‘Zumba, it was like love at first sight’
At Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Marianas, Raquan Hall, acting deputy operations officer and Integrated Product Team project manager, gets her co-workers pumped up with Zumba.
According to Hall, Zumba is a dance fitness program that integrates dance and interval aerobic training techniques. The choreography incorporates hip-hop, salsa, merengue, mambo, reggae and a number of other international dance moves. Classes are typically one-hour sessions that are equivalent to up to a six-mile run and a 600- to 900-calorie-burning workout.
Hall regularly teaches Zumba to DZSP 21 employees at the Bank of Hawaii office in Hagatna and has also recently begun informal classes for NAVFAC Marianas employees in Building 200/205 during lunch.
Three years ago, Hall first learned about Zumba classes taking place at the U.S. Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station Guam and decided to join.
“I had so much fun, I invited my mom to join me for more extended ‘girl time,’” she said. “We decided to register for the Zumba certification class taking place in Guam and have been ‘Zumba-ing’ ever since.”
Dance and aerobics are a continued part of Hall’s life. When she was a young girl,
her mother owned an aerobic dance studio, where her family would spend time together.
“I remember joining mom and her staff instructors as they created different types of dance-aerobic routines for their classes,” she said. “As time has passed – from college to single adult to a married-with-kids lifestyle – I think I’ve subconsciously added ‘dancing with music’ as a part of my physical health outlet. So when I learned about Zumba, it was like love at first sight.”
As a certified Zumba instructor since January 2012, Hall takes pleasure in seeing her students enjoy dance as much as she does.
“I love the energy buzz in the air when participants catch on to a ‘cool’ routine and without thinking about it, have burned serious calories exerting full energy to a favorite song,” she said.
As a full-time employee of NAVFAC Marianas, wife and mother to three young children, Hall somehow figures out a way to balance her lifestyle.
“Like any healthy workout, Zumba definitely helps to keep me mentally and emotionally balanced at work and home,” she said. “My mindset at work is constantly focused on execution and just keeping the moving pieces moving; most of the time I’m not aware of the stress that piles up. Participating in Zumba classes as a part of an active lifestyle has definitely helped to keep me balanced, even when I’m not aware of needing to be balanced.”