What do you get when you mix Zumba and water? Why, Aqua Zumba, of course. Performed in a pool and offered at gyms nationwide, this high-energy (and oftentimes comical) workout features all the same heart-pumping moves as your regular Zumba class, but it’s easier on the joints.
Here’s our minute-to-minute breakdown:
6:25 p.m. Fifteen women--and one dude--stand awkwardly along the edge of a gym pool, clinging to our locker-room towels. Swim caps aren’t required, but water shoes are recommended. It’s also a good idea to leave your new bikini at home (we hope that goes without saying).
6:30 p.m. The enthusiastic instructor bursts in as we timidly enter the pool, staking our claim in the shallow end (we leave the deep water to the taller gals).
6:32 p.m. Flo Rida comes blaring through the speakers, and the instructor (ashore) begins with a sequence of squats and punching motions. It’s supposed to be a warm-up, and thankfully so, because it takes us a few splashes to get acclimated.
6:45 p.m. Inhibitions are officially washed away, as we realize no one looks good semi-drowning while attempting high kicks.
7:00 p.m. Hey, it’s pretty fun to salsa dance in the water. (Bonus: No one can see that we just messed up the last three moves.)
7:15 p.m. Class ends (less than an hour!). We all clap, then quickly scurry back into our miniature towels.