Our Zumba® Fitness Classes are led by Zumba® licensed members of the Zumba Instructor Network, and husband and wife team, Eric and Valine Zeigler. Visit Eric's Zumba® profile at http://84354.zumba.com/ and Valine's at http://97405.zumba.com/. This blog is owned and managed by Eric and Valine Zeigler. Zumba® is a registered trademark of Zumba Fitness®, LLC, used under license. Visit www.zumba.com for more details.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Special Thanks to Joan and Anna!

We want to give a special thanks to fellow Zumba Instructors Anna Wade and Joan Widdifield.  Thank you is not enough for filling in for us and making the absence of one of us easier to bare.  Your help with instruction and positive energy helped us get through three challenging Saturdays.  Thanks again to Kenita and Ghada for helping us with client sign-in and more!

Also, thank you clients for your understanding.  We apologize for the disruption of our "Zumba with the Zeiglers" routine.  We truly enjoying team teaching Zumba Toning and Zumba Fitness together, and we look forward to returning back to our regular schedule this coming Saturday

This is the first time once of us have been absent 3 Saturdays in a row.  The first Saturday, Eric was at a Black History Knowledge Bowl, representing Smith Middle School.  The next Saturday, Eric was again representing his school at the North Carolina Open Chess Tournament.  And by the way, at both events Smith Middle School won first places!  That's how awesome of a coach Eric is! On the third Saturday, I was taking Erica to ballet rehearsal and Valerie to the NC Science Olympiad.

So again, thanks so much.  We hope to see you again soon!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Please Complete Our Thursday Night Zumba® at Ephesus Survey


We have been concerned about parking at Ephesus.  The parking lot has either been full when we arrived, because their was a kickball game or a soccer practice, or dark because no event was being held on the Ephesus Field.  We are pleased to report that no more soccer practices are scheduled in the future, so parking should be much easier.

Not one of you have ever complained about parking!  We are so thankful that you have attended our classes in spite of it all.  Some of you have even parked as far as the tennis courts.

However, attendance on Thursdays has dropped noticeably, which means some of you have just stopped coming.  Now that there's no more soccer practices scheduled for the Ephesus Fields, we are hoping to see many of you again.

We also realize that the weather has been snowy and icy, keeping most of us at home, and the holiday season just ended in January.

So, in an effort to evaluate our Thursday Zumba Fitness class and its location, would you please complete THIS SURVEY?  We especially want to hear from those of you who have attended the Thursday classes in the past, but simply stopped for one reason or another.  We appreciate your feedback.

Take care.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Zumba Toning Tip for October

Slow and steady tones the muscles, too! 
It is important to mentally focus on the targeted muscles, and to squeeze the muscles and NOT the toning sticks. This is called the MIND-MUSCLE CONNECTION.  In order to build resistance and tone your muscles, you must "slowly" squeeze the target muscles. 
Zumba Toning is the perfect way to sculpt your body naturally while having a total blast... Zumba style!
See you at Zumba Toning!   

Still don't know about Zumba Toning?  Watch this promo video!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Our Weekly Schedule

Here is our weekly schedule as of today, 10/30/13.  Beginning this weekend, our Saturday classes will begin an hour earlier.  Zumba Toning will begin at 8:00 am and Zumba at 9:00 am.

Why the change?  The Pee Wee Basketball League season begins in November.  We will go back to our regular time (of 9:00 am Zumba Toning and 10:00 am Zumba) in early February.  We apologize for any inconvenience.  Please e-mail us, or call with any questions or concerns.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Additional Parking at the Chapel Hill Community Center

We know that parking this past Saturday was difficult for some of you.  We hope the information regarding additional parking below will help.  We received it from Lisa Baaske, the CHCC Supervisor.

CHCC Additional Parking Directions and Tips:

"For your convenience, additional parking is located behind the Chapel Hill Community Center at our 200 Plant Road Administration Office.  Directions from the CHCC:  left on Estes Drive to East Franklin Street.  Turn left onto East Franklin Street.  Cross bridge and turn left onto Plant Road.  WELLS FARGO Bank will allow parking but only AFTER BANKING HOURS at their location on Estes and Willow Drive. (NOTE: WELLS FARGO is open on Saturdays from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm, so parking there is not an option for us.)

