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It was Yeni's first Aquazumba class (which fit well with my first time taking Aquazumba). She recognized me as soon as I showed up to the pool, so I felt very VIP. My overall feelings about Aquazumba: I didn't love it. It wasn't the instructor or choreography or music, Yeni was great! She was very conscious about using buoyancy in your favor to avoid injuries, and it made me realize how ideal this class would be if I had any sort of sports injury. The amount of intensity and overall fitness the instructor has to exude from the deck while the class is flopping around in the water is unbelievable, and I'm positive that I couldn't do it at my current fitness level. (Luckily, Yeni is in great shape [rockin' the abs] and spent the hour jumping around as if gravity didn't fully effect her either, even though she wasn't in the water.)
I just found myself continuously frustrated that I wasn't able to dance on beat. It's just too difficult to move fast enough. I wish I was better at figuring out how to best move my limbs to make snappy, in-sync motions in the water, but I just don't know if that is even possible. As someone who likes to add the little flourishes to make my dancing look that much fancier, I struggled with not being able to move my feet quickly or shimmy to my heart's content. I also found some of the moves to fight me to the point of stagnation. Trying to move to the right while pushing water to the right is great resistance training, I'm sure, but it is frustrating to work hard and not go anywhere.
I'm sure I'll go back in a month or so, since I don't have a free Saturday to spare until after the 4th of July, but I don't see myself going regularly. It's just too much money; money that I'd rather spend on 'Land' Zumba!
Nevertheless, Thanks for the experience, Yeni! Keep up the good work! I recommend everyone to try Aquazumba at least once, and I think some of you may enjoy it more than I've led you to believe here.