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Y Takeover at Chicken N Pickle

Posted on May 28, 2019 by under Events, Zumba.    

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The YMCA had their first Y Takeover event and it was massively successful. It was held at Chicken N Pickle on May 19 and involved several Zumba and Sh’Bam (another type of dance fitness workout) instructors.

First of, most people are probably already familiar with Zumba but not quite sure what Sh’Bam is or how it differs. When people ask me what Sh’Bam is, I often tell them it’s just a different flavor of dance fitness much like Zumba. It’s basically the Les Mills branded version. There are other slight differences though.

Here are a few of them:

1) Here in Wichita our Sh’Bam classes typically last an hour like Zumba but as I’m doing research, it sounds like 45-minute Sh’Bam classes are more common. As for Zumba, classes are typically 55-60 minutes.

2) Zumba uses various genres of music from all over the world but has a lot of Latin music influence. Sh’Bam primarily uses more popular music. Brian has never set foot in a Sh’Bam class but, after the Y Takeover event, he confessed to me that he actually prefers the Sh’Bam music selection. If you listen to the radio a lot, then you’ll probably find Sh’Bam music more relatable. As for someone like me, who doesn’t really listen to the radio (except for NPR), I go for danceable tunes and there’s an abundance of them in both formats.

3) The Sh’Bam instructor certification process is much more rigorous than the Zumba Basic 1 training so you’re less likely to run into a Sh’Bam instructor who isn’t very good. The Zumba process isn’t a certification so pretty much anyone who completes the Basic 1 training is licensed to teach classes. That said, I never have to worry about the quality of the Zumba instructors in town because we have some of the best ones in Wichita. Plus, the market really takes care of this situation.

4) Zumba has better name recognition than Sh’Bam. Almost everyone know what Zumba is whereas people usually don’t know what Sh’Bam is. Zumba does a really good job marketing their brand by partnering with movie producers and artists to get the brand out there. Even people who don’t take Zumba classes know what it is or at least have heard of Zumba. Unless you’re a Les Mills person or have taken Sh’Bam at some point, you won’t know what it is.

5) Another big difference is the gym carries an additional expense to be able to offer Sh’Bam. With Zumba there is no additional cost to the gym because the instructors are paying monthly membership fees to Zumba for the license (right) to teach classes. With Sh’Bam not only are instructors paying fees but the gym also has to pay fees to Les Mills for the right to offer the format. It’s kind of a double hit.

Anyway, now that you know the difference between Zumba and Sh’Bam you can tell they’re very similar and as such it made a lot of sense to have a combo event. The event at Chicken N Pickle was basically just a massive dance party alternating between Zumba and Sh’Bam.

Here’s a clip of Sarah, backed by Rose and Jessie, kicking off the dance party with a fun warmup. The clips below are also from their set.

It was a beautiful day for a dance party and we had such a great turnout.

Here are a few more videos from the event. The video above is of Aimee with Amy and Francie as her backup instructors.

This next one features Melissa with Todd and Brynden backing her up.

Here’s a clip Brian got of Vi’s Sh’Bam set.

Lastly, here are some videos of our set led by Charis with me and Amanda as her backups. The video above features Peligrosa and the one below is Little More.

This next one is Firehousee, a class favorite. Brian a great video, making his way through the crowd. We had such a blast leading these songs!

Here are a few of my favorite pics from the event.

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Amanda, Charis, and Me

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With Sam, one of our devoted class regulars

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With Melissa below

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Brynden, Melissa, and Todd

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Amanda, Rose, Charis, Jessie, and Me

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Same group this time with Sarah in the middle

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Brian and Brynden

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The three of us this time

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Hideki and Me

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Charis, Hideki, and Me

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And just a few more pics…

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This was such a fun event. And, very well-attended. I hope that we get to do it again soon before Fall/Winter season.

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If you’ve never been to Chicken N Pickle, I highly recommend it. It’s such a cool hangout spot. There’s plenty of stuff to do, including free yard games. The huge complex is also pet-friendly so you can bring the whole family!

I’m so grateful that we now have a Chicken N Pickle in Wichita and I’m grateful that I got to be part of such a wonderful community event. Until next time. GNG.

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May Recap

Posted on May 27, 2019 by under Life.    

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Did you know that the first full week of May is National Nurses Week? Actually neither did I until I was hired by Wesley (through the YMCA) to lead Zumba for their nurses that week.

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I only had four lovely nurses join because (a) it’s monsoon season here in Wichita and it was raining nonstop that day and (b) the nurses were working 12-hour days and those who had gotten off work didn’t have any energy to stay — they just wanted to go home and make dinner. My contact Jelinda said there were people who were off that day who said they were interested in coming to do Zumba but the weather probably discouraged them. We originally planned to have the Zumba outside on their courtyard but because of the weather we had to do it in one of the conference rooms.

Despite the low participation rate, the four of us had a great time. Also, it was better than the yoga session they scheduled that morning which I heard had zero participants. It’s a real shame. I think the hospital leadership was doing the right thing by coming up with fun activities for the nurses to show how much they’re appreciated but things just didn’t work out well, schedule and weather-wise.

