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Changes to Parking Policy!

June 4, 2013
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We want everyone to have a safe, fun and stress-free visit to Latin Beat so this is just a reminder and update of the parking guidelines per the building at the studio. Please note the changes to the visitor parking! If you are parked in a reserved spot before 6pm on the weeknights you will be towed; visitor spaces are now located across the street in the church parking lot next to Dunkin’ Donuts. The main entrance door at 40 Eastern Ave will be unlocked. Please be sure to remember these guidelines when coming to class:

For noon classes:

Parking on Eastern Ave or surrounding streets
Parking in the church parking lot adjacent to Dunkin’ Donuts on Eastern Ave.

For 5pm classes:

Parking on Eastern Ave or surrounding streets
Parking in the church parking lot adjacent to Dunkin’ Donuts on Eastern Ave.
Any spot in the LOWER lot

For 6pm or later and weekend classes:

Any spot in the upper lot
Any spot in the lower lot
Street parking

2012 Latin Beat Studio MEMBER of the year!

January 2, 2013
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Lisa – Before

As we turn the corner from 2012 into 2013 we wanted to take a minute and recognize a very special student, Latin Beat member and friend who accomplished some very meaningful goals that she set out to achieve this year. You may remember Lisa Polcaro from a prior Success Story post. Lisa had tried everything under the sun to lose weight and establish a healthy lifestyle. On top of not enjoying the restrictions such programs as Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig put on you, she wasn’t getting results. That all changed during her first boot camp with Patricia. She lost 25 lbs in just 4 weeks! And she has continued to keep losing since then!

Lisa’s goals for 2012 were to lose 100 lbs and to be able to put on her engagement ring. I am happy to report that the ring is on, she has actually lost 101 lbs and even mentioned that she had recently tried on her wedding dress and it was too big!!

When asked how her feelings towards health, fitness and weight loss have changed over the course of 2012 her response was this. “Now I feel like a healthy lifestyle is pretty simple. Patricia’s advice to eat real food instead of chemicals makes logical sense. Now when I am at the grocery store I stop in the produce section, the dairy section, the meat section and then I leave. I don’t even go into the middle isles. Bad food makes you feel like crap”.

But it is not only the change in diet that helped Lisa reach her goals. Lisa has completed three boot camps, has consistently been enrolled in Pilates Reformer classes for the last 11 months and enjoys coming to Zumba at least 4 times per week.

“Zumba Heaven” is the term Lisa used to describe Latin Beat Fitness Studio. She looks forward to working out now and states that the understanding, enthusiasm and support she has received from the people at Latin Beat, both staff and members, are a big part of that.
Lisa has already set her 2013 fitness goal which is to lose another 50 lbs! Knowing Lisa, we have no doubt that she will be able to accomplish this goal!

Please join us in congratulating Lisa on being named Latin Beat Studio’s 2012 Member of the Year! Congratulations Lisa! We are so proud of you! You are an inspiration to us all!

The rings fit!

Lisa – After

Zumba® Success Story – Megan

September 20, 2012
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On the heels of our last success story about Lisa, our next story is about her motivating cousin, Megan. She was so happy to share her story that I will post it entirely in her own words.

LB: When was your first Zumba® class?

March something of 2010. My SIL begged me to join her at Mike’s Gym, Medford.  I dragged my arthritic ass there thinking I would hate it.  Hah!  Joke’s on me!

LB: When was your first class at Latin Beat?

When it opened!  After my first class at mike’s with Patricia, I went to Nelson’s classes, too.  I went to Studio 239.  I tried a few other instructors back in the beginning and decided I liked the Mendoza’s energy the best.  Now I have a host of amazing instructors to pick from, but my wallet and schedule limit me to Latin Beat, so I relish the events with guest instructors!

LB: What was your main reason for taking the class? (e.g. lose weight, get fit, try something fun)

I tried the class because I had been diagnosed with osteoarthritis in my left hip.  I knew from the age of 14 that I would eventually be old before my time.  Sure enough, the summer of 2009, xrays and hip/thigh pain proved what I was told at age 14. Nearly 100% of women who have a slipped epiphisis disc in their hip (a natural occurrence in 5% of girls aged 12-16) get osteoarthritis about 20 years later.  I tried PT, acupressure and massage.  My massage therapist told me to try bike riding, belly dancing or other activities where the hips rotated regularly.  Zumba hits that mark!

