Day 22 of Fitness – Cowart Family/Ashford-Dunwoody Family YMCA

Day 22 of Fitness – Cowart Family/Ashford-Dunwoody Family YMCA 

Best Self associate publisher Patti Stephens 

Ashford Dunwoody YMCA

Ashford Dunwoody YMCA Pool

One of the many advantages to getting and staying fit is the sense of community that physical activity encourages. So for day 22 of fitness, I chose to enroll in the morning aqua Zumba class at the Cowart Family Ashford-Dunwoody Family YMCA.

While I’ve been a member of this specific YMCA for several years, I must admit that I hadn’t been in several months. The building has been under construction for quite some time, but renovations are almost complete, and I must say that they were really worth the wait! Once I checked in, I headed to the women’s locker room to change and store my belongings before heading to the pool, which has also gone through a major transformation and now includes a steam room around the deck!

Aqua Zumba instructor Anyanna

Aqua Zumba instructor Anyanna Torres

For a 9 a.m. workout, I was quite surprised by how many participants were in the class, and I was thankful to have invited my friend Ellen to this fun party atmosphere! Our class instructor, Anyanna Torres, instructed the class from the upper deck of the pool and also began the class by checking the music’s sound level. Aqua Zumba is exactly how it is described: fun fitness in the water through dance. For an early midweek January morning, it felt wonderful to jump in the pool. The music included was a mix of 80′s dance, reggae, a little latin and more. Regulars to this class clearly had their favorite tunes they danced to, like B52′s bang bang on the door baby!

Anyanna was fantastic! She was upbeat and never stopped encouraging us to have fun in the water, and she even made sure to grab a hat decorated with fruit when it was time to dance to the island tunes. This 60-minute class is wonderful for any fitness level and definitely a fun way to mix up the routine!

Details: 3692 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atlanta, GA, 30319, (770) 451-9622,

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