Zumba is a fitness program that combines Latin and international music with dance moves. Zumba routines incorporate interval training alternating fast and slow rhythms and resistance training.
Zumba sessions combine Latin music with popular Latin dances such as salsa, mambo, merengue, and samba
Zumba dancers move fast and have fun while getting exercise and burning calories. Using upbeat Latin music together with cardiovascular exercise, Zumba is aerobic dancing that is lots of fun and easy to learn.
What’s a zumba class like
A typical Zumba session lasts about an hour and incorporates several dance styles, including cumbia, merengue, salsa, reggaeton, mambo, rumba, flamenco, and calypso and Salsaton.
The Latin music includes both fast and slow rhythms, allowing for a great cardio workout as well as body sculpting exercises. Depending on the instructor, you may even get a taste of belly dancing or hip-hop dancing, too.
Zumba continues to develop different classes that will benefit different age groups and abilities. Here are some of the variations:
Zumba Gold: Geared toward active older adults, it has easy-to-follow choreography that beginners of any age may also appreciate. It focuses on balance, range of motion, and coordination at a lower intensity. A Gold-Toning class also includes strength training exercises.
Zumba Kids, Zumba Kids Jr., and Zumbini: The Jr. classes are for kids age 4 to 6 years old and the Kids classes for ages 7 to 11. They use kid-friendly steps and routines. Zumbini is for ages 0 to three and their caregivers.
Strong by Zumba: Uses body weight exercises for a total body workout in sync with the music.
Zumba Step: Incorporates step aerobics as well as the Zumba dancing moves.
Zumba Toning: Light weights or Zumba toning sticks, which are shaped like maracas, are used for muscle toning during the dance moves.
Aqua Zumba: Uses water resistance in a pool for a lower-impact Zumba dance pool party.
Zumba Sentao: A high-intensity variation using a chair as your dance partner without having to lift weights.