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The Suburbanite
  • Zumba celebrity comes to Akron

  • Exercise enthusiasts at Kadilak Fitness in Akron got a visit from a special guest. Celebrity Zumba choreographer specialist, Shahidah Ansari, led the class through a full workout to music from around the world.

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  • Exercise enthusiasts at Kadilak Fitness in Akron got a visit from a special guest. Celebrity Zumba choreographer specialist, Shahidah Ansari, led the class through a full workout to music from around the world.
    “Zumba workouts are really exercise in disguise,” Ansari said. “Over 14 million people worldwide in over 185 countries participate in Zumba. We all have the same passion for it. We dance, laugh, sweat and it makes us happy.”
    She said Zumba can help participants burn 500 to 1,000 calories an hour. There is also a psychological side to the popular workout; it makes people happy to have such fun dancing together.
    “I’ve seen mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, people with disabilities and kids participate. It makes adults feel like they did when they danced as young teenagers,” Ansari said.
    Ansari  has performed alongside Beto Perez, the creator of Zumba, at the Zumba Convention in Orlando, Fla. She has also appeared on the “Wendy Williams Show,” NBC’s “The Today Show with Kathy Lee & Hoda,” ABC’s “The Revolution” and “The View,” and CBS’s “The Anderson Cooper Show.” She also recently performed with rapper Pitbull in Los Angeles.
    Zumba is Colombian dance fitness program that also has aerobic elements. It involves dancing to a variety of music such as salsa, samba, hip-hop, mambo, meringue, and Bollywood. Shelly Kadilak, owner of Kadilak Fitness on S. Main St. in Akron, said that people of all ages and fitness levels can easily participate.
    “We are thrilled to have Shah with us tonight,” Kadilak said. “She has a skill level that most instructors strive to obtain. Plus, she’s a celebrity and she’s gorgeous.”
    Ansari led two classes. Her first class was with a group of Zumba instructors from all over Ohio and Pennsylvania. The second class was open to the public. Close to 40 people gave their all during the workout session.
    “The instructor class was to help them learn new moves so they can keep their presentations fresh and to help them be more successful with their classes. The Zumba Master class was open to the public,” Shah said.
    Kadilak has owned the fitness gym in Akron for the past two years. In addition to being a certified Zumba instructor, she is a personal trainer, weight loss and nutrition adviser and has a black belt in karate. The fitness center offers kickboxing, yoga, belly dancing and other women’s fitness activities.
    “Zumba is one of those activities that I’ve found that women seem to stick with,” Kadilak said. “I first got involved with it when I was training at the Barberton YMCA and I quickly found out that women stayed with the Zumba program even more so than personal training sessions.”
    Kadilak said the benefits of Zumba are numerous, including being good for the heart and lungs, it’s a lot of fun and it “gets people outside of their box.”
    Page 2 of 2 - “It makes you move, relax and draws you in. A person could be doing a squat with a booty shake and not mind it,” Kadilak said.
    Lori Richardson, an instructor from the Fairlawn area, enjoyed participating in the instructor training session.
    “It was awesome,” Richardson said. “We learned some really great fitness movements plus the class was really fun and Shah was wonderful.”