Zumba Fitness with Anna

Feel the music, find the rhythm in your body!

News Update 3/25/12:

Spring is just around th corner -- there's so much to do outdoors in this gorgeous weather.
I'm changing the ZG schedule at the Lomitas Schoolhous:

Tuesday 9:30am Zumba Gold Toning
Friday 9:30am Zumba Gold

We started using the Zumba Toning sticks on the Tuesday Zumba Gold Toning class -- we dance with light-weight (1 lb)  Zumba toning sticks that you can shake like maracas -- It's the same fun Zumba dancing with the benefits of safe-and-effective strength training with the 1lb weight -- same warm-up and cooldowns as the regular Zumba Gold class.  We do toning on Tuesdays and regular ZG on Fridays.  Come and try it out!  As always, the first class is only $5.


Feature Student: Sheila
Featured Student: Sheila
Sheila is in her late seventies but you cannot tell! One of the Fabulous Zumba Gold Girls who's always available to bring some cheer to those who's less mobile, Sheila also does volunteering work with her dog on her spare time.  Sheila has being in my Zumba Gold class for over 3 years and loves exercising to music. 

Zumba Toning sticks -- 1lb (green), 2 1/2 lbs (purple)
What is Zumba Gold Toning?
This new and exciting program brings together the energy of the Zumba rhythms designed for the older active adult and the innovative muscle training of using light-weight toning sticks that you can shake like maracas. It's fun, different, safe and effective for the older and beginner participant.

About Zumba:
1. It's a great dynamic core workout
It works your entire torso section!  Stronger, defined abs and back!  Can you say swimsuit?!?!?!

2.  High caloric expenditure
Burn 500-1000 calories in 1 HOUR!
3.  Easy, non-intimidating learning environment
You'll learn how to dance without even realizing it.  EVERYONE can ZumbaŽ, whether you know how to dance or not!
4.  Weight loss!
You'll drop so many pounds you'll have to go buy a whole new wardrobe!
5.  Positive self-image
You won't only look good, you'll feel good!
6.  A sculpted body
It's a comprehensive workout.  Your entire body will be reshaped from head to toe!
7.  Exercise in disguise
You'll be having so much fun you won't even realize your working out.

Zumba Tips:
1. Wear loose-fitting comfortable workout clothing
2. You should wear athletic shoes or dance sneakers. Shoes that allow you to slide and twist a little will help prevent joint injuries. You can also try putting some masking tape on the soles at the ball of your foot. Bare feet not recommended.
3. Drink water BEFORE, DURING and AFTER class! Very important to stay well hydrated.
4. Warm up, stretch and cool down IS necessary.
5. Go at your own pace. Do not kill yourself. Listen to your body. If you feel tired or out of breath,  slow down or stop and rest awhile.  It takes time to build up stamina.
6. Do not worry about doing the steps right the first time. We are here to exercise, and this is  not a dance class.  You will get better as you go. We are not judging your dance skills. We all are at different fitness levels and we are all coming together to have a good time.  The most important thing is that you are moving and having fun!
7. Maintain a good posture, and move from the core.
8. Feel free to add your own "flavor" to your movement -- listen to the music, find the rhythm in your body and express yourself!

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Class Schedule:

Monday 9am, Zumba Gold, Windsor Senior Center
Tuesday 9:30am, Zumba Gold Toning, Lomitas School House

Thursday 9am, Zumba Gold, Windsor Senior Center
Friday 9:30am, Zumba Gold Toning, Lomitas School House

** Windsor Senior Center
9231 Foxwood Drive, Windsor
(55+, drop-in:$6)

** Lomitas School House

2421 Lomitas Ave, Santa Rosa
(all ages, drop-in:$10, discount class cards avail)

Anna's Zumba classes:

I offer Zumba classes at different locations throughout Sonoma county. These are drop-in anytime classes and require no pre-registration. First time is always $5.  I also offer private Zumba sessions at corporate sites, retreat locations and private parties.  I tailor my classes to the age group and fitness level of the participant -- whether it be kids or older adults.   Please contact me if you are interested.

Click here for my Zumba profile and current class information and location.
Click here to access my class calendar.

** If you have other preferred time for Zumba, or interested in more Zumba  classes, please contact me and I will put you on the waiting list.
  I'm also available for special events or private sessions.


Are you ready to party yourself into shape? That’s exactly what the Zumba® program is all about. It’s an exhilarating, effective, easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired, calorie-burning dance fitness-party™ that’s moving millions of people toward joy and health.

Since its inception in 2001, the Zumba program has grown to become the world's largest and most successful dance-fitness program with more than 14 million people of all shapes, sizes and ages taking weekly Zumba classes in over 140,000 locations across more than 150 countries.

