What is Zumba?
For those of you that are unsure of what Zumba is, this is a brief description for you. I hope it answers any questions you may have.
Zumba is a dance fitness method based on salsa and other
Latin dance moves, performed to Latin and world music beats, and choreographed
to allow people of any fitness or dance experience level to enjoy a fantastic
workout. If you think you’d like an exhilarating class filled with good feelings
and party-like fun, Zumba makes an excellent choice of a group fitness method to
support your fitness goals.
Fat and Calorie Burning
At its core, Zumba classes are intended to provide a
large calorie burn through aerobic activity done with interval training in mind.
Depending on body weight, sex, fitness level and other common physical factors,
the number of calories you burn in a typical Zumba class will equal that of any
fast social dancing hour, such as salsa, disco or jitterbug. For most people,
that can add up to 400 to 600 calories burned per hour. With the classes
choreographed to provide intervals of intensity in both pace of music and type
of movements, class members’ energy expenditure is maximized for fat-burning
benefits. Fitness moves are also incorporated within Zumba dances, so don’t be
surprised if you find yourself moving from a fast merengue beat to a long, slow
set of push-ups on the wall, or doing several sets of squats followed by
Full Body Workout
Zumba is both a dance class and a fitness class. Aside
from its heart-health benefits, Zumba provides a workout for the whole body.
From head and shoulder rolls that loosen up the neck and warm up the upper body,
to footwork that strengthens and stretches calves and ankles, this fitness
method touches on nearly every muscle and joint. Even those who are just
learning the dance steps will find themselves waking up the day after a Zumba
class with a definitive post-workout feeling. Hips and abs receive particular
attention in the Latin dance style, and as with many dance exercise classes,
thighs and butts often end up being sore the day after class. Flexibility is not
ignored in a Zumba class either, with warm-ups and cool-downs a regular part of
Fun for Everyone
Zumba classes are winning over fitness enthusiasts from
across the world as Zumba instructors are being certified to teach classes in
record numbers. Owing to popular demand, gyms and studios worldwide are offering
standard Zumba, Zumba Gold for senior citizens, Zumba for kids and even
Aqua-Zumba done in swimming pools. Because Zumba is based on music and dance, it
seems to speak a universal language that people of all nations can related to.
There is no large learning curve in a Zumba class, either. New participants may
receive small-scale steps rehearsals before some longer dances, but in most
cases, first-timers can simply jump right into a class and follow along with the
instructor. Zumba instructors are trained to explain little with words, and
instead use their body and hand motions to indicate which steps will follow, to
keep class plans flowing and easy-to-follow. Whoops and hollers are a regular
occurrence while the dancers have legitimate fun dancing to infectious rhythms
and specialty songs.
So what’s the one reason not to try Zumba?
You probably knew I was going to say this: the only downside is that if you try it, you will love it, and you’ll find yourself scrambling to sign up at the nearest gym no matter the cost, just so you can keep going. So don’t wait any longer….Come join the party!!!