If you drive past a fitness center or are a member of one, you are likely to notice a sign for Zumba classes, or hear others talking about Zumba.
With Zumba, upbeat, fun Latin music is played while people follow easy dance moves to the tempo of the music. The dance moves alternate between slow and fast and are a combination of belly dancing moves, hip hop, salsa, mambo, samba and other types of dance. Rather than being performed to certain counts, the dance moves are repetitive and follow the music. Strength training and shaping moves such as lunges and squats are also included to deliver both an aerobic and resistance workout.
How Zumba started?
Zumba has a very interesting beginning. In the mid 1990’s, a fitness instructor from Colombia named Alberto “Beto” Perez forget to bring his usual aerobics music to the aerobics class he was teaching one day. He decided to use some of his other music he had with him during the class and led people through the class using dance moves that flowed to the music rather than being counted to certain beats and reps. Everyone loved it, so several years later he brought his idea to the United States and it took off from there.
Because it is easy to follow and offers variety, it is considered by many to be a fun way to exercise. When exercise is fun, it is easier to stick with it and look forward to it, rather than dreading it or skipping out on it altogether. People of all ages, body types and fitness levels are able to enjoy Zumba and burn calories as they dance to the music.
Try out Zumba
Zumba is a less intimidating exercise class to get involved in due to its simplicity and enjoyment. Contact a local gym and sign up for a class to see what you think.
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