Shimmy Shimmy Coco Puff

At some point last fall, I got gutsy and went to a Zumba class at my gym. Let me stop here to point out that if you’ve ever looked in on a Zumba class it looks like a bunch of crazy people (mostly women) with red faces flailing, and occasionally screaming, to the kind of dance music you wish your teenage neighbors would turn down. That said, it’s absolutely the most intense workout — one woman in my class wears a heart rate monitor and burns, on average, 800 to 1,000 calories per class — and I’m completely addicted to it.

Not only does Zumba satisfy the part of me that wants to dance (but hates clubs), I’ve actually made some really great friends there. It’s peer pressure at its finest! If I don’t show up for class this afternoon, the Zumba ladies will assume I’m sick again, dead, or that I’ve been abducted by aliens. And then I will be harangued on Facebook.

While I’m a fan of Zumba, I’m decidedly not a fan of the clothes designed specifically for the workout. But workout gear gets expensive, which is why I think buying it is a great reward for continuing to work out (and lose weight…maybe). Better than what I would otherwise reward myself with. How did that red velvet cake end up in my fridge?

1. Sennheiser Adidas OMX 680i Sports Headphones with Remote and Mic  2. Polar FT60F Purple Heart Rate Monitor / Fitness Watch  3. Ryka Transition – 1817WWMK  4. Lulu Lemon Ebb & Flow Bra  5. lucy Hatha Colorblock Capri Legging

This is a round up of the creme de la creme of workout gear. The Lucy pants have a pocket for my locker key, the Lulu Lemon bra keeps things firmly in check (not that I have a big problem in that department), and Ryka is a line of shoes made by women for women, so they fit like a dream. On my wish list: heart rate monitor and super schmancy headphones — both come highly recommended.


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