Rosa Shurtz is Making a Difference.
At noon, twice a week, Rosa Shurtz unlocks the door to a quiet church building. She sets up her Zumba music and lines up a row of small hand weights. Soon there is a room full of women who are trying to keep exercise an essential part of their lives. These are not young people who can leap and gyrate on reliable knees; but middle aged ladies and older women who have come to depend on their teacher.
Rosa leads them in low impact, full body routines that use Latin rhythm to get them dancing! She uses every technique she can to motivate her students. She provides constant support to everyone and if a woman misses class, Rosa will send her an email or text to make sure she knows she was missed. As you know, with exercise there are many who begin, only to abandon it because it is difficult to form the habit. Rosa realizes this and she maintains a pleasant connection with all the people who have taken her class. Most importantly, Rosa keeps her class price low, so that anyone can afford to participate. Many of her students come from low income senior housing. Some are low income and some are retired; Rosa tries to have a relationship with each person she teaches and she wants to keep you active. She knows the emotional weight that comes when someone really cares whether you succeed and she gives her time and heart to her students. A class with Rosa is varied because she alternates different types of exercise in each class. As the body ages, it becomes more important exercise and train all areas of the body. Her typical class targets each distinct area of the body and does it in a moderate way that allows older people to participate. In a fitness business that frequently forgets those over forty, especially those out of shape and over forty, Rosa brings energy, hope and fun to her class. We sweat, shake our hips and discover that true health is a “slow but steady” process. We are able to enjoy the spicy tunes and dance because she designs routines that are geared to our age group. We can dance salsa, cumbia, Bollywood and do it at a speed that protects our joints – so essential after you come to middle age.
There are many wonderful success stories from inside her class:
Sofia and her 14 year old son:” My son and I have much more motivation and love being active and healthy! These last couple months Israel lost 6lb. Thank you Rosa for the motivation you have inspired in us!”
Karen: “The Cerebellum is responsible for the center of balance, and lies on top of the brain stem. Mine is impaired. If it were gone I couldn’t walk. I am working off the cochlea – a spiral-shaped, fluid-filled inner ear structure; Rosa’s class helps me maintain the balance I have left.”
Babyo: “I love you; you are my # 1 role model when it’s come to health fitness. I am healthy, strong and have energy to take care of all my kids.”
Carolee: “Zumba with Rosa has changed my life in so many ways, from weight loss, to making wonderful friends and building self-confidence.”
Dee: “My body feels stronger and it helps me mentally because I try to memorize the routines. It energizes me and I have more stamina, best of all, dancing is fun.”
Val: “I have polyneuropathy which causes tingling throughout my body. For the one hour of Zumba class, I don’t even feel it or think about my health problems. The upbeat music and the dancing make me happy. I especially love how Rosa incorporates toning and stretching into the weekly classes.”
Barb: “I have always loved to dance. As a senior person, there really are few opportunities to dance, so coming to Rosa’s class is an excellent option for me. Learning the routines and dance styles is good for the little grey cells.”
Rosa’s classes are on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in the Everett area. Contact Rosa for class info!