Zumba Master Class Comes to Yokosuka Naval Base

Story Number: NNS070324-01Release Date: 3/24/2007 8:17:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Kari R. Bergman, Fleet Public Affairs Center Det. Japan

YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) -- More than 30 Sailors participated in the first Zumba Master class sponsored by the Wellness and Fitness Center at Fleet Activities Yokosuka on March 22.

According to Debbie Deutsch, the event coordinator, Fleet Activities Yokosuka is the first naval base to get this opportunity to experience the Zumba Master class.

"Zumba combines unique moves with motivating music that allows the participants to dance away their worries making this a total body workout," said Deutsch. "Zumba is all visual no talking; you just flow with the music."

Many of the Sailors feel that the Zumba Master class is designed to let you enjoy yourself while you're working out.

"I loved this class because it just lets you express yourself and doesn't limit you in any way," said Lt. Anthony Pangjogie, stationed at the Afloat Training Group at Fleet Activities Yokosuka. "I recommend this class to anyone who wants to have fun while getting into shape."

According to Petra Robinson, vice president of Zumba Fitness, the music is created by top music producers to make each song unique providing a different workout.

"Zumba brings fun back into fitness and takes the work out of the workout," said Robinson. "Anybody can do the Zumba workout as long as you keep moving."

Since Zumba first came to the United States in 1999 it has spread to over 10,000 fitness centers in more 35 countries and has sold more than 2.5 million DVDs.

"The Zumba Master class has really exploded over the last two years becoming very popular all over the world," said Deutsch.

According to Robinson, Zumba also provides a gold program that is used for beginners, older participants, and people who are recovering from an injury.

The Wellness and Fitness Center offers other types of events and classes on base such as fun runs, body building shows, aqua aerobics, abs express, and many others. They also have half marathons once a month out in the community.

"This year we have had a great turnout for all the events and I'm very excited to add a new program for the Sailors and their families to enjoy," said Deutsch.

For related news, visit the Fleet Activities Yokosuka Navy NewsStand page at www.news.navy.mil/local/cfay/.

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