OGDEN -- With Zumba still the rage, some cities and gyms are adding different types of classes to get more and more people hooked on the exercise.
Earlier this week in North Ogden, the North Shore Aquatic Center held its first "Night-time Zumba Party." Exercisers danced at dusk on the grass on the shore of the pool. The center added this event to go along with its wildly-popular aqua Zumba classes offered all summer.
At Ogden's Gold's Gym, an outdoor Zumba class, as well as a Body Jam class, was taught outside on The Junction Plaza in the early morning hours last week. The outdoor classes were so popular that the gym has decided to offer free classes on Wednesday night, on the plaza throughout the month of September. The classes will offer both Zumba and Body Combat, and will start at 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
"People want a change of scenery and something different they can do with their friends," said Casey Nielsen, manager of the Ogden Gold's Gym.
Nielsen said the gym had about 50 people show up for the last outdoor class and he anticipates that number will grow with the free classes.
The regular Zumba classes the gym offers are popular and up to 70 people can attend the classes at once. The instructors will sometimes turn off the lights, use the disco ball and laser pointers to spice things up with the class, but some renovations are going to be happening to make that nighttime atmosphere even more intense in the next couple of months, Nielsen said.
McKenly Gardner and Madison Rogers had spent the day swimming at North Shore when they heard about the nighttime Zumba class and decided to stick around. Rogers had tried Zumba in the gym before and wanted to try the outdoor version. She liked the feeling of dancing in the grass.
"It's definitely different and it is quite the workout," she said as she took a little break for the high-energy dance exercise.
North Shore pool manager Tiffany Staheli said they wanted to try something a little different.
"We decided to offer the nighttime Zumba party to add some additional variety to our fitness programs. We teach Aqua Zumba on a regular basis and thought our patrons might enjoy the opportunity for a land fitness class this year," Staheli said.
Staheli admitted they didn't have quite the turnout they had hoped, but had enough positive response to maybe try it again.
Glow sticks were passed out as participants walked through the doors, but the light was still pretty bright as exercisers danced until dusk. Both smiles and sweat were abundant as the workout progressed, along with a few whoops and hollers.
Friends Anna Hadley and Mabel Sellers heard about the water Zumba classes and the nighttime class while swimming with their families at the pool earlier this summer. Hadley has been attending the water classes all summer and loves doing any kind of Zumba.
"It's just a fun way to do exercise," Hadley said.
Sellers said she comes for the music.
Gold's hasn't started offering the water Zumba classes, but they are definitely looking into it, Nielsen said. They have had several instructors inquire about teaching it. Instructors that teach at the Roy Complex have as well, said Roy pool and complex manager Julie Cragun. While Roy offers Zumba classes at their complex they haven't taken the jump to water Zumba yet, but water aerobics classes are still offered.
For more information on any of the classes from the cities or the gyms, full schedules are available on their websites, www.northogdenrecreation.com; goldsgym.com; or royutah.org.