Wednesday, January 22, 2014


     ZUMBA GOLD! This is the perfect class for Zumba beginners or those who just want a little slower pace. The word must have gotten out that Rachel teaches a great Zumba Gold class, because when I attended it on January 12, we were packed into the exercise studio like sardines in a can. I thought it just made it feel more lively with so many of us dancing and exercising together! Rachel decided it was time to schedule additional Zumba classes now that so many North Americans had arrived in Bucerias for this season. This week, the Monday Zumba Gold class was at 9:00AM and Zumba (a little faster pace) was at 8:00AM and 7:00PM. Check current schedules by contacting Bahia Fitness at
     Bahia Fitness is a professional, full size gym. In addition to Zumba classes, there are Spinning, Yoga, Pilates, Stretching, and other classes. The workout room has a good selection of cardio and weight machines, as well as free weights. I really appreciated the Dance Studio where Zumba classes are held. It was clean and brightly lit. The smooth hardwood floor is a real treat after some of the concrete floors I have been doing Zumba on. There are mirrors to check posture and technique while exercising, and the Instructor is on an elevated stage for easy viewing from any position on the dance floor. Rachel, the Instuctor, was so easy to follow during the Zumba Gold class, as she gave great signals with her voice and body when the steps were about to change. If you are new to Zumba, or just want a slower pace, this is the class to attend!
     BAHIA FITNESS is located at Heroes de Nacozari #152, Bucerias, Nayarit, MX. I had a little trouble locating it the first time, even with my GPS and Google Map in hand. So here is a photo of the famous landmark--what I think of as the Betty Boop statue in front of the building. As you travel south on the main road through Bucerias, highway MX200, you will see this on the right-hand side. The nearest cross street is Calle Rodeo and there is parking down this and other side streets. The cost of one drop-in class is 30 Pesos (about $2.40 U.S.) or 250 Pesos (about $2.00 U.S) for a 10 class ticket. There are special rates for joining the fitness club for a month, 6 months, or a year. More information and a map are available at
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