Written on March 17, 2014 at 6:25 pm , by Samantha Shelton
Attention, Zumba lovers: there’s a new program in town. Zumba Step is now offered nationwide in 24 Hour Fitness studios, and let me tell you, this program is a breath of fresh air. As someone who fully admits to her lack of dance skills, I’ve always shied away from the original Zumba program. Not because I didn’t have a good time whenever I did it—actually, I always had a blast—but I rarely gave myself the opportunity to let go and just dance. You know, that crazy moment when you really stop caring what everyone else thinks and you just shake it. It’s a pretty freeing moment, but alas, one that was regularly out of my reach.
Step programs, on the other hand, were right up my alley. More often than not, these classes incorporate the more traditional exercises I’ve come to know and love (lunges and squats, thank you very much), and add just a little bit of flair to satisfy those craving a bit of creativity in a cardio routine. So when I heard Zumba was adding the old-school step to their program, my curiosity was officially peaked.
Turns out, the one woman who has serious moves showed up, too. On her birthday. Yep, that’d be Kelly Rowland. As if watching her kill the warm-up in high heels while I grooved in my very-flat sneakers (yep, that really happened) wasn’t enough, she also confessed that the main reason she loves the program is exactly why the rest of us do it—because more often than not, you’re moving with your girlfriends. “I just really love to be around family…so I can still hang out with them and work out,” she said. “It’s all these people in the room that are excited about working out, excited about taking care of their bodies,excited about having a healthy lifestyle. So it’s fun.”
But alas, Zumba Step isn’t the only way Rowland gets that drool-worthy physique (seriously, have you seen her abs?). She works regularly with one of FITNESS’ fave trainers, Jeanette Jenkins, and when I asked about her all-time exercise, she listed my arch enemy: burpees. “I love to hate burpees,” she said. “I see what they do to my body and it’s like it just snaps your body into place so quickly.” #truthtalk
So now I’m going to get my burpee back on, in between Zumba Step classes. To keep myself motivated, I’ve added these tunes to my playlist. Consider ‘em yourself, and keep your ears open for more from Rowland: she said she’s headed back to the studio, and I’m more than ready to hear what comes out of those powerhouse vocal cords, stat.
Photo by Matt Peyton/Invision for Zumba Fitness/AP Images
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Written on April 11, 2011 at 2:58 pm , by Jenna Autuori
I’ve recently discovered what this Twitter thing is all about (follow me: @FITNESSjenna and FITNESS: @FITNESSmagazine) and I almost hate to admit it, but it’s a pretty exciting world. Never did I think I’d be running home from a gym class or one-on-one session with a trainer to spill my thoughts to readers via Twitter—the idea of this type of “look at what I’m doing” game just seemed a little silly to me. Who really cares that I’m sitting on my couch watching The Biggest Loser or whipping up a special vegetarian dinner for my husband…do you?
But, I’ve learned that the Twitter world is one of the easiest and most efficient ways to find up-to-the-minute news about everything and anything. Since I once loathed the idea that people had to know what everyone else was doing at any given second, but I’ve now converted, I understand the power of Twitter. It’s not about the menial things we do every day—watching The Biggest Loser or cooking for our spouses—it’s the sharing of information that can make each of us better people, while feeling instantly connected! Now, I find myself frantically trying to see what my Twitter friends are up to and what cool tip I can learn from them. Had I been quick enough this weekend I could have met up with Bob Harper at the Soho Equinox on Saturday morning (he woke up a bit earlier than I did though). It’s things like this that keep you motivated for working out (@SuzanneCBowen tells me new moves to try), staying healthy (@CaitlinHTP tells us what shake she’s sipping after her run and how to make it), and even staying sane (@Lululemon shares motivational quotes every day). So fun!
That’s why I’m dying to go beyond the Twitter world and share this really cool challenge you should know about (if you don’t already!). FITNESS advisory board member and celebrity trainer Jeanette Jenkins (@JeanetteJenkins) and singer Kelly Rowland (@KellyRowland) have teamed up to do Jeanette’s Bikini Bootcamp Twitter Challenge: they challenge you to try Jeanette’s DVD every Tuesday and Thursday for the month of April and May. The real value of this grand idea is the support and motivation you’ll get just by being part of this “Twitter team.” Knowing that followers all over the world (including Kelly Rowland who was seen flaunting an ab-mazing body in Miami Beach this past weekend!) will be doing Jeanette’s DVD—and tweeting about it—is a good reminder that you can have a sexy body by summer too. Incorporating mini challenges in to your weekly workouts is a good way to freshen up your goals or shock your body by giving it something new to learn.
So all you have to do is workout with Jeanette and Kelly every Tuesday and Thursday and then tweet about it using #Motivation. If you have any questions for Jeanette, she’ll probably tweet you back an answer. Can real women actually have a celebrity personal trainer? Absolutely! Jeanette is a great Twitter friend to have. She’s planning a surprise giveaway every week too—so get tweeting!
Also, check back in later this week to hear about what happens when Kelly Rowland stops by our office. She’ll be sharing her fitness secrets (what else do she and Jeanette do when they hit the gym?) and tell us all about her new album and her single, “Motivation” (so perfectly named I might add) which hits iTunes tomorrow.