Whether you have joined the Zumba craze or have not yet jumped on the party train, it is safe to say that the Zumba Fitness train is dancing through your neighborhood.
What is Zumba?
Zumba is a workout phenomenon that has taken over, appearing on infomercials, in gyms, nightclubs, at fundraisers and dance studios around the world. It comes in all forms – Aqua Zumba, Zumbatomic for kids, Zumba Gold for Seniors and Zumba Toning too. But Zumba started with very humble beginnings. Alberto Perez, called Beto, the Colombian fitness instructor, in the mid-1990s, forgot to take his aerobics music to a class he was teaching. He improvised by using instead some salsa and merengue tapes in his backpack, to what would eventually become Zumba Fitness.
What are the benefits of Zumba?
Taking a Zumba class is like going to a party and having a great dancing experience. It is a great workout and you can burn between 500 and 1,000 calories in an hour class – WOW!!! The body transformation of person who takes Zumba classes regularly is incredible and the weight loss (both pounds and inches) is amazing due to the cardio, toning and strengthening exercises.
Zumba has many other benefits too! Soon you will make Zumba friends, saving spots and doing things outside of class together. Many people network socially or for business in their class, as it is a place to meet many new and different people. In a world where we are constantly connecting virtually with others, Zumba is all about the group experience.
I’ve never done Zumba before – what do I need to know about my first Zumba class?
There are very few requirements for Zumba. No gym or dance experience is needed. You just need to come with an open mind, be ready to have fun and be prepared to work hard and sweat! Best of all, the hour workout is like attending a private dance party while wearing comfortable clothing.
Not all instructors and classes are the same so please to do suffer first-timer-itis and give up after one try! Each instructor has a different style, music choice and feel. You may feel that you did not “get” that first class, but keep at it until you find the moves and music familiar (note that it usually takes 3 to 4 classes to start to be comfortable). Also, try different instructors until you find one who inspires you. Location and class size matter – find the right fit for you. A large class feels great to some but may be intimidating to others.
Top Tips for Zumba
- Warming up before class is very important and make sure your instructor warms you up too. Even while you get your space before class, you can start warming up with light cardio and stretching.
- Good sneakers help a lot.
- Stand in a spot where you have a good view of the instructor.
- Don’t be discouraged if you can’t follow every move during the first class.
- Drink a lot of water during the class to stay hydrated.
Visit Zumba.com to find a class near you!
This guest post was written by Roya Obedian, a Certified Zumba Instructor at Carolyn’s Dancenter (1163 Old Country Road, Plainview – (516) 822- 3262) and Attitudes In Motion (756 Old Bethpage Road, Old Bethpage – (516) 756- 5144). Come down and try it out – new students mentioning this post will receive one free class at either location.