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How Can I Get Past Zumba Releases?

I get this questions all of the time so I decided it was time to write a post about it.

In short, you can’t.

New Zumba Instructors often feel limited by the amount of music/choreography that they start out with, but we were all in that same boat at one time or another so us more seasoned instructors understand your frustrations.

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The problem is it is a direct violation of your ZIN license agreement to share music or choreography albums/DVDs even with other instructors an members of the Zumba Instructor’s Network. That’s a large reason why I started entering the song titles from each album here on my site, so even though you can’t buy the Zumba album, you can at least find out what songs were on it, and in the case of remade songs you are still able to purchase the original song and go from there. Lots of times you might know the accompanying choreographing from taking classes so there is no stopping you from using it in that manner, but as instructors we can’t lend you our CD’s or DVD’s, nor can we make copies of them for you.

Having said that, I’m sure there are people who do share their music, I’m just not one of them. So if the thought has crossed your mind to email or message me and ask me for a song I’ll spare you the trouble – I’m not going to share it with you. Sorry.

The way it was explained to me, is that Zumba licenses the music on each CD for a certain number of copies for instructors. And once that amount is issued that it it. If they were to offer back copies they would have to continue paying new fees for licensing on older releases making it much more expensive, and therefore we’d end up paying more. I don’t know if that’s exactly how it goes, but that’s how I understood it.

As we all know, the music only makes up one part of the class, you could have all of the best music available and still be a terrible instructor, so my advice is to use what you’ve got, and then find some other songs (from previous ZIN’s that you can purchase the originals of or just songs you like that fit the Zumba mould) and go from there. Before you know it you’ll have more choreography than you know what to do with!

P.S. Don’t forget, there is extra choreo available on the ZIN site for specialties too that you can use if you’re into those.

Have fun creating!

xoxo,

Suzi

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Being A Good Patient {Guest Post}

Today my friend Morgan from Wildly Fit is taking over the blog and talking to you about your role in recovery and being a good patient – thanks so much Morgan for dropping by! xoxo

You, yes YOU have the power to heal yourself … with the help of your medical professional of course. My name is Morgan, I’m a personal trainer and owner of Wildly Fit. Thanks so much to Suzi for letting me chat over here with you fine people.

Today I’m writing about being a good patient during injury recovery and rehab. Whether you see a physiotherapist, athletic therapist, or chiropractor, what matters most is how you handle your own recovery plan. Over the last fifteen years I’ve had a lot of injuries from a lot of different sports and I suffer from undiagnosed chronic pain. It took me a while to find someone to work with, and a method of rehabilitation that was best for me. Thankfully, over the past few years I’ve been working with a wonderful chiropractor who has guided me through my injuries and pain problems and trained me for a bunch of races and fitness events. (If you’re in Toronto and need someone click on over to Oh Fast to check out my doctor, Dr Paul Oh.)

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Here are some tips to make sure you’re getting the most out of your appointments. Because whether you pay yourself or are reimbursed through your medical insurance, the faster you can heal an injury the better, right?

For me, I need something that is movement based. My treatment always consists of some soft tissue work and some strength training. The best type of treatment is something that you feel is moving you forward, discuss it with your doctor. There are a whole bunch of therapies that different medical professionals use so ask them what they specialize in.

After you are diagnosed with whatever the problem actually is, do your research. I try to stay away from googling problems because I obsess over the worst case scenario. The first time I saw my chiropractor he actually wanted me to do some research about my injury so that I could be a better participant in my recovery.

Every time I leave an appointment I ask my doctor what I should do in the days between. He gives me instructions on rest, ice, heat, exercises and stretching. If you have a bad memory, ask your doctor to write it down or email you.

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Make sure you know how often you’ll need to have appointments. This is important for budgeting the expense and planning your next fitness adventures or training. If you already have an upcoming race or other event make sure you’ve discussed your goals and training plans and how your injury recovery will affect them.

Keep a journal or schedule of your injury recovery process. Make notes about what times of the day you’re in pain and how much. Also take note of what exercises or movements start feeling better and which ones are still painful. Your doctor will be better able to plan your next step in rehabilitation. Tracking is also very helpful for the emotional side of managing injuries. You’re not going to go from limping to pain free in a jiffy, but noticing small improvements can help you stay mentally strong and committed to following through.

Thanks for chatting about injuries with me. Let me know if you have any questions :)

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