraCosta on October 29, 2010

Over 90 people danced salsa, merengue, cumbia, reggaeton & belly dance last Saturday at Walnut Creek’s first ever Zumbathon benefitting Susan G. Komen for the Cure at Las Lomas High School.  Did you know that breast cancer is the 2nd leading cause of cancer in women?  Over $1,000 was raised for breast cancer research & awareness, while 6 instructors: Janice Litvin, Eduardo Vargas, Sheyla Moreno Culligan, Raquel Call, Nannette Vides & Debbie Wiesenthal, accompanied by Percussionist Extraordinaire, Roberto Rios led the 90+ men, mothers & daughters.  A big thank you to our sponsors:  Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Diablo Magazine, Target, Trader Joe’s Lafayette, & Allegro Copy+Print.

 

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Introducing 1st Ever Zumba Music Video – Caipirinha

Posted by ZumbaContraCosta on August 20, 2010


Introducing the first Zumba video “Caipirinha” with lyrics…

LYRICS

Você me faz dançar,
Do jeito que você quer
Assim vai começar
Vem Ca pra Ca

Chorus: Zumba, Brazil, caipirinha, baila (x2)

Essa menina de Ipanema vai bailando assim
Essa menina de Ipanema quando passa…
Essa menina de Ipanema vai bailando assim
Essa menina de Ipanema quando passa…

Mami the way you move your hips
The music pumping like this
Your body hittin’ the beat
Me vuelve loco…

Mami let me know what you feel
This is so good it’s surreal
If you give it up to me now
Me rompe el coco…

1,2,3
1,12,13
Zumba, Brazil, caipirinha, baila (x2)
Habibi Yarah Berioh (x4)

Essa menina de Ipanema vai bailando assim
Essa menina de Ipanema quando passa
Essa menina de Ipanema vai bailando assim
Essa menina de Ipanema quando passa

Mami the way you move your hips
The music pumping like this
Your body hittin’ the beat
Me vuelve loco…

Mami let me know what you feel
This is so good it’s surreal
If you give it up to me now
Me rompe el coco…

1,2,3
1,12,13
Zumba, Brazil, caipirinha, baila (x2)
Habibi Yarah Berioh (x8)

Você me faz dançar,
Do jeito que você quer
Assim vai começar
Vem Ca pra Ca

La guacamaya de Ipanema dança do Brasil (x3)
Zumba, Brazil, caipirinha, baila (x2)

Caipirinha

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