Something special happens in a Zumba® class. And no, it isn’t getting to shimmy to your heart’s content or nailing that merengue march (even though those things are special, too!).
It’s the friendships you build with your instructor and fellow students. Those connections can be truly life changing, and it’s not by chance! Most of us don’t break into a samba or jump in on a dance battle in our everyday lives. When you go to a Zumba® class, you’re taking a chance. For some, it may be the first time you’ve danced. For others, your introverted nature may mean you’re inclined to work out solo. There are many reasons why participating in a Zumba® class makes us vulnerable – we expose a side of ourselves that most others don’t get to see. When we’re vulnerable, we open ourselves up to others in new ways.
Kass Martin is a Zumba® master trainer and international presenter, who has seen the power of connecting in Zumba® class first hand. According to Kass, “When you walk into a Zumba® class, people automatically introduce themselves; it’s a social gathering in a care free atmosphere where being yourself is completely encouraged.” And, what better place to make meaningful friendships than when you’re being your authentic self?
Research backs up what we know from experience. Studies have found that group exercise leads to greater endorphin production (that great feeling you get when working out) and not only increased motivation to work out, but also intense feelings of belonging.
“Truth is,” says Kass, “I think Zumba® classes are the best way to find people who are like ourselves. As children, we have school where we can see who we click with. As adults, we don’t have that luxury… that is, until we find Zumba®.”