Fitness-dance craze keeps Portales in shape

Editor’s note: This is the second in a series about fitness.

By Eric Norwood Jr.

PNT staff writer

enorwood@pntonline.com

Zumba is the flavor this July. Women around Portales are joining the fitness-dance craze which burns calories and lets ladies scratch their dancing itch to different forms of Latin music.

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News-Tribune Local ladies enjoy a Zumba workout Thursday at Curves Weight Loss Center in Portales.

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News-Tribune
Local ladies enjoy a Zumba workout Thursday at Curves Weight Loss Center in Portales.

Hilary Strong is a certified Zumba instructor at the Curves Weight Loss Center in Portales.

“Zumba is a Latin dance exercise,” Strong said. “It incorporates Latin dance moves and exercise to get you moving, get your heart rate up, and lose weight.”

Curves offers Zumba classes six different times a week for a fast-paced workout that doesn’t take much time.

“They are half-hour sessions,” says Debbie Strong, owner of Curves and Hilary Strong’s mother. Debbie Strong is also a certified Zumba instructor.

“I like that I can come in and get a fast workout, but it’s a good workout,” says Elvira Iturralde who attends Zumba with her co-workers.

The workouts they offer feature a Zumba circuit, which has women do Zumba dance moves for one minute without stopping and then the women work out on a machine for another minute.

The Zumba portion incorporates a lot of dance moves with the music, where women twist and shake to the sounds of authentic Latin songs. The music is fast-paced and upbeat, giving the women something exciting to dance to.

“Working out is fun, but it can become mundane and boring,” says Hilary Strong. “But when you add something else into it, it stays fun.”

Another Zumba participant, Kim Christensen, says she enjoys the fitness aspect of the dance.

“I like it because it incorporates cardio and muscle training,” Christensen said.

Eastern New Mexico University also offers Zumba as a course. The course takes place at the Greyhound Arena and will be offered this fall. The course is taught by Julie Gawehn who is also the director of human resources at ENMU.

Class 1

  • Where: Curves Weight Loss Center, 201 S. Avenue H.
  • When: Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday at 9:30 a.m., Thursday at 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m., and Friday at 10 a.m.
  • Information: (For women only) 356-2272

Class 2

  •  Where: ENMU Greyhound Arena
  • When: Monday and Wednesday 5:00 p.m. (8/20-12/13)
  • Information: To register for the fall semester, visit www.enmu.edu

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