Zumba Lets Students Stay Fit And Have Fun

Almost everyone is familiar with the freshman 15, and those who do know about it, and are afraid of it, are usually trying to prevent it.

Luckily, there’s the Mayborn Campus Center, which holds a gym, and it’s free to students, faculty and staff.

Senior pre-physical therapy major Caitlyn Dobbs, right, leads a zumba class in Mayborn. Classes are held Monday and Wednesday at 5:15 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday at 4:15 p.m.

Senior pre-physical therapy major Caitlyn Dobbs, right, leads a zumba class in Mayborn. Classes are held Monday and Wednesday at 5:15 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday at 4:15 p.m.

Mayborn also has classes throughout the week called Cru-Fit, for any university participants. These classes include yoga, spinning and glutes and gut.

Starting this semester, zumba, another one of the many choices of Cru-Fit classes, will be taught by UMHB students.

Caitlyn Dobbs, a senior and pre-physical therapy major, was asked at the end of her junior year by Director of Campus Recreation, Sue Weaver, to teach zumba classes this fall. She was going to the classes every week and was heavily involved, which made her a good candidate.

Dobbs said that when she came to UMHB her freshman year, she was on the Sader Belles team and did zumba at home but more frequently at the Cru Fit classes.

Although zumba is a great cardio workout, Dobbs said it’s similar to a party. “What you put in is what you get out.”

This form of exercise is a combination of both dancing and fitness. However, Dobbs said, “You don’t have to be skilled.”

Taylor White, a junior exercise science major, is the other student instructor. Like Dobbs, White was active in zumba during the week, which led to her being asked to teach it as well. White has been doing zumba for two years. She said she was “ecstatic” for the opportunity to be an instructor.

White enjoys both teaching and attending the classes, but she emphasized that from both perspectives they are “totally different.”

She said that because she is able to teach a class such as zumba, she can gain more experience for her field of study, making it easier for her to land a job in the future.

When explaining zumba to others, White said “stay away from the word ‘dance’,” because it makes people skeptical of wanting to work out.

“Relax and have fun,” are White’s words to those who are interested in trying the exercise.

When Dobbs and White agreed to lead the classes, they had to go through a day of training to be certified. Both said the training was easy and fun. Dobbs said that UMHB even helped pay for the certification.

The students teach zumba every other day, but they are also involved in other activities on campus.

Dobbs is in Gamma Beta Phi, Alpha Phi and Pre-physical Therapy Society.

White is involved in Young Life, Search Cru, and has been a Cru leader for Welcome Week.

The zumba classes are Monday through Thursday.

Dobbs teaches every Monday and Wednesday at 5:15 p.m. White’s classes are every Tuesday and Thursday at 4:15 in the p.m.

Each class is one hour long and meets in the Mayborn Campus Center in the aerobics room.

Author: Jordan Yarbrough

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