Campus Recreation took Zumba’s tagline of “exercise in disguise” to a whole new level with Zumba Fright Night on October 9.
Students entered what they knew as Gym 3 in Burdick Hall but were instead transported into a Halloween party filled with treats, strobe lights, and costumes.
As they walked in, participants were able to trick or treat at a table full of healthy Halloween snacks like popcorn, pretzels, and apple cider.
This event had two instructors, Jessica Ricks and Kristen Thomas who was dressed up as a luau girl. For one hour, they guided participants in ghoulish choreography to popular Halloween songs like Thriller and This is Halloween.
Amy Baldwin, a participant at Zumba Fright Night and senior at Towson University, brought her tiara to the dance party. “The songs were so fun,” said Amy Baldwin. “I thought they were good to dance to.”
“Dancing with everybody and seeing everybody get into it is always my favorite part about every class,” said Ricks.
The Latin-inspired workout has reached 15 million participants in 180 countries. Zumba classes are so popular because they don’t require any previous practice or skill. As long as you follow along with the instructor and keep moving, you will end the class with an elevated heart rate and a full body workout under your belt.
“Fitness is a really important part of being healthy,” said Thomas. “If you can find something fitness related that you enjoy then it won’t seem like a chore…it’s a win-win.” Zumba classes are the perfect solution for students who don’t think exercising can be enjoyable.
“I’m not really that big of a gym goer,” Baldwin said. “I like to do things like going out and hiking and dancing. The only way I’ll work out is if it’s fun.”
“That’s what I really like about Zumba, that it’s fun,” said Ricks. “You don’t even feel like you’re working out.”
Because Zumba is such a fun way to hit the gym, participants keep coming back. Both Ricks and Thomas said that they started doing Zumba their freshman year and haven’t stopped since. Thomas had never taken a Zumba before until she came to Towson but tried Campus Recreation’s class. “I started going to as many Zumba classes here as I could and I just got addicted,” Thomas said.
You can get addicted too! Join us for regular Zumba classes on Tuesdays from 5-5:50 p.m. in Gym 3, Wednesdays from 8-8:50 p.m. on the Gym 1 Mezzanine, Thursdays 7-7:50 p.m. on the Gym 1 Mezzanine, and Fridays from 1-1:50 p.m. on the Gym 1 Mezzanine.