What is Zumba Gold?
I love teaching Zumba Gold!
Do you love to dance? Want to lose some weight and get in shape but having a hard time finding a program you really enjoy doing and can stick with?  Have tried Zumba but finding it too fast/intense and intimidating?  Come try out Zumba Gold!
My Zumba Gold classes are guaranteed to lift your spirit and leave you sweaty. Zumba Gold is best suited for the active baby boomer and de-conditioned beginners...if you have been intimidated by the fast "looking" pace of Zumba, I can get you started..you will feel confident in little or no time... Zumba Gold have little to no impact and fewer twisting movements than a regular Zumba class. It is a low to moderate dance inspired fitness class that gets the heart pumping -- it is for anyone looking for a fun, 'feel good' workout that has little stress on one's body.
Just like regular Zumba, Zumba Gold incorporates Latin and international rhythms such as: Cha Cha, Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Belly Dance, Tango, Disco, Hip Hop, Disco, Cumbia and many more, at a lower intensity. In Zumba Gold, the basic steps an introduced at a slower pace and there's much more repetition of moves and the transitions between moves are made much easier. There's also elements of functional fitness -- balance training, range of motion, core training and lower body strengthening. With Zumba Gold Toning, resistance training with a light-weidht toning sticks are added. It will be a fitness program that you will stick with because you will be having so much fun that you won't realize that you are exercising!
Zumba Gold is the only format I teach now -- check my class schedule for locations near you.

Here's another Zumba Gold class video in Spanish -- various people in various age/shape/sizes are all grooving to the same music -- having a blast!

What kind of shoes to wear for Zumba?
Wear the right shoes and your Zumba class will be a more pleasant experience!
The best shoes for zumba are ones that give you multi-directional support, cushioning and have minimal tread on the ball of the foot. There are many dance-fitness shoes available.  The shoes you choose should have some cushion or shock absorbance in it. A couple of styles that are popular with people who Zumba are the Z1 Zumba Sneakers, Glagla shoes, Bloch Dance Sneakers, Nike Shox O Drive, Nike Musique, and the Nike Ballo. I personally love Bloch dance sneakers and own many pairs.  They come in UK show sizes and is generally 1 1/2 to 2 sizes smaller than US shoe size.  There are a couple of local dance shoe stores in Santa Rosa -- Dance Gear on Armory Dr.. and Dance Shop in Petaluma. Once you try a pair on for size, internet is the best place to shop for discounts. You can get the Zumba Z1 Sneakers @ the Zumba storeFor more Zumba shoes advice, check this out!

You can Zumba while seated too!
What is Zumba Gold on Chair?
Zumba Gold Chair is for the active older adult, wheelchair or deconditioned participants, or anyone who may not be able to stand up for long periods of time while exercising. Most of the class session will be done seated.  I started teaching this format at some private assisted living places throughout Sonoma county.  Here's an example Zumba Gold chair class...

Windsor Relay for Life 2011
Look for us this year at the Windsor Relay for Life in July!

The Fabulous Zumba Golden Girls in Action at Lodge at Pauline Creek!
Dancing away at Chancellor House, Windsor
The Fabulous Ms. Margaret @ Chancellor House, Windsor
The "Fabulous Zumba Golden Girls" are available to put on a free Zumba show for you at your senior facility.
We bring lots of cheer and love, promoting staying active and maintining function for older adults by exercising.
If you have a facility that would like us to visit, please contact me.
We put on an half hour of killer Zumba show and the audiance gets to join in too!

Kids love Zumba too!
Zumba for Kids @ Windsor Creek
Zumba for Kids -- Zumbatomic® is here!  Exhilarating workout designed specially for kids' minds and bodies!  I currently don't have any Zumbatomic classes but am available for special events -- how about a Zumba party for your kid's birthday? The Lomitas School House is a perfect venue for your kid's birthday party with spacious wood floors, cozy entry area, professional size kitchen and even a front garden with water fountain!  Contact me for a birthday package.

Lomitas Schoolhouse
About Anna:
Anna brings her years of diverse dance training and social dancing experience and passion for movement and self-healing to Zumba with clear dance moves, just-in-time cueing, and easy to follow steps that are fun, effective and safe. Dance is a lifetime passion and also the only fitness program that she manages to keep throughout her life. Anna is licensed to Zumba Basic, Zumba Gold, Zumba Toning, Zumba Gold Toning and Zumbatomic (Zumba for kids). Also an AFAA and SFA (American Senior Fitness Association) group fitness certified instructor, Anna strives to deliver quality, safe and fun exercise classes for people of different age and fitness levels. Anna also recently several certifications in Taichi and Qigong, hoping to add these Oriental health and healing modalities to her classes.  Anna loves to teach and believes a good Zumba class should be student-centered and everyone should walk away with a feeling of sucess. If you like to dance and love variety, you'll love Anna's classes!

Anna Before Zumba:
Anna lost close to 15 lbs since dancing Zumba regularly --
size 6 to size 2!

Who Can do Zumba?

The greatest part about Zumbais that you don't have to know how to dance. Anyone can do it whether you are young, old or in-between.  There are no requirements other than liking music and wanting to move and have fun.  A typical Zumba class will consists of a warm-up session, a bunch of songs fast and slow, and a cool-down.  Most classes last about an hour.  Zumba is the most exciting workout ever and is great for the mind, body and soul! It is designed to put "FUN" back into fitness.  Just don't forget to wear comfortable workout clothes, a workout shoe that you can pivot in, bring water to drink, and a towel to wipe off your sweat.