The Road to Good Health Part 1: Zumba

Then and Now

Then and Now

 

“Fat, black, bulk in a wine barrel room . . .” These words kept popping in my head for quite a while a few months after giving birth to my second child – Jose Luis.

 

This was a line from a group presentation we had way back in High School called “The Congo.” For a while, I felt like the Congo.  I can laugh about it now but being on the heavy side brought new problems I never experienced before. My knees kept buckling-down on me when I walk.  I find it hard to climb up stairs.  My clothes no longer fit. And there were only 2 local stores I can go to that would carry my new dress size.

 

But more than the aesthetics brought about by losing weight, I worried about my health.  And so, January of last year I started my long and painful path towards better health.  I knew it involved more than just exercise or less food.  I knew, grudgingly at first, that I had to combine both aspects in coming up with a sustainable health plan.

 

The hardest part of this grand plan of mine was the STARTING point!  I kept on procrastinating about it, but when I did start, it became less stressful and more enjoyable.

 

Zumba Toning / Zumba Fitness

 

Where do I go to for a fitness program?  I didn’t exactly know where but somehow the Lord opened up opportunities for me.  A co-parent in Sam’s school owned and operated Train Station Studio.  They offered a free trial session for Zumba and it sounded really interesting so off I went.  I got to attend ZIN Pepper Lozada’s Zumba Toning Class that time and from then on I got hooked.  I loved the concept that I can just dance and have fun and lift a pair of dumb bells while dancing to cool African or Latin music.  I said to myself, this doesn’t feel like torture.  I liked it!

 

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Around June of 2013 I got the opportunity to attend ZIN Dan Cabiling’s classes in Gold’s Gym Galleria.  Because it was nearer to my kids’ schools it was easier for me to attend Zumba classes there.  And so I began to regularly attend Dan’s classes.  Friends Miles and Cathy became my regular companion not to mention Julie and Ela.  We all have a grand time getting fit while dancing.

Dan simply loves to dance and teach!  Thus, his classes are always full and you’ve got to arrive early just to make sure you get a good spot on the dance floor.  But don’t worry if you ever find yourself at the back or in the middle because he makes sure to move around all over the dance hall so that everybody can have the opportunity to see him better.  He also changes his routines every now and then so it never gets boring.

Dan is a Certified Group Exercise Instructor (ACE & AFAA) and a Certified Personal Fitness Trainer (ACE & AFAA).  He also choreographs and manages a dance troupe.  He has 23 years of dance experience to his name which includes Traditional Aerobics, Yoga Fit, Pilates just to mention a few and of course Zumba!

 

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His Zumba Certifications are as follows:

  • ZUMBA B1- MICHAEL THOMAS – AUSTRALIA
  • ZUMBA B1- 1st Refresher Course DAVID VELEZ
  • ZUMBA B1- 2nd Refresher Course PRINCE PALTU-OB
  • ZUMBA B2- DAVID VELEZ – COLOMBIA
  • ZUMBA B2- 1st Refresher Course MICHAEL THOMAS
  • ZUMBA B2- 2nd Refresher Course GEORGE IU
  • ZUMBA SENTAO – MELANIE GUZMAN – USA (EXCEL LONDON, UK)
  • ZUMBA TONING – VANESSA MORRIS – UK (EDINBURGH,SCOTLAND,UK)
  • ZUMBA GOLD – LARS WENSINK NETHERLANDS (UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS)
  • ZUMBATOMIC – ALLISON PETERSEN – USA (SINGAPORE)
  • AQUA ZUMBA – TAMARA SAID – TORONTO CANADA (TORONTO CANADA)
  •  AMERICAN COUNCIL ON EXERCISE CERTIFIED (ACE ) AEROBICS AND FITNESS ASSOCIATION CERTIFIED (AFAA)
  •  ZUMBA –> F.E.E. = Fun, Easy and Effective

I personally asked Dan about his philosophy about fitness.  He smilingly and willingly told me these:

“Your weight is not a good parameter of your health condition.  You may be on opposite poles with regards to your weight but that doesn’t mean you’re healthy.  And you must EAT! Not eating makes you have a false sense of being healthy because you think you’ve lost weight and so you are healthier.  You cannot avoid eating forever and once you start having regular food intake then you’ll see the scales go up again.  Eat, exercise and have enough sleep and water.  Nothing beats that!  A daily 30-minute workout is best.  Say, 10-minutes in the morning, 10-minutes at noon and another 10-minutes at night time if you really do not have the luxury of time to do a one-time 30-minute workout or ZUMBA.   Do this at least three times a week and you’ll surely be able to attain not just your ideal weight in time but your ideal health as well.”

In closing, Dan reminded me to not stop attending Zumba class or exercising even if I have attained my desired health or weight condition.  Health is an ongoing process and that I must never be complacent.

 

gold gym sched from MGI

 

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