I recently completed my Basic 1 (B1) Zumba training in Miami, Florida at the end of May. See more on my overview of the training here. Below are my suggestions of things you can bring to a training session.
1) WATER. First and foremost don’t forget to hydrate throughout the entire class. At my training we danced about 3 hours total. Not all at once, but you never know when the instructor will turn on music for practice or to engage with the class for examples of movement. I brought a large water bottle and two coconut waters for electrolytes since I’m not a fan of sports drinks.
2) Food and snacks. My training was at a large business-savvy hotel with multiple conference rooms. There was a Starbucks coffee shop right outside of the conference room so I grabbed coffee and egg bites prior to getting started. I also had lunch delivered. Training locations will vary so I definitely suggest to either bring your own food. I saw a lot of people with protein shakes, green smoothies, protein bars, and fruit. I brought along trail mix and a Lara bar for snacks. My lunch was a partial cuban sandwich.
3) Gym bag or a backpack. I brought a mini backpack which held a good amount of items. I was able to fit all of my necessities. A lot of people brought backpacks and the area we trained in didn’t have locker rooms. Our bags were lined up against a wall. I would not recommend to bring valuable items since many of us left our bags in the open conference room during breaks and lunch.
4) Spare change of workout clothes. I brought one set of spare clothes (shirt, leggings, socks, and underwear). I only ended up changing my shirt during training since I was pretty drenched after the first 2 hours of dancing. The e-mail I was sent from our instructor recommended 3 sets of spare clothing. It really varies by how often you feel like changing. We had no access to showers for after training, so I’d also ask about that if perhaps your training is at a gym.
5) Something to take notes with. There is a lot of material that gets covered throughout the B1 training. We weren’t given a physical manual during training since it was sent digitally through e-mail.You can print out your manual and write/highlight notes. Some students brought laptops, others had a notepad and pen, and I preferred to use my iPhone.