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I’m being a good Zumba ambassador as I continue to invite people to try my classes. I actually managed to convince another coworker to try it. Last year Amelia started doing Zumba with us. Last month Tom got to try it. A couple of weeks ago, Amir (another coworker of ours) got to try it.

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I had an opportunity to sub Anna’s Aqua Zumba class at West YMCA a few weeks ago (the same Saturday that Amir tried my Zumba class). Matt actually came to Aqua Zumba. I invited him but I didn’t think he would actually show up. Imagine my surprise! He even made a sign. It was very nice.

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Speaking of surprises, Brian and I decided to surprise grandma with a pop-up Mother’s Day card and some cake pops. When Brian went to deliver it, he discovered that his parents sent the exact same card to grandma. Proof that great minds think alike. She got a good laugh out of it.

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Here’s a pic of me teaching one of my last Aqua Zumba classes at VASA Fitness for the season. I each Aqua Zumba at the Andover YMCA at the same time during the summer months (June, July, and August) so Victoria is taking over for me until September. I will miss this awesome group so much!

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In other news, the weather is finally nice enough now for us to play outdoor pickleball. I got to play outside a few times this month and I must say, it’s a whole different world than playing indoors.

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I also made three Rotary luncheons this month which is amazing considering I probably made three total last year.

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My favorite meeting by far is the final mini grant presentation. I missed all the other ones. I’m glad I got to see at least one of them.

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Tina and Justin came back to Zumba. That always makes me really happy because I will sometimes invite people and they’ll show up as a courtesy but then they don’t come back. And that makes me sad even though I know it’s not personal. Zumba just isn’t everyone’s cup of tea.

We had a very successful Y Takeover event at Chicken N Pickle last weekend. I will blog about it separately because Brian got a ton of great pics and videos.

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We also had a very nice time dog sitting Jay and Becca’s dog Gronk over Memorial Weekend. As an added bonus, our friend Alicia got to meet grandma when she dropped off Gronk on Saturday.

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I think that pretty much catches up the blog (besides the Y Takeover post, which is still in the works). Whew! I can’t believe we are finally caught up at long last!

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Harry Magoos Bar & Grill

Posted on May 27, 2019 by under Food and Drink.    

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Jay introduced me and Brian to a new place not too far from us. It’s not new actually. It’s been around forever. We’ve just never been because it looks like a hole in the wall bar and you all know how Brian is about that. He can be a bit of a snob.

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Anyway, Jay told us they have good, cheap food and you all know I’m always down for that so I agreed to skip pickleball and we went on Taco Tuesday. Brian was very reluctant to go. He really does not like these types of places.

When Jay got detained by a meeting and was running late Brian was like, “If Jay isn’t coming, let’s eat somewhere else.” He was looking for every excuse not to go.

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Here’s a picture of the bar’s interior and their menu.

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Jay eventually showed up and Brian chilled out a bit. He’s not very adventurous in a lot of ways, including trying new restaurants.

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Here are some pics of our tacos.

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We also ordered wings but we inhaled them before I could take a photo. Brian and I agreed we should go back on a Wednesday night some time because we actually liked their wings better than their tacos and Wednesday is cheap wings day.

It doesn’t look like much from the outside but Magoos is actually not bad if you’re looking for somewhere to have some inexpensive food and drinks. The three of us had tacos, wings, and drink and our tab came to about $25 which is a lot less than a single person’s tab at the places that Brian like to go.

Magoos is now officially on the list of places to eat for nights we don’t want to fix anything. It’s definitely worth a visit if you haven’t been.

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2019 Memory Gala

Posted on May 26, 2019 by under Events.    

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My friend Tammie invited us to attend a fancy party at Mark Arts last month for the Alzheimer’s Association. Brian knew Leo would be there and he refused to dress up. It worked out alright for me because I didn’t have time to buy an evening dress.

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It would have been weird if he was in a tux and I was just in a regular dress so we were both somewhat relaxed in our attire that night.

Here are a few pics from that evening:

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The Boot Hill Distillery tasting station offered tastes of their vodka, gin, and two kinds of whiskey.

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Here’s a picture of dinner.

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Since it was our first time attending, we didn’t know what to expect. It was a very nice event over all. It was a real shame we couldn’t stay for the dance party after. We had to go to Dillons to get some supplies for the lunch we were hosting at our house the next day. It worked out because Brian’s didn’t want to dance anyway.

That’s pretty much it for the Memory Gala. I wish we would have taken more pics. Until next time. GNG.

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Easter Brunch with Grandma

Posted on May 25, 2019 by under Food and Drink.    

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A pic of us headed to Easter brunch at Carrabba’s. I don’t know why we had to go soooo early! Brian thought it would be super busy but it wasn’t.

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You can’t have a proper brunch without mimosas!

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Here are some pics of our delicious food.

Grandma’s plate below.

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Best French toast. EVER. I would go just for this.

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Sooo, the blog is still behind but I’m catching up! GNG.

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