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Perris Residents Move to the Zumba Workout Beat

The Step Out to Work Out program is part of the Live Well Perris initiative and includes 16 aerobics/dance classes offered twice at week at parks throughout the City.The Step Out to Work Out program is part of the Live Well Perris initiative and includes 16 aerobics/dance classes offered twice at week at parks throughout the City.

The music was thumping, the people were jumping and the calories were disappearing during a zumba class July 10 at sponsored by the City of Perris at Frank Eaton Park.

About 20 people took part in the zumba class, the first of a 16 high-energy classes that provide Perris residents a chance to work out with their elected representatives. Perris City Councilman Julio Rodriguez took part in the zumba class and said he is looking forward to participating in all of the remainder “Step Out to Work Out” sessions.

City Councilwoman Rita Rogers, currently undergoing therapy for shoulder and neck pain, said she will participate as much as possible.

Instructor Marivic De Castro led the group through the world of zumba during a class that lasted almost 90 minutes. She said zumba combines various dance styles, aerobics with international music. The class benefits people of all fitness level, from the beginner to the advanced. An intense workout can burn up 800 to 1,000 calories.

Zumba class participants Sarita Orozco, Lucia Peralta and Alex Cruz get to work during the lesson at Frank Eaton Park. Zumba class participants Sarita Orozco, Lucia Peralta and Alex Cruz get to work during the lesson at Frank Eaton Park.

“It’s fun!” DeCastro said. “It’s a fitness party.”

Rodriguez came to Eaton Park with several relatives, including his sister, two nephews and Godmother.

“I’m ready to have fun and lose some weight while doing it,” he said.

Rodriguez said he has been doing cardiovascular exercises in recent weeks to lose weight and build endurance. He said zumba provides a nice change of pace.

“I want to get some variety into my workouts,” he said. “I am totally excited to change my routine and get into zumba.”
Rodriguez said getting a chance to work out with Perris residents builds better relationships between elected officials and the constituents they serve.

“It builds community understanding about better living and healthier lives,” he said. “It’s great to be an example to the community. We can do this, whether you’re two or 82 years of age.”

A typical zumba session involves jumping, dancing and moving to the notes and lyrics of various songs. A brief rest follows after each musical selection, which lasts about three minutes.

Stretching and bending were part of the routine taking place in a zumba class offered by the City of Perris in Frank Eaton Park on July 10.Stretching and bending were part of the routine taking place in a zumba class offered by the City of Perris in Frank Eaton Park on July 10.

Lucia Peralta said she came to zumba to tone up, explaining, “I’m working on being fit.” She said she appreciated the City of Perris for sponsoring classes at no charge for residents to improve their fitness and health. In addition to zumba classes, other sessions include tabata, aerobics and hula-hooping. They will take place twice a week until Aug. 31 at various Perris parks.

“It’s a great idea so people can come out and get fit,” she said.

Alex Cruz also appreciated the chance to Step Out to Work Out.

“Dancing is great exercise, I can do it anywhere and it’s healthy at the same time,” Cruz said. “I have never heard of another city offering free classes for residents to work out, and I commend Perris for making this happen.”