#TryItTuesday: Zumba, Zumba
If you are looking for a fun and energetic workout, and you love to dance, you most definitely want to check out a Zumba class. I never knew working out could be so much fun!
And to think, I almost let my being overweight and out of shape stop me from trying Zumba. To help conquer my fear of looking foolish, I found a place in the back of the class. Once the music started, my feet couldn’t help but move! The energy! The upbeat music! The encouragement from the instructor and other dancers! Amazing! My experience with my Zumba is that it lives up to its tagline, “Ditch the workout, join the party.”
What is Zumba?
Zumba is a fitness program that combines Latin and international music with dance moves. It was created by Colombian dancer and choreographer Alberto “Beto” Perez during the 1990s.
Zumba routines incorporate interval training — alternating fast and slow rhythms — and resistance training. Grooving to the beats of salsa, flamenco, and merengue music feels more like a dance party than a workout, which is precisely what makes Zumba so popular. The Latin-inspired dance workout is one of the most popular group exercise classes in the world.
There are nine types of Zumba classes, for different levels of age and exertion.
- Zumba Gold is a program designed for beginners and older people.
- Zumba Step is a lower-body workout that incorporates Zumba routines and step aerobics with Latin dance rhythms.
- Zumba Toning is for people who do their workouts with toning sticks. It targets the abs, thighs, arms and other muscles throughout the body. This type of Zumba class provides participants with a cardio workout and strength training.
- Aqua Zumba classes are held in a swimming pool. The instructor leads the class poolside while participants follow in shallow water. Moves have been specially adapted to combine the same dance movements used in a Zumba fitness class with those used in aqua fitness classes.
- Zumba in the Circuit combines dance with circuit training. These classes usually last 30 minutes and feature strength exercises on various stations in timed intervals.
- Zumba Kids and Zumba Kids Jr. classes are designed for children between the ages of 7 and 11.
- Zumba Gold-Toning is a toning class for older participants with goals of improving muscle strength, posture, mobility, and coordination.
- Zumba Sentao is a chair workout that focuses on using body weight to strengthen and tone the body.
- Strong by Zumba was launched in 2016. This specialty combines high-intensity interval training with synced music motivation.
Details on the Classes
Zumba classes are typically 60 minutes and burn around 370 calories.
Zumba is an interval workout. The classes move between high- and low-intensity dance moves designed to get your heart rate up and boost cardio endurance. The classes target your core, legs, and glutes. Specialized Zumba classes like Zumba Toning use weights to help strengthen and tone the arms.
Zumba’s dance moves are designed to enhance flexibility, and the high-end low-intensity intervals make it an excellent cardio workout. Traditional Zumba workouts emphasize strengthening the core, while Zumba Toning and Zumba Step workouts incorporate weights to build muscles in the arms, legs and glutes.
Zumba classes are typically offered through a fitness center, or you can purchase Zumba DVDs for a workout at home. It's one of the most fun and versatile fitness classes I’ve joined. I love that the classes can be geared for just about any fitness level.
If you just love to move your body to the music, then Zumba is for you.
As always, talk to your health care provider before joining a class if you have been inactive, have any medical issues, or take any medicines, just to make sure Zumba is right for you.