Monica Waters – Zumba Gold
What made you become a Zumba Instructor?
Four years ago, I took Zumba classes and loved them! One day while taking class, I thought, “I can do this.” After class I spoke with the instructor and asked, “How would I go about getting Zumba training?” In the summer of 2011 the time and the funds lined up and I got my first Zumba training –Jump Start Gold (combination of Zumba Basic and Zumba Gold.)
It became a passion, and I then became licensed in Aqua Zumba, Zumba Toning, Zumba Kids and Kids Jr. I also have an Older Adult Fitness Trainer Certification with America Aerobics Association International and the Aquatics Exercise Association Certification.
What is Zumba Gold?
Zumba Gold is a form of Zumba for the older adult, the deconditioned, beginner or someone looking for a modified Zumba class.
What kind of workout can you get with Zumba Gold?
You can get an awesome work out with Zumba Gold class. The high energy vibes from the music, stomping your feet with the cumbia, traveling forward, back, and from side to side, clapping and waving your hands, hip bumps with the belly dances, fancy foot work with the tango – all safely done for the senior population. Zumba Gold delivers a fun effective work out for individuals at all levels. I show modifications and always instruct my students to listen to their bodies, whether they need to slow it down a bit or take it up more. It’s not a competition but a fun way to get in shape.
Does Zumba Gold bring up your heart rate?
Yes it does. Usually with Zumba classes the music is non-stop, so your heart rate will elevate as you continue to move. For the senior or Zumba Gold student, the warm up and cool down are a little longer.
What moves focus on improving balance, strength and flexibility?
Single leg stance, heel raises and walking a narrow path are good for balance. Grapevines, knee raises and toe taps are good for flexibility. Using toning sticks or light weights are for toning and strength.
Can you lose weight doing Zumba Gold?
Losing weight can be a challenge as you get older, but with a consistent proper diet and regular exercise, I believe you can lose and/or maintain your current weight.
Can Zumba be done in a chair? How?
Yes, Zumba Gold can be executed from a chair including shimmies, arm movements, Salsa, cumbia, and belly dance steps, along with hand claps, singing and other vocal sounds. Toning sticks or light weights (1-3 lbs.) also can to enhance the fun and add some light resistance training. With chair classes, students can enjoy the music and movement safely if they have limitations that prevent them from participating fully in a standing Zumba gold class.
What else can you share with us about Zumba Gold?
Zumba Gold is a fun and exhilarating form of exercise where you can receive the benefits of cardiovascular improvement, muscle conditioning, flexibility and balance improvement. You can also enjoy great music and dance such as belly dance, cumbia, salsa, tango, African, and merengue in a lively atmosphere. The belly dance scarves enhance hip movements, which adds sound and lots of fun! Zumba has been described as “exercise in disguise.”
What are your future fitness plans?
I really enjoy teaching my senior population and I am extremely blessed when my students share their health improvements such as lowered A1Cs, weight loss, increased range of motion, better balance and flexibility. If you have never taken a Zumba Gold class, give it a try!
I enjoy teaching all the variousclasses My plans are to get licensed in Zumba step, Pilates and kickboxing and will continue teaching fitness as long as God blesses me to do so.
For additional information, go to monicawaters.zumba.com
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