Fitness Through The Eyes Of The Heart
By Robyn Friberg, certified Zumba Fitness and Zumba Gold instructor.
My journey with Zumba Fitness began 6 years ago when I was looking for an exercise class that was fun and that could help me lose the baby weight I gained while I was pregnant. When I found Zumba I fell in love with the dance fitness that truly was an ‘exercise in disguise’. You could get a great workout and have so much fun; it didn’t even feel like hard work!
In time, I began to admire the instructors for who they were, but also (I’m being very honest!) for the attention they got. I wanted to be like them so I took it to the next level and got certified as a Zumba Fitness instructor. I was looking for a sense of identity and with the attention I got as an instructor, I felt that identity I had longed for. However the happiness this brought me was not truly heart-felt and therefore it was short-lived.
When I started teaching at Soul Studio, I stepped out of my comfort zone by moving from teaching Zumba Fitness to teaching Zumba Gold. This was the beginning of a revelation for me and this experience has truly changed my life.
One of the most important things I have learned from my Zumba trainings and Jam sessions with Sareena is that teaching Zumba is not about me, it is about the participants. I always knew this in my mind, but I never really felt it in my heart…. until I met the ladies who come to my Zumba Gold class. We have developed relationships with one another, shared hardships with one another, and on occasion we enjoy having coffee after class with one another. We not only share a fitness class, but we also share ‘life’ together. This to me is the heart-felt understanding that it is all about our participants and that they are important to all of us here at Soul Studio! You know when the ladies make a point of mentioning that someone in particular is missing from class, the sense of community is overwhelming in the best of ways!
Although I lead these ladies in dance steps, they lead me when it comes to life’s values and true happiness. Right from the beginning these ladies began to discover their own dance style and they totally get that there is no wrong way to dance in Zumba! When I look at them and watch them shake their hips, or add their own arm movements, or I see expressions and smiles on their faces that are unique to them and the moves they do, I feel such joy because it is a real life illustration of the saying, “dance like nobody is watching”. It has been through my faith journey, my relationships with these amazing ladies, and the experience of teaching fitness at Soul Studio, where I have learned true happiness comes from within. This is what fitness at Soul Studio is all about!
So, with all this being said, I still love to teach fitness, but not because of any kind of attention or a need to find an identity. I love to teach fitness at Soul Studio because it is a place where people love you not for what you do, but for simply being you! That to me is a true sense of belonging and a vision of “Fitness through the eyes of the heart.”