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Zumba Shoes????

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Yesterday at Zumba, we had a woman that fell while doing a routine. The Athletic director called for a ambulance. She was in her mid 80’s and I was told that they thought she may have broken her wrist. I know her and she is a friend of one of my neighbors, so I checked with her this morning, she dislocated her wrist and has lot of pain in the same arm. It could have been worse.
The reason she fell was probably due to the shoes she was wearing and she did have tennis shoes on. After she fell, the teacher talked to us again on the need to wear the proper shoes. If someone comes to Zumba with shoes that don’t lace or have Velcro, they are not permitted to participate. Most of the people wear tennis shoes or a type that doesn’t have a smooth sole. The kind of moves we make with turns and twists cannot be done smoothly with the wrong shoes. A sudden stop can create a fall or put strain on the knees. He spent about 10 minutes explaining and strongly recommended again, the need to have either dance shoes or as he explained they do make Zumba shoes. In our class, there are 3 women that have the Zumba shoes. Most, like me, wear some type of tennis shoe or as I call mine, walking shoes. My walking partner also does Zumba with me and we have discussed the idea of getting the proper shoes but have not.
Zumba is a wonderful exercise; our clubhouse offers 6 free classes a week. I take 3 classes. Our instructors are all licensed to teach Zumba and make the class fun. My class averages 50- 75 people and most of us are over 65. If you haven’t tried it, look for a class in your area, and try it.
So, if you do Zumba, consider the idea of getting the proper shoes.

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    Hi Monty: This is great to know. I will be trying Zumba on Sat. Take care, Moni emoticon emoticon
    3368 days ago
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    Awesome, I do zumba wii not the same but I have a little pair of shoes that can be worn for zumba, bought then at Sportchek!!
    3409 days ago
  • JUNEBUG150
    Thanks for the heads up. If I ever decide to try Zumba, I will make sure I have on some kind of shoes that will work for it.
    3409 days ago
    Good to know as I have not tried Zumba yet. I am looking forward to joining a class. emoticon
    3440 days ago
    I did not know this thank you for the info. I do zumba dancing at home but if I decide to take a class I will be sure to invest in a good shoe. Glad to hear your friend was fine...God Bless her 80 yrs young... emoticon emoticon
    3445 days ago
    Well, Monty, you've done it again.
    I assumed that Zumba was only for the young. My gym has regular zumba and water zumba. I guess I'll have to try them both and see what works better. Thanks for the information.
    3449 days ago
    Thank you for this blog .
    Letting us know this info is very important.
    I am glad the lady will be OK.

    3454 days ago
    Bless her heart. That is good it was no worse than it was. I suppose I should put on my shoes when I do the Leslie Sansone DVD too but I have carpet and think it may trip me up. Thanks for the information.
    3454 days ago
    The proper footwear should be worn for any exercise. I agree with the instructor of not allowing those to join in who do not have the right shoes. Safety must be first. I hope the lady recovers and returns with the right shoes.

    emoticon Keep on shaking it Monty!
    3454 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/11/2012 9:52:49 PM
    I had no idea there were zumba shoes. I just assumed my walking shoes were okay. Thanks for the info. Praying for your friend.

    3454 days ago
    I haven't tried it Monty.
    Sorry about her fall. Prayers for her healing time.

    Have fun and be careful with your classes.
    3454 days ago
    I agree that shoes are important but without the support of my "tennis shoes" I can't take the class or my feet go numb.
    3454 days ago
    So sorry to hear of her fall and hope that she is back at Zumba soon...with the right shoes on. Never knew that was important but will definitely keep that in mind. I haven't found a class here that fits in my schedule so trying to resort to tapes but they have become very expensive since it's so popular. Hope you and your walking partner will stay safe and be able to zumba together for a long time.
    3454 days ago
    I haven't tried Zumba but have wanted to. Thanks for the tip.
    3454 days ago
  • FITAT50
    OMGosh, that could have been a lot worse, glad to hear she'll be ok.

    I haven't done Zumba for awhile only because I had to put my gym membership on hold but I remember looking into buy special shoes for class. It makes sense to use the proper shoes considering the injures that could happen without them.

    Thanks for the reminder Monty! And Kudo's to you for taking Zumba classes!
    3454 days ago
    I wear Dansko tennis shoes that lace up - they support my feet and help keep my arthritis in check. I wear Dansko shoes almost exclusively now - and am so thankful they are around. They have styles of shoes for work, dress and working out.

    You are right - shoes are so important to what we do!!
    3454 days ago
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