By: Stephanie Watson

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A lot of people start the New Year trying to lose weight, but exercise doesn’t have to be boring.

There are plenty of people out there having fun and losing weight at the same time. Some local parents have even started joining their kids in a great, new workout trend.

It’s two generations coming together with one of the hottest dance exercise crazes, Hip Hop Zumba!

“She’s my mom,” said Stephanie Urbanek. “She’s not supposed to be doing what I do.”

“I’m not out at the clubs on Friday night; this is my dance club!” Ellen Urbanek said of the class.

Urbanek decided to get involved with her daughter’s class to not only show her support for a healthy lifestyle, but to show that she too can get down and isn’t too old to share a common interest with her daughter.

“I was nervous coming,” said Ellen. “I was like what do I wear? Am I going to be the old lady in the class? There are nights that I still feel like the old lady in the class. But I look around and there’s other women like me too.”

“I was surprised cause she’s my mom. You don’t think that she’s [going to] be shaking her hips and moving her butt like we all do, and she does it and to the full force that we all do,” said Stephanie. “She does a great job. I was shocked.”

Lainey Resetar, a teacher and the owner of Latin Rhythmz Studio in McKees Rocks, knows how important it is to help kids stay physically fit. It’s the parents who are proactive with their kids at home that makes a huge impact.

“It’s great to see that they can do something together or at least put them in a class and be supportive of it,” said Resetar. “Most of my students know that I do this. Some of those kids that don’t have the parents or help or support from home… I can jump in and say, ‘Hey, you know, these resources are out there and they’re available for you.’”

Whether it’s an activity with a mother and daughter or a father and son, it’s the bond with that parent that’s really important.

“It’s better to have them on the same side as you rather than having that conversation like, ‘What did you eat today? Well, you need to eat this. You need to eat that.’ We’re on the same team with it,” added Stephanie. “It’s a nice thing.”

Proceeds from the class were donated to the “Homeless Children’s Education Fund” in Pittsburgh.

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