About a month ago, In our M.I.S.S. Healthy Bites column, M.I.S.S. Tiffany wrote about Zumba, a aerobic dance craze that is spreading to gyms and dance studios across the country. Shortly afterward, I was invited to participate in a Zumba class (my first!) with a bunch of other ladies in media to try out a new sneaker, the New Balance 474 – created to be the perfect shoe to get your Zumba on. The 474 is a lightweight sneaker with a low profile silhouette, perfect for being active in the gym. Features more specific for Zumba and other aerobic activities include a flexible sole, which allow wearers to easily pivot, spin, point and flex, a uniquely designed sole that creates minimal sticking on dance floors, and comfort technologies which allow dancers to concentrate on their moves without distraction from the way their feet feel.
I haven’t taken an organized gym class in years, but taking into consideration that I lead line dances, I thought I’d be okay. I was pretty excited. I’d been seeing on facebook that a few friends of mine were into Zumba, and they were always exclamatory about their attendance. So I went down to Printing House Fitness in Tribeca, and was given a bottle of water, a pair of New Balance 474’s, and a full New Balance workout outfit comprised of workout pants, a sleeveless workout top, sports bra, and socks. Full kit! I put on the sneakers which I found to be both very comfortable, supportive, and virtually weightless. So once the class started, I immediately took to the Caribbean-West African music and started following the movements of the teacher. The moves seemed simple enough, but by the end of the warm up, I was already beginning to sweat. And the sneaker performed very well. Some of the quicker salsa-like movements required swifter footwork, and I at no point felt like the shoe was holding me back from what my body needed to do. The moves quickened, and became more complicated as the class went on, but I loved every minute of it.
Zumba is something I could really get into – suffice it to say, if I had the loot to take more classes, I’d be there, with my 474’s ready to Zoomb my way into better fitness. The Spring 2010 New Balance 474 will be available worldwide in February 2010, will retail for just $55.00 and will be available in 4 colors – Black, or White with Blue, Green, or Red. Visit Newbalance.com/lifestyle when February comes around to find out more information about the shoe.
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