Expert Corner: Livia Pataki on Zumba
Meet Livia Pataki
Livia Pataki is a Zumba instructor at Mayfair Clubs. She has been practising Zumba for eight years and teaching Zumba for nearly five years. She is a CanFitPro Fitness Instructor Specialist qualified Zumba B1, B2 Burst and Core licensed Group Fitness Instructor. She is also familiar with Caribbean beats and Soca. Livia regularly attends Zumba jam sessions to learn choreography and improve her dance and cueing skills. In Livia’s class, you will find participants from all walks of life, with different goals, all hoping to achieve great fitness through Zumba. From weight loss, toning, and stamina building, Zumba helps enthusiasts accomplish so much. Additionally, Zumba can be a quick pick-me-up for stress relief.
Livia’s goal is to motivate, enthuse her participants whilst delivering a safe, effective but most importantly enjoyable workout.
“Before attending my very first Zumba class, I had limited motivation to go to the gym, I was at 285 pounds (128 kg) with health issues. When I began my Zumba journey, I lost 110 pounds (54 kg) in just 2 years of Zumba dancing, without any special dieting or crazy pills. Yes! I am another living example that Zumba does work. Ever since then I have been trying to spread the passion for dance and music with it. Zumba is my passion: It’s not a business for me. It isn’t my livelihood. My motivation behind teaching Zumba is purely for passion!” – Livia
Livia Pataki on Zumba
What is Zumba and what are the benefits?
Zumba fitness is predominantly considered a fitness format that improves participants ‘ cardiovascular health. There are toning elements and muscle conditioning included in the choreography (e.g. Squats, lunges etc). The class, just like any other fitness class, consists of a warm-up section, a toning section, a peak cardio section and then varied rhythms are played for fun and to change the heart rate. Zumba includes both dance and aerobic elements, which makes the benefits of Zumba plentiful.