My Two Left Feet

May 15, 2012 6:41 pm

Society states that the average 22  year old male with…relative charisma and social standing, should be spending his weeknights hanging out watching the football with his mates, or out at clubs surrounded (if he’s lucky) by lovely ladies.

When I tell you that I spend, on average, four nights a week surrounded by ladies and paying for the privilige, you might give me a look or two. But when I tell you about my love for Zumba….well, you still might give me a look or two.

For somebody who has always fancied himself as a bit of a dancer, normally whilst under the influence of both drink and an inflated sense of self-esteem, going to my first class was both a daunting and enthralling experience. Walking in gingerly (and late, I’d hasten to add) I immediately had 30 or so pairs of female eyes transfixed on me as if I’d crossed over onto the wrong side of the tracks. Taking my place at the back of the hall and instantly regretting my decision to turn up, I had a sudden thought.

It was one of those “hey, why the hell not?” moments which were disturbingly rare in my relatively conservative character.

The next hour or so was a trial but I must say, I was immediately hooked. Knowing that I was the centre of attention for quite possibly all the wrong reasons was something that was quite difficult to grasp. But the atmosphere amongst the class was a real treat. Made to feel right at home, I continued to fumble my way through each routine, sweating un-naturally but ever so increasingly changing my smile from nervously forced, to genuine.

That was approximately a year ago. Funny how time flies. Now, well I look back at that and laugh. Some may argue that I still fumble my way through now. I’m a 6 foot plus, lanky son of a gun with flailing arms and legs that I can’t control, but I enjoy the experience all the same. It’s not about how good you are, it’s about the enjoyment. Which I suppose, is just as well.

The reason for writing this isn’t to ramble on about myself. It’s kind of meant to be written as an advertisement, just taking a while to get there that’s all. Turning up at that first class a year or so ago and being the only male present, confident or not, was still extremely overwhelming. It felt for a brief moment like an invasion of privacy, like I was coming into somebody’s home and re-arranging all the furniture. However, the reason for writing is to make other men aware, those who have a boogie at a wedding and think that they can give anybody a run for their money on the dancefloor, that they should give it a go. What have you got to lose?

Okay, don’t answer that.  But in all seriousness..

There are approximately 5 or 6 of us now that regularly visit these classes. We’re all different ages, shapes and sizes. We all flail a little bit, our hips desert us, we even have a “man dance” attributed to us….which hopefully serves as more of a tribute, not an excuse to point and laugh. But we keep coming back for more.

To sum up then I guess, encouraging more men with secret desires to “shake it”, as it’s often put, is never going to be easy. Believe me, I’ve been trying to ever since. Each man to their own and all that. Personally, right now I have no idea what I’d do without it. I’ve met some fantastic people because of it and it’s now a massive part of my life.

My encouragement for fellow males who are sitting on the fence is, give it a go! You may just find that you like it.

  • Josh

    I loveeee Zumba and I am a man! Nice article!

  • Snowflake7h

    Love the article and would love to see more men of all ages at Zumba classes!!  What a way to keep in shape, meet new people and have a great time!!

  • GalFord

    As pretty much the only guy in my classes for the last year, I’m loving it!  I get to have a laugh, get fit AND call out when the instructor screams out “C’mon Girls!”.  All in all, I’m hooked, much as you are.  I’m slowly spreading the word to guys who are fearful of being the only guy in a class of 30+ women, but for me?  It’s a riot! 

  • Dianakcqt

    My fiance attends Zumba with me once a week.  We substitute this as one of our cardio days. He really looks forward to it.

  • Nataly

    Hola quisiera saber donde los puedo encontrar en Lima Peru, gracias.

  • john

    i love zumba myself been going now for about a year only man in both zumba classes one on a tuesday  i also do toning after zumba then do thursdays with another instuctor and also do combat same night and am 53 and i love the zumba best of all

  • GlennP

    I take classes with my wife, who also teaches. I often go even when she can’t. Only guy? Big deal, the ladies love it! Single guys, your really missing out on something. Great way to meet the ladies!
    Its become a part of my life, so much so that I took my B1 license. Great for my health too, blood pressure dropped and off my meds. Men, we are not alone!

  • Ameera-abu-hasira

    انا بحب هاد النوع من الرياضه وبدربو عنا بفلسطين

  • Agapanthus1

    My husband and I have been doing Zumba classes together for two years. He thinks he’s doing it for me but I know he really loves it, and he never refuses an offer to go up on the stage with our instructor. He is also the class clown. Since I became an instructor last year, he comes to all of my classes too!!

  • Mark

    yeah bro im the only guy in a class of 50 or so women, way kool, been at it must be 3years now still love it, “its the most fun a guy can have without getting into trouble” and im lucky i have top instructor!! you can check us out on u-tube taurangazumba………… or tina neville,u,tube

  • The one guy in our class was awesome!! He came two or three times a week. It wasn’t a real class if he wasn’t there. He danced better than the majority of us! We actually had a team of basketball players join in for a song. Everyone loved it as they fumbled and laughed while trying to catch on. It’s so much more fun co-ed!

  • Suz

    I love Zumba, theres nothing like shaking away your troubles to some great latin tunes. Would love to see more guys in there having a go. The best thing about Zumba is that it doesn’t matter if you get every move perfect or if you’re out of time just go with it, laugh at yourself, keep moving and above all have fun.

  • ShopShare

    Zumba got me hooked in a different way, I started running to support my wife.

  • Frankly, Zumba seems like a much, much better way to meet women than going out to clubs.  At least this way you are getting a workout, and showing you can laugh (and like to dance).

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