Zumba is the world’s latest craze and it’s no wonder Australia has been quick to embrace this fantastic new fitness trend. Zumba is a Latin dance fitness experience suitable for anyone. As an instructor, people always have questions and concerns regarding training. I say workout, but it’s often referred to as a ‘party,’ which means it’s such a fun and easy hour that you won’t even know you’re exercising. Exercise no longer has to be boring and with Zumba it is no longer. The music is motivating, the movements are motivating, the classroom environment is motivating. In this article you will find essential key points to help you with your Zumba experience.
Zumba is a great way to exercise. It has often been called the ‘exercise in disguise’ because it is just that. People who attend Zumba classes always say that it feels like they are not exercising, and that is the idea behind Zumba. Take all your favorite Latin rhythms – merengue, bachata, cumbia, salsa, reggaeton, mambo, cha cha, and other styles like belly dancing and flamenco – and simplify these moves to make it an easy workout to follow. Zumba classes include everything you need, from a workout, lower body, upper body and without even getting on the floor to do sit-ups, your abdominal region!
An hour-long ZUMBA class allows you to burn up to 1,000 calories per session on average, which is great when you think about the other exercise regimens you would have to go through to burn the equivalent amount of calories. Zumba is ideal for losing weight in both women and men.
Zumba improves coordination. And the test is right in front of you after attending 2 or 3 classes. For those of you who are Zumba regulars, do you remember the first class you did? And how was it a bit difficult? And now if you think about how easy the movements have become and how you can learn them more quickly. The proof is there, the more Zumba you do, the better you will become, therefore the better coordinated you will feel.
Zumba is ideal for your general health and fitness. In an average Zumba class, you’ll sweat, but you shouldn’t be out of breath all the time. There will be times during some of the workouts where your heart rate rises and the workout is harder, but then there are the songs with the workouts that allow you to get back to normal and thus make the workout look easy. A lady on the radio the other day from here in Adelaide weighed 120 kg, and from doing Zumba 2 or 3 times a week, she dropped to 80 kg! Zumba is an exercise that works.
Zumba is a self-paced exercise that everyone should know about. This means that you do the part of the training that you can do and for those parts that are too challenging, you can take it to your own level or just march on the spot. As long as you keep moving during class, you are doing something good for your body.
The easiest way to get to know Zumba is by taking a class. Classes are informal and there is no pressure to make moves right away. As an instructor, I tell people that the first class is the hardest, it’s new, and it probably doesn’t look like anything you’ve done before, so you have the right to make mistakes. People often come to me and tell me that it is not coordinated. I watch these people during class and it seems like they are not uncoordinated at all!
The movements are repetitive, so you give everyone time to pick up the movements, then later in the routine the movements are repeated again so you have a chance to refine them. After the first class, you will find that the movements become easier, your fitness levels are better, and your coordination will improve. What better way to spend an hour of your day?