You walk into your gym or fitness center for a spinning class and hear great Latin music coming from the other room. You peek in and see men and women moving to the beat of a salsa and you think you may have stumbled into a dance lesson. However, you have probably just found your fitness center’s Zumba® class. Zumba® fitness or Zumba® dance has grown in popularity in the United States in the past eight years and has become one of the most requested fitness classes at gyms around the country. Zumba® benefits your overall health while you dance away the pounds to a spicy Latin beat.
South American fitness trainer, Alberto “Beto” Perez, created Zumba®. Perez was forced to use his personal music during a class one day when he forgot his normal music for the fitness class. He improvised a fitness class using the non-traditional aerobics music and found that his students loved the routines. From that day, Zumba® was created and became the most popular class at his fitness center. Zumba® was introduced in America in 1999 and is now a popular fitness class and fitness DVDs.
Simply put, Zumba® fitness offers advantages including:
**Upbeat, energizing caloric-burning workout (between 500 to 1,000 plus calories per class)
**The use of fun dance steps (salsa, cumbia, flamenco, meringue, mambo, rumba and hip-hop) combined with basic fitness moves are easy to learn and fun to do which keeps students coming back for more
**Alternating low and high intensity during the workout provides a complete workout
**Is suitable for both beginners and advanced students and is easily adapted to any age group
**Excellent cardiovascular and aerobic exercise
**If you cannot get to your local fitness center or there is not a class, you can work at home alone or grab some friends and workout with the Zumba® DVD Collection
** Zumba® includes resistance training to tone and sculpt the body while burning the fat
**Combined with a proper diet, Zumba® exercising can help you reach your target weight without feeling as if exercising is a chore
** Zumba® routines can be adjusted for students requiring a higher intensity level during their workouts
** Zumba® is perfect for interval training to burn more calories and increase endurance
Let’s face it, none of us enjoys the thought of working out but we do enjoy the benefits that come from a regular fitness program. Zumba® classes are fun and exhilarating with spicy Latin music and dance moves that create a workout you will be anticipating all day.