Mumpreneur’s testimonial: From a marketing sport career to Zumba queen (by Rebecca Rogoff)
- Published on Monday, 23 January 2012 12:09
- Last Updated on 23 January 2012
- Monica Costa
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I've always loved sports, my career in marketing began in sports many years ago but it when my boys were about 3 and 1 years old I became unwell with Ovarian Cancer (and beat the bejeebus out of it!) and I decided that it was my time to really take control over my body. I was determined to make myself as fit and healthy as I possibly could and so I took up major running (I did many 1/2 marathons, 10ks, duathlons and finally the 2008 London Marathon) and cycling (London to Brighton, London to Canterbury, London Bikeathon), climbing, Capoiera (I was rubbish) & dancing. I felt fantastic! I also taught tennis to children for a number of years. Fun fun fun!
I focused on my heartfelt objectives: sports, kids and being able to work and earn money while still being a full-time, hands-on Mum to my boys - an issue that's tricky and close to all of our hearts. How could I bring these 3 things together?
Then I heard about Zumba! I tried a couple of classes - actually, that's not true - 1 class was all it took! I saw that it fused everything I wanted so perfectly - dance & fitness. Fabulous! As my love for Zumba grew I also realised that I could also encapsulate the final piece of my puzzle in to the picture too - I could turn my love of dance & fitness into a career and share it with others, it's one of those infectious things!
I got certified through Zumba.com (which was a blast) and immediately started to teach classes throughout the week in Putney.
Although I truly love teaching all Zumba to everyone & anyone, the class I got the most fulfillment and joy out of was the one where mums had to bring their babies into the class by default.
I remember how difficult & frustrating it was trying to find forms of exercise when I was a new mum & I just love how great it makes mums feel so to host a Mums with Babies class was a complete no-brainer.
Zumba works. It just does. I've seen the physical effect on the people who come to class and I've felt the effects myself. It develops gorgeous, feminine, dancers muscles - which is what we want, right? And Zumba at Eddie Catz works too, it's a fantastic union.
Currently I'm holding 2 classes there: Thursday 9:45 for Mums/babies and Monday 7pm for everyone (without kids) - booking is required (for comfort and to avoid over-crowding) so I'd recommend firing me off an email or visiting my website at Zumbafunk.com.
In March, after my next certificate, I will be bring Zumbatomic to Eddie Catz (Putney and Wimbledon) too - this is Zumba for children & teens from 4 - 16.