I also wanted to lose the “baby weight” I had been holding onto for two years after the birth of my third child.

LB: How often do you take classes?

I take 3-5 classes a week, depending on time.  No fewer than three, though.  If I could, I would go everyday, my family would be pissed, though!

LB: Do you take any other classes or fitness programs (e.g bootcamp, pilates)? If so, how long have you been doing those?

I have done three bootcamps.  I lost about 30 pounds.  More importantly I went from a size 12 to a size 6. I can run, jump slightly higher, my Ultimate Frisbee skills have vastly improved, especially being able to control my quick movements.  My slimmer self can slide into the corner and score frequently!

I started Pilates reformer in October of 2011.  This has helped my arthritis tremendously.  I no longer go to PT or take pain medication regularly for it!  I notice if I miss a week, though generally I only miss my workouts if I am on some fun vacation, so it is worth it!  My poor body will suffer when Patricia is away!

LB: What goals have you achieved since you started?

I lost the baby weight, gained massive amounts of muscle that I never had, slimmed down three sizes.  I never ever wore anything smaller than an 8 in my memory, even at age 14!

More importantly to me, I lost a great deal of my shyness.  I can remember standing by the huge fan at Mike’s Gym, wearing my first pair of zumba pants (red, now quite loose, then pretty tight).  People were chatting all around me.  I desperately wanted to chat, too, but my heart pounded in my throat.  I was not in a great place in terms of friends.  My good friends lived far away, I was dependant on one friend, granted she rules, but I needed someone who shared my other interests.  Most mothers I met on the playground turned away when I said something about drinking, or some other taboo subject!  I felt judged and no one ever liked my music, sense of humor or desire to go out dancing!

So, after a few weeks I decided that I would have to cowboy up and start talking.  I will admit, the first time I had a drink to loosen me up socially.  Whatever, it helped and after that I just found talking easier.  I would ask someone how to do a step.  I talked with Rebecca and Shannon (tattoos) about how to do certain steps.  Ida was friendly, as were others. Studio 239 gave me the opportunity to meet even more wonderful people, Brain, Anita, Shannon, the list goes on and on!

In bootcamp, the first time, I met even more people,  and found I was good at encouraging people to push themselves.  I always have thought if I am there working out, I should work as hard as I possibly can, because it is only an hour.  Now I think I enjoy bootcamp for working out and for meeting and hopefully pushing others in a good way.  I know now what to eat, how to eat, how to workout safely, but I still crave the social support system.

In Reformer, I don’t talk as much, but mostly because I am too busy breathing and thinking.  That class still mentally exhausts me, but I see so much benefit that it is worth the added cost. It helps me in all areas of life, not just muscle strength!

LB: Why do you like it?

Honestly, I don’t know why I liked it so much right off the bat.  It is not music I listen to outside class, ever.  If I am dancing for fun, I chose other music.  But in no other class have I felt the energy, joy and utter lack of self consciousness in a group of (mostly) women!

LB: Any other info you want to share?

The social support system has been by far the most helpful recently.  I achieved my weight loss goals beyond my expectations.  Still, I am insanely self critical.  Women are really whack sometimes.  Many of us see ourselves in a funhouse mirror, shorter, fatter, uglier than we actually are.  Our husband or boyfriends can tell us we look great, but we don’t always believe them.  We think they are wearing “distorted love goggles” or something.  Our parents can tell us we look good, too, but that is the unconditional love talking.  We believe our best friends the most, but still often harbor a secret voice that speaks the “truth.”

Since I was so successful with the 12 STEPS away from shyness plan, I decided to build my own confidence. Seriously, I wear a size 6 jean, size 8 in shorts, depending on the brand, because shorts are better looser for me.  I can’t believe the amount my body has shrunk, but still, I feel fat and sensitive about my body.  That is just stupid.

I look in the mirror more often.  For every negative thing I notice I have to find 2 things I love, and can’t repeat often.  The lack of repeat has helped me notice fewer negatives and more positives.  Then for every negative I come up with, I try to think of it when I eat, or work out.  I figure this will only help out my body, which in turn will help out my mind.

Sure I know that my whole self reflective/self improvement routine is a result of me being a massive introspective nerd, but whatever.  I am 39, and feel better about myself than ever before in my life.  I am not afraid of middle age, I know I can achieve pretty much whatever I want to.  And I want to share my thoughts with others.  I know many of you feel the same way about your bodies.  And I know you all work hard at achieving your body goals.  You are doing it!  You look great, and sure there will be things you don’t like, but don’t focus on those, please!  They only serve to degrade you in your own eyes.  Listen to your friends and loved ones, make daily Jack Handy affirmations if it will help!  You will at least laugh at yourself in the mirror, and who doesn’t look beautiful laughing?

