Hi I'm Charyl and as corny as it may sound, Zumba changed my life. A few years ago I was obese, and dangerously unhealthy. I had a very poor diet and mostly sedentary lifestyle. A huge wakeup call came for me when in September 2013 my mother suffered a massive stroke that took her mobility and speech from her. I was forced to acknowledge that lifestyle choices had led to my mother's critical illness....the very same lifestyle choices I was making for myself. I had sat in my doctor's office and heard the same words that had signalled the start of Mum's downward health spiral...."you have very high blood pressure and you are pre-diabetic". Seeing my mother suffering the consequences of not heeding this warning from her doctor 20 years prior, I knew that I couldn't let my own health spiral further out of control and I had to act. I learned how to make healthier choices about what foods I put into my body and began walking for exercise. Then I remembered doing a few Zumba classes when my niece began teaching in 2009 and enjoying it so I tracked down a class at my local gym and started attending Marc Urbahn's classes regularly. I started right at the back of class where I felt no one could watch me and laugh. I realised very quickly that I had nothing to fear on that score and I began to "let loose and have fun" (Marc's instructions to us all at the beginning of his classes). as my health improved and my confidence grew, I moved closer and closer to the front of the class until I was front row! After that there was really nowhere left to go but up onto the stage, so in August 2016, I completed my basic training and became licensed to teach Zumba Fitness. I have spent the last 3 months training with and shadowing Marc and I have now been hired as his reliever instructor at Cityfitness gym in Paraparaumu and teach alongside him. I have gained so much from this program, I have taken back my health and I have made the most incredible friends. I have never experienced anything before quite like the ZIN family atmosphere. I am part of a strong unit of local instructors who all support each other in our shared goal of providing a fun way to keep themselves fit and healthy. I encourage anyone reading this to find a class near you and get amongst it. You won't be sorry.......I promise.
Zumba Basic License to teach regular Zumba® classes.