While at the CHCC, please park in designated areas only.  This is for the safety of everyone and for emergency vehicle access.  Vehicles parked in "no parking" areas or on the grounds are subject to ticketing.  We also encourage carpooling and public transportation."

Thanks so much.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Good Shoes for YOU and YOUR FOOT TYPE

Eric and I do not want any of you to suffer from joint or foot pain now or never. So, we wanted to post a blog entry dedicated to your feet.  If you cannot read this entire post, for lack of time, then please read the highlighted part below. See you soon!
A lot of Zumba® moves require you to pivot, turn, and slide, so you must invest in a good shoe that accommodates these movements, especially if you take two or more classes a week.
For Zumba, your perfect shoe should be...
-comfortable, of course,
-have plenty of cushion,
-be low-tread/low-traction so that you can pivot with ease, and
-ideally, be suitable for dance/dance fitness.
If you already use aerobic, cross training, or court shoes (ie, for racquetball, basketball, etc.,), and they work well for you then that may be fine. Eric and I both wear cross trainers and Zumba shoes, on occasion. Cross trainers work very well for Zumba, and for some of us, cross trainers are better than shoes designed specifically for dance, and vice versa. The key is to dance in shoes that protect your feet, all of your joints, and help prevent injury in the long term.

We are also concerned about those of you who are wearing running shoes in your Zumba® classes. I notice a few of you taking it easy in your running shoes by stepping instead of pivoting or gliding to avoid stressing your joints. As you know, running shoes are designed for traction and for holding onto surfaces. They can cause you some joint discomfort in the short or long term. It is very smart to tread lightly, pardon the pun, if you are wearing running shoes.

When shopping for a new pair of shoes, do some research. Advice from a fellow Zumba enthusiast may not be the best advice, because one shoe is not good for all. You must TRY ON/OUT THE SHOES FOR YOURSELF. Make sure YOU are the one trying them on, and giving them a test run. Someone else's perfect shoe may cause your body injury. Some of us need more/less arch support, some of us have narrow/wide feet, and our foot needs may change with age/weight!
I also highly recommend getting your feet measured and analyzed by someone who knows how to "fit" shoes for the indivdual . Check out Fleet Feet Sports FITLOSOPHY™ Process, where they follow six steps to help insure that you have the proper shoes for your particular feet and body. Omega Sports is another retail outlet for shoes where you'll get personal attention and education about your foot type.

Perhaps, you noticed that I occasionally wear Zumba® shoes. They are low-tread, and while I do wish they came in half sizes, I dance easily in them and my feet feel great! If you want to give Zumba shoes a try, visit www.zumba.comand use our Affiliate Code 97405 to get 10% off. Zumba® are specially designed for dance fitness. Or, do more research and give other shoe brands a try. I enjoy my New Balance shoes as well.

Take good care of your feet. Your entire body will thank you for it!

A special note for those of you who take Zumba classes on carpet:
Do you take a Zumba® Fitness class on carpet? Eric and I both used to teach classes on carpet. When I taught classes on carpet, my hip, knee, and ankle joints always ached after class. Then, I learn about slip-ons/gliders. They are sold at www.zumba.com as well. Slip-ons may be your solution, or even a strip of packaging tape may do the trick.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

El Centro Hispano Zumbathon

Visit www.elcentronc.org to buy your tickets TODAY!
El Centro Hispano, Inc. invites the Triangle community back to participate in our FOURTH INDOOR Zumbathon® Fundraiser on Saturday February 23, 2013 at the Durham Downtown YMCA. Ten certified Zumba® instructors will start the party off at 5:00pm and won’t stop until 8:00pm.
We, Eric and Valine Zeigler, will be there, along with Maria Jose Manson, Maria Elena Williams, Renee Cunningham, and many more.
Please allow yourself enough time to register and warm up. 
Visit www.elcentronc.org to buy your tickets TODAY! For more information, call 919-687-4635.