What is a Zumba Glow Party

Zumba Glow Party Isn't A Workout, It's A Celebration

The best way to sweat it out is to dance it out.

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One of my resolutions this Nyear was to try and engage in new things that I had never done before. So often, I fall into the trap of repetitiveness doing the same things time after time and never mix it up. I wanted to open myself up to new opportunities and passions, especially when it came to working out.

Over winter break, I had the chance to participate in a different type of workout than I normally do. It was called a Zumba Glow Party, and it was definitely a fun time. The amount of high energy and fun that courses through the program kept me engaged and entertained the entire time.

Going into the class, I did not know what to expect. The Facebook event detail only described the event as a "high-paced fun workout that incorporates modern night-life with aerobic dancing." With the lack of detail, it was hard to know what I would be walking into. Was I going to be dancing around a room with paint everywhere? Was I going to be throwing paint while dancing like a member of the Blue Man Group? What I never expected, however, was the scene I actually walked into.

It was like a typical Zumba class with an instructor leading a high-intensity dance routine to upbeat songs that got the blood pumping. But the pitch black room illuminated by only a black light and glow paint made it feel less like an exercise class and more like a rave. It no longer felt like I was in some small tranquil yoga studio—instead, I felt like I had been transported to an underground club in the city.

Exercising is not supposed to be some dreaded task that creates anxiousness and discomfort. It should be fun and challenging.

Mixing high energy dancing with glow paint and backlights may be what could make exercise more fun. This new type of workout is something that I feel like a lot of people would enjoy if they gave it a chance. Walking into it not knowing what to expect can be kind of scary but the results are well worth it.

Overall, a Zumba Glow Party is something I would definitely attend again. It was different yet fun and exciting. It introduced me to another new fun side of working out. It was so easy in the darkness to just let loose and act like I was at a party rather than focusing on the intense and breathless cardio induced state I was entering. Plus, with the darkness, no one could see how terrible of a dancer I am so that is always an added bonus for those who are shy or self-conscious. I encourage anyone looking for a fun way to work out to give a Zumba Glow Party a chance! It may become your new favorite way to get fit.

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8 Female Fitness YouTubers you Should Know

If you want to gain strength AND look and feel amazing, follow these powerful females!
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Ladies! How many times have you heard that women who lift weights are "too bulky" or "masculine" or "look like a man?" Well.... that's false. If you don't believe me, check out these fitness YouTubers who will tell you themselves!

1) Robin Gallant


Though originally from Canada, Gallant is taking over the world one day at a time. Her videos are filled with content that is not only informative and super helpful but also completely backed by science and research so you have no choice BUT to believe her every word.

Instagram: @robingallantt

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2) Amanda Bucci

Originally a bikini competitor who recently switched over to powerlifting, Bucci shares with her viewers all the ups and downs of competition life: bulking, dieting, effective training tips, and so much more.

Instagram: @amandabuccifit

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3) Emily Duncan

More commonly known as Em Dunc, Duncan is a young college student who loves the sport of bodybuilding. As a kinesiology major, she uploads videos that are valuable to both new and experienced lifters by discussing topics such as biomechanics, recovery tips, and more.

Instagram: @em_dunc

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4) Heidi Somers

Known as buffbunny in the fitness industry, Heidi is a goofy, charming girl from San Antonio, Texas. She posts videos that include full workout routines, meal prep ideas, and fun vlogs.

Instagram: @buffbunny

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5) Megan Gallagher

Gallagher is famously known as megsquats in the industry. She is a strong powerlifter whose videos are filled with her awesome lifts and effective techniques to improve your own strength.

Instagram: @megsquats

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6) Emily Hayden


Emily Hayden is constantly posting motivational videos on her channel. She is all about dedication to the sport and improving you. Through her videos, you will instantly feel motivated to go to the gym and kill your workout.

Instagram: @emilyhaydenfitness

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7) Whitney Simmons

Whitney Simmons, who refers to herself as "Whit," is easily one of the most relatable girls on YouTube. In her videos, she often takes you through her intense workouts, gives details on how to perform each exercise and the number of sets and reps to complete so that you can easily follow along with her!

Instagram: @whitneyysimmons

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8) Chelsea Karabin

ChelseaLifts is a girl who not only insanely strong but also really cool and chill. Her videos show you all about the world of powerlifting and teach you how to be the strongest you can be.

Instagram: @chelsealifts

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The Relaxing Physical Activity For The Person Who Loves Competition

How rock climbing changed my view on what it means to challenge yourself.

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I recently went rock climbing with my friends and walked away excited, proud, and craving more. In high school, I participated in competitive activities like tennis or tryouts to make the band. While I love these activities and don't see them leaving my life anytime soon, rock climbing changed my perspective on what accomplishment can feel like.

In sports, especially when competing in tournaments or for a spot, the fun of the game can be overshadowed by not-too-friendly competitors. It makes sense because everyone is fighting to win and prove that they deserve to be on the team. However, the relationship between everyone becomes more invested in maintaining a position than having fun and creating a family. Don't get me wrong, I love this highly-competitive arena, but rock climbing was the first time I had done something where I did not feel the need to compete with those around me.

One of my best friends coaxed me into going to a place about an hour away from my home. I was nervous to climb in front of others since it was my first time in years, however, my friend assured me it would be fine. It turns out she was 100% correct! We went with two other girls who were both very experienced and belayed us up and down walls. They were extremely supportive, and my best friend and I found ourselves attempting to defeat walls we never would have dreamed of climbing alone.

Climbing can definitely be competitive, but when surrounded by the right people, it gives you a chance to grow. It taught me that my biggest competition is with myself. My nervousness to embarrass myself in front of others was holding me back. When I truly started feeling comfortable, the main competitor was the wall. I found myself feeling like I was on a team that did not need to compete with each other but wanted everyone to succeed at their own rates. It was a great experience to feel fully supported and encouraged without the side order of having to constantly maintain rank.

I would recommend rock climbing to any overly competitive person like myself! It helps you challenge your own boundaries instead of other's and will help you to reflect on what it means to challenge yourself, mind and body, and how you work to overcome obstacles.

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