Zumba! :-)

Before moving to Doha, Dave and I used to live in Regent Square, which is an awesome neighborhood in Pittsburgh. We were only a few blocks from some good eats, drinks and shopping. It’s one of my favorite neighborhoods, and I would love to live there again someday!

There is a karate studio there, and one day I saw a sign advertising Zumba. I had heard about it, and knew it involved dancing, which I love to do, so I decided to try it out. I grabbed some friends (so I wouldn’t feel silly going alone) and attended a class. It was a blast while still being a really great workout. Zumba involves lots of latin dances, like cumbia, salsa, mambo, samba, tango, etc.Β  It also involves really great music to dance to! At first, you have no idea what you’re doing, and you spend most of the class laughing at yourself. The more you go, and start to learn the routines, then you can begin to work on your technique, since you’re no longer trying to concentrate on what your feet are doing! πŸ™‚

We had two of the most amazing instructors who coreographed really fun dances that made class fly by! I became a regular attending two classes a week, and more if possible. (If you’re in Regent Square, go see Krista and Erin! You won’t regret it)!

When I found out we were moving to Doha, I was immediately sad to think I’d have to give up my weekly Zumba classes. The Zumba website lists classes all over the world, and in 2009, there were no classes in Doha. Fast forward to 2011, while browsing the Zumba site, I decided to search again. To my surprise, there are about 4 or 5 instructors teaching twice a week in various locations around the city!

I emailed the instructor who teaches evening classes, and told him I was planning to try his class. He was enthusiastic and gave me all the information I needed. The first class was great! Everything I remembered and loved about Zumba was there. I’m now becoming a regular in his class, learning the routines, and enjoying every minute!

I’ve also introduced some pretty willing friends to Zumba, and they’ve enjoyed themselves and also continue to come with me πŸ™‚ I’m excited to be back doing Zumba, working out and having fun at the same time πŸ™‚

If you’re looking for a fun way to work out, burn some calories, dance and just have fun, then Zumba is for you! Check out a class in your neighborhood! You can search here on Zumba’s website:

Zumba Classes – Search

So come on! Join the party and ditch the workout πŸ™‚

 

 

More Dubai :-P

Just got back from another Dubai trip…possibly our last one for the summerΒ  😦  Here’s a few highlights of this trip!

On Friday afternoon for lunch, we checked out Shake Shack! Their original location is Madison Square Garden in NYC, and this is the only international location. I am not sure what they do to their burgers, but it was delicious! Definitely one of the best I’ve had over here!! We’re planning on a visit or two to In N Out when we’re in LA, so we’ll have to see how it matches up!

After our burgers and shakes, we had an awesome movie theater experience! The Reel Cinemas at Dubai Mall offer what they call the Platinum Suites seating, which offers you the luxury of recliners, blankets, pillows, and your very own call button in case you need to order food or beverages during the movie. Also, it’s over 18 only, so its a quiet, enjoyable way to watch a movie!

We decided to see the Hangover Part 2, so we purchased our tickets and headed up the Lounge. While waiting for the movie to start in the lounge, we looked over the menu and decided what to order. I got some popcorn and a black currant slushy. (They had lots more options – nachos, samosas, crepes, etc but we ate lunch and weren’t all that hungry). About 20 minutes before the movie started, we were taken to our seats, and shortly after, the food we ordered was delivered to us. It is definitely a great way to enjoy a movie!

And while Hangover Part 2 was slightly edited (as all movies are in the Middle East), we still enjoyed it! It’s been a long time since I’ve been to a proper movie! Here’s me and Marisa all comfy, ready for the movie to start πŸ™‚

After the movie, we decided to head back to our friend’s, Marisa and Kevin’s place for a little cookout. We stopped at Waitrose to pick up some magical pork goodness that included hot dogs, brats, and bacon! πŸ™‚ We also got some veggies and cheese to snack on while we were busy waiting for all that food to cook! We had a great time at our friends house, and we got to meet their cute little kitties!

We finished off the evening with some gelato from Cone Street, located on the JBR, called The Walk. It was conveniently close to our hotel, and they make a lemon mint gelato that is fantastic!

Lastly, I need to talk about an amazing place for lunch in the Middle East. We’ve not been to Automatic for Lebanese twice, and both times, it’s been phenomenal. It’s casual, inexpensive lebanese food, but it’s so good! We always get the hummous (creamiest, smoothest hummous I’ve ever had!!!), garlic paste, and chicken schwarma plate. Then combine it all together on some fresh pita, and you’ve got a yummy, inexpensive meal. I am all ready craving more!

Sorry this post is mainly about food….but there are such good options in Dubai! Despite the summer heat, we still managed to have a great time in Dubai πŸ™‚ Looking forward to heading back soon I hope!

Boot Camp!

So my boss and her friend started doing a boot camp program and they were always mentioning it to me (mostly about how sore they were)!! πŸ™‚ When the second session came around, they asked if I’d be interested in joining. I thought about it, and figured it would be a good way to kick my butt into gear and shape up a little for the summer. So I said yes!

I went to my first class (which was a Saturday) not knowing what to expect. I met Joe, our instructor, and he went over all the different exercises we’d be doing that evening. They included jumping rope, using resistance bands for our arm exercises, stability ball for ab crunches, and lots of lunges/squats/push ups etc. It looked super easy when Joe did it….but I soon found out it was not so easy!

The class consists of circuit training, and went around the room three times in total. I definitely used muscles I haven’t been using in quite some time! It was almost sort of fun….dare I say it? πŸ˜›

The next morning after my very first class, I was incredibly sore! It hurt to walk, take the stairs, everything! I was worried that I would be unable to do anything useful Monday night at our next boot camp class. Monday came and I went to class. Surprisingly, my muscles reacted by working through the pain.

After class was over, I felt what what runners must feel when they finish a marathon! I felt great, and was actually excited for the next class! Boot camp also really made me think about what I eat, drink, etc. So I’ve decided to stop drinking soda and trying to eat healthier all around. So I’m trying to reach for veggies instead of junk food when I am hungry! It’s not easy, but it’s a good start for me!

The session lasted three weeks, and we just finished up the final class this past Wednesday! While it’s been grueling and sometimes difficult, I am definitely glad I decided to do it!

For the nest few weeks, Joe is on vacation, so we’re off until he returns. In the meantime, I am going to check out Zumba, which has finally come to Doha! I know I’ll love Zumba, so I still haven’t quite decided what I’ll do about boot camp when Joe returns. I’d like to try and do both….but I might exhaust myself by working out that much. I’ll need to decide in a week or so! I’ll keep you all posted πŸ˜›

Also, if you’re in the Doha area, and are interested in joining….let me know! Joe is always looking for more people who’d like to join!