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Zumba is the new dance fitness class that is sweeping the world.
Zumba was created by Beto Perez from Columbia who one day forgot the music for his aerobics class. All he had was a selection of music CDs from his car. With that mixed bag of music the class he taught proved to be very popular, the rest is history.
What is Zumba? The Latest Dance-Fitness Craze
It was discovered that a lot of people were intimidated by the traditional method of teaching a fitness class. So in comparison all Zumba classes are taught with no or minimal verbal queuing & with no pressure from the instructor to perform the steps correctly.
The people in the class just follow the moves the instructor is doing but if they can’t or don’t want to do that move, all they have to do is to do their own thing, keep moving & to have fun fun fun!
Zumba is suitable for anyone over the age of 16 and is great for all levels of fitness and experience. But for people younger than that there is Zumbatomic. There is no dress code (Lycra is NOT mandatory!).
Just wear what you feel comfortable in but do bear in mind you will get very hot! The best shoes to wear are ones that will give your foot support (like an aerobic style shoe). It is best not to wear a shoe that has too much grip as this can cause pressure on your knees.
People are advised to bring a towel & a bottle of water along with them as you will get very hot! There is a break in between each track allowing everyone to get a quick drink of water before the party continues.
Is Zumba Fun?
Zumba is infectious with some people having to go to 4 or 5 classes per week because they enjoy the class SO much.
In an average hour long class, you will burn between 500 – 600 calories but can reach up to 800 if you pull all of the stops out.
(Images courtesy of maltazumba.com)