My RSVP to the Fitness Party

17 Apr

I’ll have to admit. I had to look it up.

I wasn’t aware of this phenomenon. In truth I hadn’t been to the gym since my college days where step classes were the latest workout rage. I’m not fond of gyms, too many beefcakes checking themselves out in the mirrors and too many naked chicks in the locker rooms admiring themselves. I’m not into narcissism so I like to work out in the privacy of my own home where I can where sweatpants and nobody will judge me for not wearing a matching sports bra. Or I exercise outdoors where there is nothing to admire but nature.

So when someone sent me an invitation for something called a Zumbathon, I had no idea what they were talking about. But Google enlightened me. Apparently it is something well-known in the fitness world. It involves Latin dancing and exercise moves that make you sweat in a fun way. That is just Zumba, but a Zumbathon is a two or three-hour session of this moving and shaking. I guess it’s a nice way to shed the pounds. They call it the “fitness party.” I’m not sure I like this phrase. My idea of a party does not involve exercising. Dancing yes, lifting weights and sweating in front of people? No, not really.

But nevertheless this whole Zumbathon was for a good cause. They are raising money for an old high school acquaintance who has Leukemia. So I thought if it’s for her, why not. We weren’t best buddies and we didn’t hang out and eat Corn Nuts together at lunch, but we had a few laughs when we joined forces at track meets. She was the track and I was the field.  Believe it or not my scrawny 130 pound self was a shot putter and a damn good one. I always came in first place against opponents. They underestimated me. I had a lot rage. Boys. They suck in high school. I mean they suck all the time, but more so in high school.

My only hesitation was the whole running into old high school people. I don’t like running into people, which is probably why I’ve fallen off the Facebook world. People find you and I’m more of the if-I-want-to-hang-out-with-you-I’ll-call-you frame of mind. But it’s for a good cause so I sent in my RSVP and will be participating in this fitness party this weekend. I better brace myself for the whole Oh-My-God-I-haven’t-seen-you-in-years-what-are-you-doing-now conversation. Plus all these people will probably be taking pictures with their camera phones and immediately posting it on their Facebook status. What is that? What is that! I’m not into being tagged and broadcasted on pages so that other high school people can find me. But I’m sure I’ll be all right. I’ll bring sunglasses.

However in terms for the actual exercise part of this event. I don’t know. How do you train for this sort of thing,? I don’t think you do, really. I mean it’s not a sport. I’m still in pretty good shape because of my recent Fight For Air Climb and I’ve kept up with my regular workouts. So I don’t think I’ll be out of breath. And there’s definitely no need to practice dance moves, because those are just natural for my Guatemalaness. So I guess will just have to see what comes out of this fitness party.


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Hopefully I won’t end up looking like the chick on the right during this whole event. I’ll keep you posted.


9 Responses to “My RSVP to the Fitness Party”

  1. 76sanfermo April 18, 2013 at 5:50 AM #

    I ‘d like to know more on this!
    Forza ,Guat!

    • The Guat April 23, 2013 at 11:19 PM #

      Thanks it was really fun actually. I’ll be posting about this in a couple days.

  2. lameadventures April 18, 2013 at 9:07 PM #

    Maybe meditating will be the best way to prepare for doing power Zumba. That seems like a long time to dance like a maniac, but the cause sounds worthy. Personally, I would have preferred a wine tasting event in your old acquaintance’s honor.

    • The Guat April 23, 2013 at 11:21 PM #

      Duuuuuuuuuuuuuuude. It was definitely a long time, but we took a 15-20 minute break at the hour mark. I didn’t think sweat would be pouring out of me, but it sure was … and I agree. Wine tasting would have been awesome. No sweat and crazy instructors involved.

  3. TBM April 18, 2013 at 11:20 PM #

    I think it’s great that you are doing this. Leukemia is such a devastating disease. Both of us have lost someone to this disease and I plan on running a 10k this summer to help raise money for cancer research. I hate cancer and I want to take part in fighting it and destroying it. And it’s important to support those and their families who are affected by it. Good for you!

    As for facebook, what the? I signed up for an account and then the next day I took it down. Seriously I don’t get it. One of my friends was talking about an acquaintance of ours that’s pretty much a fun hater. The type that goes to a party, concert, or other event snaps a couple photos and then wants to go home right away. My friend said, “You know, if you judge her by her facebook page she’s a fun person.” No she’s a fun hater. We aren’t fond of fun haters in our family.

    • The Guat April 19, 2013 at 3:25 PM #

      Fun haters! Ha! That was a good one. Yeah these fun haters suck big time … and they don’t limit themselves to Facebook either.

  4. adinparadise April 19, 2013 at 6:07 AM #

    You’re such a sport, and it’s for a great cause too. I’m sure you’ll knock them all out with your natural rhythm, and crazy dance moves. Go get’em, TG. I’m sure you’ll put even Jennifer Lopez to shame. 😀

    • The Guat April 23, 2013 at 11:24 PM #

      Thanks. It was actually more fun than I thought. My natural rhythm did help me out, but I still needed some assistance on the moves. It was my first class and I didn’t know all the instructor signals. I’ll post a recap this week.


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