Zumba and Indiscrimination真是蠻欽佩美國人民的

After trying zumba in Phuket, I am pretty into this type of exercise now. For a couch potato like myself, this is literally the only fun exercise to do at the gym.

自從在普吉島試了zumba後,覺得蠻好玩的,於是開始去健身房上這個課。

One evening, I went to the zumba class and saw an overweighed girl testing the mic. I was thinking, ‘It’s kind of odd,’ as the typical gym staff there were those 18 years old young people with perfect fit bodies.  But, well, you probably can’t have that kind of standard for a technician.

第一週的某天去上課時,見到一個胖胖的女生在調試麥克風。這健身房的工作人員全都年輕貌美,長得像“90210飛越比佛利”裡的演員,所以難得見到一個沒有天人般身材的人,實在非常稀罕。不過,對於技術人員,或許不太能有所要求。

Then, when the class began, she was still there, with the head mic, saying, ‘Welcome to my class…’

That really had my jaw open for quite a while. She was shorter than me,  which made her not even 5’ 2″, while being probably 200 pounds. For sure, in the category of obesity!

誰知到了課程開始後,她也沒走,反而開始歡迎大家“參加她的課”。我完全是跌破眼鏡了。她比我還矮,怎麽看也像是沒有100、也有90公斤的人!

Now that’s something I really like US. There is really not much discrimination here. I mean, who says a female gym class teacher has to look like a super model? Although I don’t see any gym in Taiwan or China would hire an overweight person to be their trainer. But here, as long as you are good at it, you really do not get discriminated because of your weight, age etc.

但這就是美國偉大的地方吧,他們還真是沒有什麽分別心。

上課前10分鐘,我反而一直很不好意思,覺得自己的分別心怎麽那麼大。每次一朝前看到“老師”,就會忍不住發笑,因為跟自己心裡預期看到的形象實在相差太遠。而且不是一次、兩次,而是連著快10分鍾都會想笑,害我那時都要努力克制自己不要往前看——原來我受健身房刻板形象的制約有那麽深!

She was a very good dancer. She certainly knew how to move with those Latino music. Still, for the first 10 minutes, whenever I looked at her, I’d be smiling because somehow I still expected the one leading the class to have a perfect body.

Then soon I realize there was something that no other so-called ‘normal’ teachers can do—she motivated me like no one else. I mean, even she was doing jumping jacks, I really had no excuse not doing those hops and jumps. (Not like if I see a super-fit trainer, I can always think these moves may be too intensive for my knees etc.) So her class has become my favorite now.

不過,她實在是很能跳,就是那種跳起舞來特別吸引目光的人。選歌和帶動氣氛也超棒,上她課的人全都開心的不得了。

而且,我很快就發現她有一個其他老師做不到的長處。上其他人的課,你還可以想說“她那麼瘦,我那麽胖,還是不要這樣跳的好,萬一傷了膝蓋怎麽辦?”上這位老師的課是一點藉口都沒有,她100公斤的人都在跳上跳下了,你能不跳嗎?

Another key lesson I learn from her is: for losing weight, what really matters is how much you eat rather than how much you exercise. She was having 3 hours of zumba classes on that day. After going to her classes for a month now, she is still at 200 pounds’ range. :p

話說回來,結論是:減肥還是得靠少吃,單靠運動是沒用的。這老師一天能上三節激烈的zumba課,上了她一個月的課,也沒看她有變瘦,所以肥胖肯定不是單靠大量運動就能解決的。

Anyway, she is really good at picking songs. I really like this one from her class. Going to make it my morning alarm clock, which should cheer me up for the whole day.

這是她的課裡我很喜歡的一首歌。拉丁人連說「不要摸我的屁屁」都很可愛。要拿來做早上的鬧鐘,這樣應該一整天的心情都會很好。

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