For this month’s fitness review, I decided to break out of my comfort zone and try something I’m less than good at: dancing. Sure, I love dancing at weddings and impromptu kitchen dance parties with the fam, but dancing with choreography? It’s not really my thing. However, I had to see what the buzz was all about. And since this column is meant to encourage you to try something new, I challenged myself as well.
About Z-Pulse Fitness
If you’ve been a part of the Findlay community for any length of time you are probably familiar with Z-Pulse Fitness, owned by Ali and Charro Saad. Z-Pulse has a great reputation for making fitness fun. After participating in a Saturday morning Zumba class taught by Ali, I can say that the class is not only fun, but also a great way to work up a sweat.
Workout or Dance Party? I say BOTH!
The class started with a fast-paced warm-up song and I tried to keep moving…even if it wasn’t exactly on cue. The music was upbeat and Ali brought a lot of passion and energy to the class. He gave nonverbal cues while leading from the stage to show what was coming next. At times I got a little mixed up and confused by the steps, but I eventually caught on. And now I get why they call it “fun fitness”…it feels more like a dance party than a workout, and I was covered in sweat by the time we finished. And the environment is very encouraging and friendly.
“Our clients like it here because they don’t dread their workout. Everybody becomes friends and it’s a group atmosphere,” says Ali. This was definitely true of the Saturday morning class I participated in. The group was full of all ages and fitness levels and everyone seemed to know each other. Another draw to Z-Pulse is that the instructors are relatable and nothing about the studio felt too intimidating. “All of our instructors are on their own fitness journey, too. We are in it with you,” adds Charro.
A Post-workout Treat
After class I enjoyed a guilt-free PB&J protein shake at the Power Up Café, located inside of Z-Pulse. Ali and Charro own the café where you can enjoy a protein shake with less than 200 calories. With over forty flavors including Cookies & Cream, Caffe Latte and Mango Tango, it’s hard to decide which one to try next!
A Little Something for Everyone
If Zumba isn’t your thing, don’t count Z-Pulse out. There are a total of seven instructors and 30 different classes each week, including Tabata Bootcamp, Piloxing, Barre Intensity and more. At $7 a class, Z-Pulse is a fun and affordable way to get your fitness on!
Z-Pulse Fitness has two studio locations: 222 South Main Street in Downtown Findlay
and 106 South Main Street in Fostoria. Go to www.zpulsestudio.com
for more information and a schedule of classes.