EMZ is a non-profit, fitness organization dedicated to inspiring members of the community to unite in becoming healthy, fit, and active by providing and promoting free and low-cost fitness classes and health education opportunities.
Beti Tua'efe, Betsy Vakapuna, Billie Sosi, Dana Rossi, Lila Latu, Liu Vakapuna, Maki Yamagata, Meliame Vaikeli, Satomi Biggs, Sela Misinale, Sinai Pauni, Sisilia 'Iongi, Twig Larkin
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Friday, December 14, 2012
Here's Caralee's story in her own words:
I heard about EMZ several months before I actually started attending. My son was going to seminary in the stake center where we meet now. We'd drive past the building behind the Hook and Ladder every morning, and we wondered why there were so many cars there at that hour of the day. We went to a Stake Youth Council Meeting, and Mahina was there and telling everyone about EMZ. I thought about going, but didn't because of the seminary schedule. When school was over for the year, I ran out of excuses not to go. School was over, it was free, and just up the street from my house, so I started going. I had a pair of pants that was way too small for me. I couldn't even make the button and button hole meet, because my stomach was so big. After a week or two, I could put on the pants and button them, but it was still tight. A few months later, I could fasten them completely. My goal is to put them on and wear them comfortably. I can wear them, but it is still kind of snug. I have lost about 20 pounds, but some of it has come back. I am hoping to break the plateau I have been on, and to lose some more. I do not want to go back to where I was a year and a half ago. I recently hit my 50th birthday. In my family, that is a scary decade, because of the health problems several family members have had. We've had run ins with heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. I hope that by doing zumba on a regular basis, I will be able to avoid those things.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
December 25 & 26 (Tuesday & Wednesday) - Merry Christmas! NO CLASS.
December 28 (Friday) - Holiday Party. It will be like our other parties during/after class. Potluck style. Please see Nane Vea, Heamoni Fili'moeatu or Lupi Misinale for more info.
January 1 (Tuesday) - Happy New Year 2013. NO CLASS.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
We appreciate everyone's concern and know that no one has left the group. Between all of us, we guarantee someone will be there to teach each morning.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Penina Matagi Roberts
I was a large marge of 220 and now weigh 180 and have gone down 4 pant sizes...
I finally gave in (and I am not a morning person, so this is big for me to be up going @530am, especially to workout!! Lol) and went with her and was hooked from day one...I started attending EMZ on a regular basis mid March of this year...I remember cause my first EMZ partay experience was the St. Patrick party...
Thank you Penina for sharing your story with us!!! Love ya girl!!!
Stay tuned as we will be sharing more from our class. And if you are a class member and would like to share your story & pictures with us, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, November 26, 2012
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Here's what we have coming up this month:
November 12th: Kick-off for the Polynesian Health Awareness Week and EMZ is participating! Class will be relocated for this morning only! A few things we can share - Fox13, Big Budah, EMZ Crew...enough said. More details to come!
November 22nd: Thanksgiving morning & we will be having class. Come pre-pay your calories for the day!
November 23rd: Black Friday, day after Thanksgiving - NO CLASS!
November 28th: Road Home Service Project. No party/food at EMZ this month, saving that for Christmas. However, we would like to give back and do something slightly different this year. We have signed up to cook & serve dinner for the Road Home. Maki & Twig are in charge of this project. Meal plan will be posted along with sign up sheet. We will need donations for the dinner to be served. In addition, we will need volunteers to help serve that evening. We're excited for this project and hope you are too!
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Friday, October 12, 2012
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Friday, September 28, 2012
Monday, September 24, 2012
Friday, September 21, 2012
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Thursday, September 13, 2012
*Note: Souna's routine is different from one in video.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Monday, September 10, 2012
Even though I'm into Zumba not running/figure/bodybuilding, I still like to stop by her FB page: Recipes for Gals in Figure and Bodybuilding
Friday, September 7, 2012
I met Betsy over 20 years ago when we worked together. She was someone that was easy to get along with and could always make you laugh. In fact our little group that sat together at work got separated by our supervisor because we were laughing too much. She eventually left the company I work for and moved on, but throughout the years we kept in touch.
