Zumba fitness started originally in the late 80’s by fitness instructor, Alberto “Beto” Perez in Columbia after he forgot his music and, instead, taught his class with Latin music. By 2000, Zumba had hit the US and has become increasingly popular ever since. Being taught all over the globe, Zumba fitness is fun for everyone and the premise of having one big party.
Zumba incorporates music that comes from several styles of dance: cumbia, merengue, reggaeton, mambo, flamenco, chachacha, soca, samba, hip hop, axe, tango and salsa. Any variation of these dances can be incorporated into the routines during a session.
You do not have to know how to dance to participate in Zumba classes. However, some people feel a little self-conscious dancing among others. If this is you, relax knowing you can bring Zumba right into the comfort of your home with DVD’s and videos.
BENEFITS OF ZUMBA
While Zumba is a dance taught to mostly Latin based music, there are several benefits to this type of exercise targeting different areas of the body:
Other benefits include:
1. Enhanced flexibility – from various dance moves
2. Aerobics – from high and low intensity intervals
3. Strength – various classes emphasize strengthening the core, while others concentrate on legs, glutes and arms
WEIGHT LOSS AND ZUMBA
Yes, you can lose weight doing Zumba. According to WebMD (https://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/a-z/zumba-workouts ), an individual can burn an average of 369 calories in a 60-minute class.
LENGTH OF CLASSES
Zumba classes are typically an hour. However, depending on the instructor and the facility, classes can be taught in shorter intervals than that.
TYPES OF CLASSES AVAILABLE
There are several different types of Zumba classes available, all taught by qualified fitness instructors:
1. Original Zumba – Original classes incorporate reggaeton, salsa, merengue and cumbia music into the routines.
2. Zumba Gold – Still incorporating Latin music listed above, the class is modified a bit to suit the baby-boomer generation.
3. Zumba Toning – Using Toning Sticks, the focus of this class is to tone areas of the body. The older generation has a class called “Zumba Gold Toning”.
4. Aqua Zumba – Perfect for all ages, this workout takes working out in the water to another level! Individuals will feel the friction of the water as the muscles work harder.
5. Zumbatomic – Even children can join in on the fun! Children between the ages of 4 – 12 will enjoy working out and being themselves.
6. Zumba in the Circuit – Circuit training is the name of the game in this class.
7. Strong by Zumba – The newest fitness level in the Zumba family, this workout is high intensity interval fitness synced to the music.
For a fitness class near you, visit the Zumba site at: http://www.zumba.com.
Not ready for the group fitness class, yet? Enjoy this 30-minute Zumba series workout below:
Before beginning an exercise program, please consult with your doctor.
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