Tuesday, January 26, 2010

julie goes to Zumba...and does the Stanky Leg?

As discussed last week, I accidentally joined a second gym. Then I wasn't quite able to get out of my first gym membership. (Yet, that is!) Not being one to let the situation get me down, I made the most of it and headed off to the new dance work-out craze that's sweeping the nation. (That's what the plasma television in the locker room of the shiny new gym told me anyway.)

I arrived precisely a minute before the class started which did not leave me ample time to assess my new dance buddies. I felt a tad self conscious, this only being my second appearance at my new gym and of course I want to make a good impression. Not really knowing what to expect, I was surprised when I discovered it was all Latin music and moves. I can totally cha-cha and mambo and...stuff. Then I realized I was the youngest person, so I had to have an advantage. Suddenly the music started and when we were instructed to circle our hips around in a very suggestive fashion I didn't feel so smug. Those grannies knew what was up (and it wasn't me.) Well this is just silly, I thought. I mean Nat and I took an extensive Tango course, class,  quick lesson after a wine tasting one time. I can do this! The ladies were smiling and laughing and having a good old time so I loosened up myself and don't you know just when I did they pulled this merengue move straight out of Dirty Dancing and I just started pretending Johnny was next to me and really got into it. I even smiled. (Gasp!) Then the most shocking thing of all happened. We were instructed to do the "Stanky Leg!" I didn't even know that song was latin! I totally started gettin' it. And then I just closed my eyes and began doin the booty do like nobody business. I have a lot of experience with the Stanky Leg from this one time April and Mel and I were in a basement type beer pong classy club in Savannah, Georgia so I didn't even need to make sure I was doing it correctly. (For the record we also have vast knowledge on how to do the Laffy Taffy dance but that is a story for another day.) Anyway, I did eventually open my eyes to see if everyone was impressed with my skills. To my dismay they were all gracefully, sliding back and forth doing something that looked nothing like my butt bumping and air grinding. I cursed my shiny new gyms plethora of mirrors and tried to get back into the swing of things. Then I slowed my roll and decided to listen a little more closely.

In conclusion, I'd like to give a shout out to one of my favorite blogs.  Martinis or Diaper Genies
MODG is in your face funny. I got to work this morning and promptly began reading all my fav blogs and imagine what I thought when I discovered that MODG had written about the exact topic I had been planning on discussing. If you know MODG you know I'm thinking "Uh, oh. She might totally blograte (berate blogstyle? I don't know) me for this, but whatevs because our experiences were pretty different so she'll prob just leave a snarky comment about my faux pas."

In extra conclusion, if you don't know what the stanky leg is, youtube it IMMEDIATELY. There are plenty of instructional videos for viewing.



21 comments:

Christopher said...

I am off to YouTube right now. Glad you didn't let the grannies intimidate you. ;)

Eva Gallant said...

You gotta' watch out for us grannies! lol Stanky leg? hmmmm.

Eva Gallant said...

Thanks a lot! Now I'll be singing "Do the Stanky Leg" all day!

MODG said...

bahahaha!
I'm all talk. I'm not really that big of a bitch. Probably.

Slamdunk said...

Too funny. Stanky leg eh? I'll have to visit the Tube.

buffalodick said...

Workouts sure have changed since my youth... Pretty funny post!

JennyMac said...

Now I will have that tune in my head...damn you!

buffalodick said...

Are you actually the woman who does Haiku? We have common ground..Intellect gone horribly wrong...Boy Howdy! Been there, and done that!

secret agent woman said...

I watched, but I think I'm going to pass on the Stanky Leg. I'm not so much on stanky.

Sara said...

I admire you for even trying Zumba, because it scares the crap out of me.

And I'll bet your leg was extra stanky.

Julie said...

the stanky leg CRACKS me up, I tend to do it after a few cocktails...drunk zumba?? maybe.

tattytiara said...

That was funny!

Tracie said...

I lurve Zumba but some of those dancin' grannies put me to shame. They have some moves!

dogimo said...

There appears to be considerable variation within the 'stanky leg' style.

Spot On Your Pants said...

Oh my GOD. This just MADE my day. This is something my sister and I would do in public...we made up a very similar dance back in 1992 called "The Thelma" (like how she dances on Scooby Doo). Anyway, LOL! What did we do before You Tube, anyway? Oh, and I did one "trial" class of Cardio Hip Hop yoga...only to realize I had sneeze-peed my pants in the car. Why are there all those mirrors anyway. My anaconda don't want none unless you got buns hon! Right?

Busy Bee Suz said...

This is so funny...I was right there with you (in MY mind) at the gym...so cute, so funny.
I will go YOUTUBE the Stanky leg...I really thought it was what happened when your dog accidentally peed on your leg. NO? damn.

The Boob Nazi said...

I have no idea what that is.... But I will be going to YouTube immediately.

Kristina P. said...

I keep hearing about this stupid Zumba thin, but have no idea what the hell it is!

Love the Stanky Leg dance. It's all the rage.

foxy said...

AND there's a youtube video of a baby doing the stanky leg! That one is awesome.

We videotaped ourselves trying to do it once when my brother and his wife was in town, but I don't think I've got the balls to post the video. ;)

Your writing totally cracks me up, btw... i'm here to stay.

ModernMom said...

LOL Those grannies always have some secret moves!

The Peach Tart said...

You're brave. Now I want to try it.