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What Is Zumba?
Zumba is a Latin-inspired dance fitness program that incorporates interval training as well as resistance training.
Founded in the mid-90s by Colombian dance and choreographer Alberto “Beto” Perez, Zumba has become one of the most popular exercise programs in existence today, with millions upon millions of people taking Zumba classes every week in 180 countries.
Zumba is a high energy workout, usually about an hour long, and classes are taught by instructors licensed by Zumba Fitness, LLC.
The music is inspired by the following dance styles: cumbia, salsa, merengue, mambo, flamenco, chachacha, reggaeton, soca, samba, hip hop, axé, and tango.
Zumba is so much fun that people love to describe it as exercise in disguise!
Types of Zumba Classes
There are a variety of different classes available so that anyone of any fitness level can do Zumba. Some Zumba classes are designed specifically for beginners, the elderly, and anyone who needs a low impact workout routine. Other Zumba classes are designed for more advanced individuals with higher fitness levels and those who want more high intensity interval training.
Below are the different Zumba classes currently offered:
Designed with all elements of fitness in mind, each Zumba class offers a complete workout that helps you improve your cardio, muscle conditioning, balance, flexibility, and energy level.
- Zumba® Step
Zumba Step incorporates the toning and strengthening power that Step aerobics offers with increased cardio and calorie burning moves that define and sculpt your core and legs.
- Zumba® Toning
Zumba Toning Sticks (or light weights) are added for additional resistance training while toning specific areas of your body.
- Aqua Zumba®
If you are loking for a high energy yet low impact workout, Aqua Zumba helps reduce the stress on your joints while utilizing the natural resistance of moving against water to help tone your muscles.
- Zumba Sentao™
Zumba Sentao partners you up with a chair to combine strength and resistance training with innovative dance moves to help you challenge yourself without lifting weights.
- Zumba® Gold
With easy-to-follow choreography that helps you focus on balance, range of motion, and coordination, Zumba Gold is great for those looking for a modified low intensity Zumba class.
- Zumba® Gold-Toning
This low to moderate intensity strength training class is perfect for muscle conditioning and lightweight activity. It is tailored for active older adults.
- Zumba® Kids
Zumba Kids offers kid-friendly routines with games, activities, and cultural exploration elements. It is intended for kids ages 7-11.
- Zumba® Kids Jr.
Zumba Kids Jr. is perfect for kids 4-6 years old who want to play, dance, and have fun.
This program was developed for caregivers and their youngest children (ages 0-3) to have fun and bond in a happy and musical environment. Zumbini classes meet once a week for 45 minutes and are available in 6-12 week sessions.
- Zumba In the Circuit™
Zumba In the Circuit helps you boost your metabolism with circuit training.
- Plate by Zumba™
Licensed Plate by Zumba Coaches teach classes that cover a variety of healthy food and healthy eating subjects, such as how to read nutrition labels, how your digestive health works, what macronutrients are, and more.
Zumba Near Me
If you are interested in trying out Zumba, you can visit Zumba’s website to find a class near you!
If you can’t find a Zumba class near you or if you would rather try Zumba at home, you might want to check out the Zumba 101 Dance Fitness for Beginners Workout DVD, which features two 30-minute workouts with the creator of Zumba, Beto Perez.
There are also Zumba fitness games available for Xbox One, Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360, and PS3.