Whenever you step into a Zumba class, you feel like you’ve walked into another dimension. The clothing, the smiling faces, the music, the hips shaking and swaying from left to right; it is really like a whole other world.
The thing that stands out the most is that everyone is having fun.
A lot of people who are trying to lose weight really dread the thought of working out. You have your occasional fitness buff, but most of us are too tired and drained emotionally and physically to look forward to a good hour of exercise.
However, Zumba takes that aspect and kicks it right out the door.
Zumba was designed by a spunky Colombian named Beto Perez who accidentally stumbled upon this latin-dance inspired workout technique when he forgot his aerobics music. He then attempted to teach with the only music he had- salsa and merengue.
Well… you know the rest of the story.
He now has a huge following with his own music CDs, workout apparel, and even magazine.
Zumba has become a true phenomenon with licensed instructors in every state and has evolved into six different types of classes:
- Zumba Gold
- Zumba Toning
- Aqua Zumba
- Zumba in the Circuit
The workouts are fun and have a great cardio component. With the toning and circuit training, Zumba you can give you a strength workout too. The energy is always high and you always feel like you are playing or at a dance club with your friends.
No, it isn’t an intense workout but it will get your heart pumping more than a traditional aerobic class. It will also teach you some salsa moves to use whenever you do go dancing!
Another great thing about Zumba is that it is offered through so many different avenues.
- Zumba classes in your neighborhood
- Buy the DVDs online
- Games on your Wii or X-Box Kinect
The music is a key. You will never see a class or DVD without it. The beat is up tempo to coincide with your workouts and have deep Latin roots.
Zumba is a great choice for those looking for a fun and unique way to lose weight. It will deliver results because it is so much fun, you will keep going back for more.
One of the biggest reasons why most people fail at losing weight is because they stop working out because of boredom or giving up. With Zumba, you will actually start looking forward to your daily workout! People are are getting older can use it to help them feel young again because of the upbeat style and moves.
For those who are veteran fitness buffs, Zumba can be a tad low key but it can be a great supplement workout for the less intense workout days. It is fun, it will make you smile, it will even provide you with some stress relief.
Have you even gone through a Zumba workout? Do you have tips for people who are just getting started?