What is Zumba?

Zumba is a Latin-inspired dance fitness program created by dancer and choreographer Alberto “Beto” Perez in Colombia during the 1990s. This dance workout is currently one of the most popular and exciting dancing work outs in the world. It is a ‘fitness phenomena’ The best way to explain this Latin inspired dance routine is to compare it to being in a swanky nightclub, dancing your heart away. Zumba involves dance and aerobic elements. The program combines Latin and international music with dance to make exercise fun. It is rumoured that Zumba is Spanish slang for “to move fast and have fun”. It is definitely FUN! Zumba exercises include music with fast and slow rhythms and resistance training for fitness and losing weight. The music comes from the following dance styles: cumbia, salsa, merengue, mambo, flamenco, chachacha, reggaeton, soca, samba, belly dancing, bhangra, hip hop music, axé music and tango.

Zumba and Weight Loss

With Zumba you can dance the Fat Away! However, what makes this aerobic class outstanding is that it incorporates a combination of fitness/aerobic interval training. This is what really drives the fat burning temperature and in some of the workouts they even add resistance training to get the maximum calorie and fat burn. What makes Zumba an effective fat burning workout is its ability to burn 100’s of calories in one session. Making it ideal for everyone from the busy executives to stay at home mothers. Surprisingly enough burning calories is not the only thing that this aerobic workout does for you. The work out also reshapes your body — in just the right places — by focusing on your legs, butt, shoulders, arms, ab muscles and your core. A quick dance workout will have you feeling energized, and you’ll quite literally — Dance All Your Problems Away.

What If I Can’t Dance?

By now I hope I have you interested in this fitness workout. However the greatest part about Zumba is that you don’t even need to know how to move one single step to get results. This is not dancing as you know it. A typical class consists of a warm-up session, followed by the main routine and a cool down. Most workout sessions will last 45 minutes to one hour. This is for beginners and gym nuts.

What do I need to Bring to a Zumba Workout?

  • Lots of water
  • Comfortable workout clothing
  • A Towel
  • Trainers
  • A PARTY attitude

What are the best Shoes to wear in a Zumba class?

Zumba Fitness recommends that you wear “cross training” or “aerobic” style shoes. They provide the cushion and medial lateral support needed for side-to-side movements. They also have low traction rubber for easy sliding and turning. Please be careful with “running shoes” since they use a heavy tread on the bottom and are designed for forward movement.