Betsy brings a lot of fun and spunk to our classes. She is our merengue queen. Whenever I need a merengue in the playlist, I throw in one of her songs. Leave it to her to introduce the whistle to our class. First time she brought it, I think she startled all of us on stage. She surprises our guests with it. It's kind of funny 'cause they are totally caught off guard. She definitely knows how to work & get the crowd cheering. She is always happy...seriously she is. You can count on her to cheer you up. She's always looking for the good in others and she helps keep our team balanced when we have our 'moments'.
Love ya 'B'!!!
You are almost there!
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
As far as instructors, majority of us showed up to teach. We were missing 2 I believe. I know the pictures and some videos show us goofing off most of the time, but one thing for sure, the leading instructor is always doing his/her job to lead. Now the others, no guarantee what you're going to get from them. Most of the time, they follow & sometimes, they add their own flair...lol. You just have to be there to see what I mean.
This particular morning, someone was suppose to do warm-up...and um, he was running late. And the plan has been for him to do warm-up all last week...and that didn't happen. We had a little payback for him. We normally alternate songs between all of us. I thought I would throw in a fast one back to back with his medium tempo one. Yeah, I was getting some dirty looks during his routine. Hahahaha...thanks Liu for always being a good sport.
As if that wasn't enough picking on the poor guy, during his 3rd routine, not even planned, we slowly left the stage and left him solo. He didn't even notice we were standing at the side until 3/4 of the way through his routine. Only he can walk off and call us 'jerks'. Lol. Some may not get our humor, but that's just the way we are with one another. It's never about competition who's the better instructor or who has the most fans. We goof off and make fun of each other, crack jokes, play jokes on each other, but in the end, nothing but love for one another.
Monday, September 3, 2012
L to R: Ame aka Suka, Silia & Sela
I must say, Utah has some amazing instructors!
It was a fun evening reuniting with Zumba friends and making new ones!
Looking forward to next year's!
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Friday, July 6, 2012
Friday, June 29, 2012
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
July 4th: One hour class. Same time - 5:30 am. Please come dressed in your patriotic colors (red, white, blue...stars, stripes..).
July 6th: Super Hero Day. That's just how we do it at EMZ. Please come dressed in your favorite Super Hero costume. It's Friday and we like to change things up a bit.
July 13th: As promised, our very own EMZ instructors get to do the entire class. On this particular day, Beti & Betsy will be sharing the hour. Looking forward to a dose of B & B.
August 3rd: Our very first EMZ master class. It's Friday evening and we have some fun things planned for this evening. In usual EMZ style, we will have some giveaways from our sponsors. Here's what you need to know: location is in SLC, it will begin at 7:00 pm, it's an hour and half. VIP - $35 (some great things in store for you) & $10 advanced purchase / $15 at the door. We as a group of instructors would love to attend the Zumba Convention in February of next year. Money earned from this master class will go towards the cost to get us to convention. We truly appreciate all the love and support from you all and definitely looking forward to this event. More details to come!
Monday, June 18, 2012
Anyhow, to elaborate a little on my so called "health tip", breakfast is the most important meal and it is the meal that always gets skipped. Why is breakfast so important?
Routine led by Beti Tu'aefe
Original choreography by Teresa Auva'a
Song: Drop It Low by Kat DeLuna
Saturday, June 16, 2012
As much as we have 14 EMZ instructors, it's VERY rare that we get to hangout. Or even, we all be at the EMZ. As far as I know, it happened only twice in the past with in almost 2 yrs. That doesn't mean that we don't communicate. We do. Thank goodness for modern technology :)) So, when the summer comes and a little time that we get to hangout together like this in the pictures after EMZ, it is PRICELESS for me. In other words, one of my high lights of the day. If I quote Beti, "I love how we get to take turns to make each other laugh," it is truly lighten things up for whatever we all each have in our lives. We shed our tears for hearing inspirational experiences, too. Do I know each member well? No, not yet. That is another reason why I look forward to this time, where I get to know each of my fabulous instructors. That goes same with any events that we get to go as a crew. For example, our recent 70th birthday party for Sinai and Sisilia's pup. I may not talk with you (because most likely I will be chasing after my boys at those events, and on top of that...I am the shy and the quiet one, hahaha), but I do see and hear about how wonderful you are. And that is so precious to me. Of course we get to read our FB and blog posts, but real interaction get something more, without twisting the writing, etc. So, time like this = PRICELESS!