Funny name, serious workout

Published 10:19 am Monday, March 16, 2009

IRONTON — As we enter the third month of the New Year, fitness resolutions are lagging and getting harder to keep. Residents can zest up their workout with Zumba, the international fitness sensation sweeping the Tri-State.

Ironton facilities host five Zumba and two Zumba Gold classes weekly.

“We’re having fun, fun, fun!,” said Diana Summers, of Ironton, a one-year participant of Zumba. “After my first class, I fell in love with Zumba. I’m hooked. It doesn’t feel like we’re exercising at all.”

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Zumba is a fitness program that integrates international rhythms and movements for a vitalized workout. No dance experience or rhythm needed to join Zumba — just move and have fun.

“I’ve been doing Marta’s class for just over a year now,” said Jodi Richardson, of Ironton. “This is the only program I’ve been able to stick with. Zumba is so much fun.”

“We have tons of fun, and we have great Zumba instructors who are a blast,” said Summers.

Marta (Webb) Taylor leads the Zumba Basic class at Whitwell Elementary School Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and Saturday morning; and an earlier Tuesday evening class at First Baptist Church.

“I’ve been coming to classes for about a year,” said Darlene Green, of South Point. “I’ve lost about 95 pounds. I think it’s the greatest.”

Marsha Delaney leads the Zumba Gold classes Monday and Thursday evenings at First Church of the Nazarene. Zumba Gold is a low/no impact version of Zumba — same fun moves and music, just a bit gentler on the joints.

Participants urge anyone who thinks their workout routine is in a slump and wants to funk it up to ditch the workout, join the party.

For more information about times and locations of local classes, visit