article by Julia on February 11, 2011
What is Zumba?
Zumba is an aerobic workout where you dance to Latin inspired or international music; there was even a bit of Country and Western in the class I went to this week. Zumba has been shaking booties into shape since its inception in 2001. Fast beats, slow rhythms and easy to learn dance steps that have you moving in ways you never thought you could. Even if you have 2 left feet like I have, you will moving and grooving straight away, and it feels really good!
How does it work?
The intense dances followed by short rest while you prepare for the next routine means you are interval cardio training. Burning fat and calories and toning up muscles. But you will never know it; you will just be having a great time. We were cheering and clapping after each dance, talk about a party! If you are the kind of person who likes aerobic classes where you grapevine, a- step and do spotty dogs you will adore this class!
At the end of the day, although it feels like you are having the time of your life, this is an exercise routine that has been approved by the Aerobic and Fitness Association of America. It is program precision and exercise all wrapped up in a fun box with a big bow on the top.
Who is it for?
Anyone and everyone should have a go at Zumba. The class I went to has a mixture of ages, sizes and abilities. And we were all having a party!
What do I need to take to class?
Take along a large bottle of water, wear trainers, loose tracksuit bottoms and a vest top. You will also require a towel to mop up all that sweat and a sweatshirt to keep you warm when you have finished. Forget the floor mat as all the dances are on two feet.
Am I going to keep up the Zumba classes?
I want to go every day! I will certainly keep this up, I exercise 5 days a week and I’m going to fit in Zumba at least once a week and drop a boring workout class. Watch out Beyoncé, here I come!
P.S I would love to get a DVD of Zumba to do at home as well so if anyone has a good one they'd recommend please give me a shout!