I've been spending the last couple of days working on updating my website, and I realized in doing so that I haven't updated my blog since January 2020--you know, pre-pandemic. I've been hit or miss with social media updates (IG: @thefitnic1, FB: @thefitnic, Twitter: @thefitnic1), but the blog has been complete radio silence.
That's not to say that 2020 and the first part of 2021 have been uneventful on my end. I've definitely made some changes over the last year, and the last eight months in particular. First, I got licensed to teach Zumba Fitness®, something I had been considering for a couple of years. Before I could even teach a single class, though, I left the studio where I had been teaching group fitness. It was a hard and difficult decision, but ultimately, I determined it was the best decision for me. That left me in limbo as far as working in fitness for a bit. In October, I ran an online fitness challenge that included brief video workouts, but mostly, I was stagnant.
At the end of November, the local public librarian approached me and asked if I would be teaching group fitness at the library as part of their community health literacy program. Michelle asked if I "happened to teach Zumba," and if I would be willing to teach outdoors (in December, no less) given the pandemic and social distancing protocols. I jumped at the chance to teach again and to teach safely, and I had no idea what a phenomenal choice that would turn out to be.
Since then, I've headed a monthly fitness challenge for the library, I teach three fitness classes per week as part of their free program, and the attendance has been strong enough that the program continues to grow month after month.
I've also added multiple fitness licenses since that Zumba® license I earned in July. I'm now also licensed to teach Aqua Zumba®, Zumba Gold®, Zumba Kids/Kids Jr.®, and MixxedFit®. Because of the growth of the library program and the additional licenses, I'm now also hosting paid classes. Currently, I'm leading "Park After Dark" at the community park, and this summer, I'll be teaching Aqua Zumba® at private pools.
The website is updated with class descriptions, workout videos, downloadable content, and the ability to book and pay online. More content will be added in the coming days and weeks, including a members only area.
If you had asked me in January 2020 when I wrote the last blog post where I thought I'd see myself in a year or so, I never would have imagined all the changes in store. While the events that prompted the changes were difficult, everything has worked out even better than I could have dreamed.
I'm glad you're along for the ride.