FOF Joy Prouty is giving away her Live it Up Zumba DVD Gold Set to five lucky winners. It includes a three-set DVD (intro, cardio, and toning), one pound maraca toning sticks, and a healthy living guide developed by nutrition expert Joy Bauer. Enter to win by answering this question in the comments below: What motivates you to work out?
FOF Joy Prouty is now considered a Zumba expert, but, it was only after the age of fifty that the dance and fitness aficionada discovered the Zumba fitness program, a fast-paced cardio workout rooted in Latin American dance moves. Or, we should say, Zumba discovered her…
In her teens, Joy taught dance, and later, moved from Pittsburgh to New York City to dance with the iconic Radio City Rockettes from 1959-1961. In 1965, after retiring from the Rockettes, she became a fitness instructor at The Imperial School of Dance in Palm Beach, Florida.
In 1980 she opened The Fitness Connection, the first of her three fitness studios, all in Palm Beach County, and started a separate personal training business that same year. Ten years later, Joy was invited to join the original Step Reebok Team as their primary international trainer. She traveled to over 40 countries, sharing her fitness expertise with Reebok trainers, instructors, and consumers.
In 2006, Joy’s fitness career and dance background caught the attention of Zumba’s three founders — Alberto “Beto” Perez, Alberto Perlman, and Alberto Aghion. They asked Joy to try their Zumba program and she immediately fell in love with the workout. “Zumba is all about the feeling of the music and the freedom to move,” says Joy. “It’s just a party all the time!” The three Albertos asked Joy to adapt their Zumba program into a workout geared toward the over-fifty crowd. “The Zumba Gold workout uses the same wonderful rhythms and exciting music that inspires you to dance but the transitions are a little bit slower and smoother, and the intensity is lower,” says Joy. “It’s a really good entry program.”
Zumba Gold officially launched in January 2007, and is now taught throughout the U.S. You can find a Zumba Gold class near you by visiting Zumba.com. Zumba Gold can also be practiced at home with the Zumba Gold Live It Up DVD set. “The first DVD breaks down our basic rhythms,” says Joy. “The second DVD is a 45-minute cardio workout tapping into our basic, reggae, and salsa rhythms. The third DVD is our ‘gold toning,’ which uses the toning sticks to strengthen your body.” The program also includes a food and nutritional guide. “It’s a really wonderful package and a great way to get started,” Joy says.
Enter to win a Zumba Gold Live It Up DVD Kit by answering this question in the comments below: What motivates you to work out?
Five FOFs will win. (See all our past winners, here.) (See official rules, here.) Contest closes February 14th, 2013 at midnight E.S.T. Contest limited to residents of the continental U.S.