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Jan 20 2011

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Zumba: Fitness craze big deal locally

By RAY QUIROGA

Sandi Gentry assists fellow trainer Kathryn Pulking¬ham during a Zumba session at The Gym. As is the case in much of the nation, Zumba has taken the greater Laguna Madre Area by storm. (Staff photos by Ray Quiroga)

They’re so hot, they’ll fog up your lens!

Of course, that’s if you just happened to be a newspaper photographer assigned to shoot a Zumba class at Port Isabel’s The Gym.

The Gym’s jam-packed morning Zumba class has proven to not only fog up lenses, but even get specta­tors sweating.

Fitness trainers Sandi Gentry and Kathryn Pulk­ingham say that Zumba burns about 900 calories in a typical hour-long session. That’s more calories than jogging on the treadmill for an hour, minus the tedium. In addition, it’s fun. With that in mind, it’s no wonder that Zumba has taken the world by storm and the Laguna Madre area is no different.

Zumba is an aerobic fitness program created by Miami-based dancer and choreographer Beto Perez and two entrepreneurs, Al­berto Perlman and Alberto Aghion. It originated in Colombia in the 1990s and is taught by some 20,000 instructors in 35 countries.

For more on this story, pick up a copy of the Jan. 20 edition of the Port Isabel South Padre Press.

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