We wish you all the best in your continued goals!! Check out Megan’s before and after pics:

Parking at the Studio

September 20, 2012
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We want everyone to have a safe, fun and stress-free visit to Latin Beat so this is just a reminder and update of the parking guidelines per the building at the studio. Please note the changes to the visitor parking! If you are parked in a reserved spot before 6pm on the weeknights you will be towed; visitor spaces are now located across the street in the church parking lot next to Dunkin’ Donuts. The main entrance door at 40 Eastern Ave will be unlocked. Please be sure to remember these guidelines when coming to class:

For noon classes:

Parking on Eastern Ave or surrounding streets
Parking in the church parking lot adjacent to Dunkin’ Donuts on Eastern Ave.

For 5pm classes:

Parking on Eastern Ave or surrounding streets
Parking in the church parking lot adjacent to Dunkin’ Donuts on Eastern Ave.
Any spot in the LOWER lot

For 6pm or later and weekend classes:

Any spot in the upper lot
Any spot in the lower lot
Street parking

Success Story – Lisa

August 1, 2012
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While this story starts in November of 2011, it really starts back in 2003. Lisa has fluctuated her weight for nearly a decade, circumstances beyond her control led her to an unhealthy diet rut that was hard to get out of. Lisa dipped her toes into the world of Zumba® in November of 2011 when Latin Beat offered a Thanksgiving Master Class. Her cousin (and future success story) Megan convinced her to try a class and although Lisa was not rhythmically blessed, she decided to try it out anyway. Her first Zumba® class was actually the gateway to much greater things.

After failed attempts with Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Nutrisystem®, MediQuick, and many others, Lisa heard about Patricia’s Bootcamp and decided to give it a try. She had a preconceived notion of a drill sergeant like approach to working out and quickly realized this Bootcamp was different. She came to every workout, did what she was told, pushed her body to the max and followed her personalized meal plan to a T. In 4 weeks she lost 25 pounds, “the most I’ve ever lost in that amount of time”. At that point she was hooked. She began reformer sessions coupled with Zumba® classes… 4 to 5 times a week! Add on another round of Bootcamp and 6 months later she is just as motivated as she was in January. She keeps up with her meal plan, pushes herself during each workout and the results are clear as day, she has lost 62 pounds since she started 6 months ago. What’s even more motivating is that 2 weeks ago she was able to put on her wedding ring for the first time since 2006!

I think a huge part of my success is contributed to the dedication and support from Nelson, Patricia, and the whole Latin Beat family. It really is a force, I have never experienced an environment like it and I think it contributes greatly to all of the successes at Latin beat!!

Next up for Lisa? 60 pounds more and her engagement ring. Rumor has it she’ll be back to wedding dress size by December! We can’t wait to follow up with her in the next 6 months. If you have any questions or concerns about Patricia’s Bootcamp or Reformer, come to Latin Beat and talk to Lisa… she’s been there. Way to go Lisa!!

Before – January 2012

After – July 2012

Latino Festival at Fenway!

July 22, 2012
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As many of you know, Latin Beat has been invited to open the El Mundo Latino Festival on August 19th, 2012 at Fenway Park. This is a great honor for Latin Beat and you as well! We have been able to request tickets from El Mundo in one section for all Latin Beat Family members who want to attend and watch us perform with Latino/Latina legends such as La India and Los Hermanos Rosario.

Please email latinbeatstudio@gmail.com to confirm you would like to attend. Tickets are only $10.00. Please note I would need to know by Monday July 23 who will be attending so I we can get the tickets on monday while El Mundo staff are at the Studio or I can contact the festival coordinators to procure the correct amount of tickets.

For preparation for this important event Telemundo and El Mundo Newspaper will be attending our 6:00pm class on Monday July 23rd. Both organizations need to collect footage, photos and possibly interviews for the event. If you are attending Monday’s class, please wear your Latin Beat t-shirt and bring your energy!

Lastly, Telemundo and El Mundo Newspaper will also be giving away free tickets during the 6:00pm class. We are hoping to get the tickets they are giving away in one area so all of the Latin Beat Family can sit together and enjoy the show.

Thank you for your support!