now, you might assume a girl who grew up in texas (me) would have a closet full of cowboy boots + a repertoire full of boot-scootin’-boogie dance moves. but you know what they say about assuming. in fact, never in my life have i stepped foot in a country-western bar, kicked up my heels line-dancing or even owned one pair of cowboy boots. so when our country-music-crazed, line-dance-loving, down-home country girl (and square-dancing, barrel-racing, 1993 prowers county rodeo princess...yes, you read that right) of a chief fitlosopher challenged/coerced me to try a Zumba Country workout, needless to say, i was a wee bit apprehensive.
i’d tried Zumba before - a few years back at my gym. i was always the girl tucked safely in the back row where none of my classmates would be forced to stifle giggles upon seeing my novice dance moves or my obvious inability to keep up the with beat. the only thing that finally convinced me to do it: the fact that it’s a dvd + thus there would be no one else in the room to bear witness to my pitiful attempt at country dancing. besides, like my fearless Zumba Country leader so enthusiastically cheered: "no fear! just keep moving!"
the gist of the dvd: there are two 30-minute workouts, each consisting of 8 or 9 little country-dance routines led by three extremely fit, flowy-haired women in insanely tight jeans + two muscle-bound, cut-off-teed men in cowboy hats.
i won’t lie - my first thought upon firing up the dvd was as follows: i feel like a complete + utter goober. after a moment of hesitation, i reminded myself that there was no one here to mock me + therefore this was a perfectly safe space in which to make a total fool of myself. the mini pep talk worked. that, or it’s just a mathematical impossibility to remain still once the rousing beat of cotton-eyed-joe kicks in. either way, within seconds, i found myself bouncing + heel-toe-kicking my way along. sure, there were limbs flailing all over the place + i won’t profess to be the most adept dance pupil. however, it didn’t take long to dawn on me that i was actually enjoying myself - a feeling i recall having back when i first started Zumba + decided that the enjoyment outweighed any potential humiliation i might suffer upon being outed as a moderately uncoordinated dancer.
i danced + laughed my way through the rest of the song + by the end, i was wiping sweat from my brow, hopping with anticipation over what the next little tune would be. the rest of the tracks included country classics like little miss honky tonk, the devil went down to georgia + my personal favorite, the dixie chicks’ sin wagon - alternating between heart-rate-boosting boot-stompers + slightly slower picks to give you a chance to catch your breath. i learned how to heel-toe, do-si-do, heel hitch, box step + it turns out i make a mean lasso.
i burned right through a half-hour workout in what felt like five minutes, tops. and it actually felt like a decent session of cardio - so decent, in fact, that i felt perfectly justified in eating a slice (or two) of pizza that night. (as if i needed justification.) i was sweaty + rife with endorphins. looks like this dvd will be on repeat from now on!
anybody else feel like our former square-dancer of a chief owes us her rendition? i mean, she proudly touts that she was in the world's largest square dancing organization since the age of 6 + we know she frequents the grizzly rose for two-steppin' often, so she's surely got moves. what about you...have y'all tried Zumba Country? dust off your boots + give it a go. giddy up!
tell us, what’s your favorite workout dvd? share in the comments below! we wanna know which workouts you do in the comfort of your own home that you absolutely LOVE - even if you do look a bit silly.