ZUMBAŽ  FITNESS INSTRUCTOR

Ariane Betancourt

Since Dec 2011

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 We know Zumba is part of your live and in one way or another you have seen some changes. This is the place to tell your story and inspire others to exercise, stay fit or just to keep dancing!

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Lily's Story!

Posted on September 24, 2016 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (0)
My name is Lily I am 41 years old. I am a wife, mother and grandmother to 3 and a ˝ grandbabies my newest due in June. I am like so many other women that have constantly struggled with weight. Once I got into my later 30?s it became impossible to lose weight. I had tried so many diet fads, I had three different gym memberships that I never took advantage of because I didn?t like working out. It felt like WORK, and I am sorry but after working all day who wants to go work some more? At the gym I always felt self conscience like I had to worry about the other people around me and how I might look. I worked the treadmill, elliptical, ab?s, arm & legs. I joined one gym because of the exercise classes they had to offer, then quickly realized you needed more than luck finding a spot if it was a good class. There was never any room in the classes with the times that fit my schedule. Needless to say I paid a monthly fee for something I never used to me that equaled money in the toilet with good intentions. I had even tried boot camp, and that just ticked me off. I don?t want someone yelling at me to try and motivate me. Heck I yell at myself every day. When my body hit over two hundred pounds, I felt like rubbish. My knees hurt; I was slow and didn?t feel good. I had been to the doctor more than I had ever been in my life. I tell people when my daughter got pregnant I did too, in sympathy for her. She was my workout sidekick and we tried all of the diet fads etc. together for many years. After watching Dateline of all things, I saw a woman go from 300+lbs to 150lbs all because of Zumba. Sad she died because she started looking so good but hey she lost he equivalent of another person. At first I was skeptical I thought now way she could have lost all that weight dancing, then I considered that I love to dance it looked like fun. So the next day I looked Zumba up on Groupon and found Ariane Betancourt. She had a special which SHE IS CURRENTLY Running!!! 10 Classes for $35. Best $35 I ever spent. If I am being honest after the first class I thought I was going to die she is a beast?lol but I enjoyed the atmosphere and the people so I kept going and eventually with perseverance I started learning the steps which made it so much more fun. I liked that it was not in a community center or a gym. Class is held in a Salsa Studio with plenty of room to move around. Now I tell everyone that will listen how it has changed my life and my new found love for staying in shape. I am not where I want to be but I am getting closer, it is exciting going from a woman?s XL to a woman?s size Med. From 204lbs to 175lbs my goal weight is 150lbs and I will be there by this summer. I can?t thank Ariane enough for changing my life. If you feel better you feel good enough to try more and do more. If you feel like garbage it affects you mentally and physically. Take it one class at a time one foot in front of the other. If you fall off dust your rear and get back on.

Tracy's Story

Posted on September 24, 2016 at 8:25 PM Comments comments (0)
I BELIEVE IT WAS AROUND MAR/APR OF LAST YEAR (2015), I STEPPEN ON THE SCALE AND IT LIT UP TO 200#, WOW, I HADN'T SEEN THAT NUMBER SINCE I WAS PREGNANT IN 1995. MY WEIGHT PRETTY MUCH FLUCTUATED UP AND DOWN, GOOD AND BAD. A GIRL I WORK WITH TOLD ME ABOUT A ZUMBA CLASS SHE WAS TAKING AND LOVES THE WAY IT IS MAKING HER LOOK AND FEEL ABOUT HERSELF. SO BEING ME, I WAS MORE THAN READY TO GIVE IT A TRY. GROUPON HAD A FREE PASS AVAILABLE AND OFF I WENT. NOT ALONE THO, ANOTHER YOUNG LADY I WORK WITH WAS ALSO INTERESTED IN SEEING WHAT ZUMBA WAS REALLY ALL ABOUT. :) WITHOUT GOING INTO GREAT DETAIL, THERE HAS BEEN AALLOOTT OF LEARNING, HARD WORK, AND MORE SWEAT THAN I COULD'VE IMAGINED. ON THE UPSIDE, MY (2) GIRLFRIENDS FROM WORK ARE MY BIGGEST MOTIVATION, NOT TO MENTION THE INCREDIBLY AWESOME INSTRUCTOR I HAVE, ARIANE BETANCOURT, ZUMBA FITNESS AND MY NEW FRIENDS THAT I HAVE INCOUNTERED OVER THE PAST YEAR. TODAY IS MARCH 3, 2016, I'M CURRENTLY AT 180# AND I HAVE LOST 2" ALL OVER MY BODY!! I FEEL GREAT!!! YOU MIGHT BE THINKING "THAT'S NOT REALLY A WHOLE LOT FOR THE WHOLE YEAR", BUT I'M HERE TO TELL YOU THAT I HAVE MORE ENERGY NOW THAN I HAVE HAD IN A WHILE AND COME ON GIRLS, WHO DOESN'T LIKE TO LOSE WEIGHT AND FEEL MORE CONFIDENT ABOUT THE WAY YOU LOOK!! MY NAME IS TRACY LUCAS, IM 43 YEARS YOUNG AND THIS IS MY ZUMBA SUCCESS STORY!!! THANKS FOR TAKING A FEW MINUTES OF YOUR TIME TO READ HOW IMPORTANT ZUMBA HAS BECOME IN MY LIFE!! :) :) HOPE IT HAS GIVING SOMEONE THE INSPIRATION TO FIND AND JOIN ARE AWESOME GROUP AND ALLOWS THEM TO HAVE A STORY TO SHARE OF THEIR OWN. #ZUMBAROCKS

40 Zumba Classes in 40 Days

Posted on May 1, 2013 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (2)

As a Zumba Instructor, I had the opportunity to know so many people. Different cultures, believes, ages, who have the same things in common: love for music, dance and the willingness to get healthier, fit or just have fun.

One of my zumba peers, Katia is an example of that. She is a beautiful Brazilian-Japanese girl, married, with two girls. She is totally addicted to Zumba; she goes not only to my zumba classes but other instructors’ too. She doesn’t miss a zumba event, Zumbathon or any Zumba get together. She comes to zumba because not only she likes the workout, the toning, the sweat and to shed some extra calories, she likes to have fun too. Even though she loves zumba so much, sometimes she have to juggle family and work and put Zumba at the bottom of her list.

Sometimes she felt so tired and discouraged; she didn’t want to feel that way at all. She wanted to be motivated and be more consistent with her classes so she challenge herself to complete 40 Zumba classes in 40 days! Not only that, she wanted to try a different class every day, with a different instructor. That would give her the opportunity not only to get the exercise she needs, but to create a routine and be more consistent. Also she would be able to know different instructors and enjoy all kind of zumba classes.

It has been amazing to follow her on Facebook, where she shares pictures and post her impressions about all the classes she goes. At the beginning she had to look for classes available in town, but as she continued with the challenge, she started to receive invitations from instructors from all over t-town to visit their classes.

She not only has lost some weight on her journey, she looks amazing and her smile reflects how proud she feels for herself and her accomplishment.

Katia is just about to finish her challenge, today is day 40 and I'm writing this blog not only to celebrate her achievements, but to show her how proud of her I am. I feel so blessed to be her friend and be part of her challenge.

I just wanted to share her story with other people who may feel the same way to Katia. Who wants to start to do some kind of exercise to get healthier, to get fit or just to have fun. It takes time, dedication, willpower and sacrifice, but now she has reached her goal, she knows it's worth it!

Bravo Katia!



 

 


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