If you want to work up a serious sweat, shed some pounds, and have fun while doing it—ditch the treadmill and shake that moneymaker. That’s right—dance your way to fitness.
If that sounds too good to be true, you clearly haven’t tried a Zumba® class yet. Zumba is the exercise class turned dance party that’s as addictive (and effective) as it is fun. The Latin-inspired cardio-dance class blends upbeat world rhythms with easy-to-follow choreography for a total-body workout that feels more like a party. Although Zumba’s roots are in Latin American music and moves, you can expect to see everything from jazz to African beats, country, hip hop, and pop.
But I can’t dance, you say. Nonsense! You don’t have to be a good dancer to enjoy Zumba—you just have to be ready for a fun workout. Zumba is for everyone. People of all ages, shapes, sizes, and skill levels attend class. If you like fun music and you enjoy shaking your booty (and who doesn’t?), then Zumba is for you. Men, that means you, too!
What to Expect from a Zumba Class
Most Zumba classes are an hour long. They begin with a dynamic warm-up and end with a cool down and some static stretching. The workout portion is broken down by song, each with a different dance routine. Common moves in class are mambas, V-steps with exaggerated hips, cha-cha-chas and side touches.
Expect to learn as you go—and even flub a few steps in the beginning. You’ll learn through repetition and example and it doesn’t matter if you “get it” the first time. The whole idea is to have fun and keep moving. If you’re like the nearly six million Zumba followers on Facebook, you’ll be hooked.
Zumba is one of the highest energy workouts out there—and perhaps the most fun. In fact, during Zumba class, it doesn’t even feel like you’re working out at all because you’re so caught up in the music and the moves. Before you know it, a whole hour has passed and you’re dripping with sweat and have a huge smile on your face.
Zoom Your Way to Zumba
Ready to try it? All you need is a positive attitude and a sense of fun. Come dressed in comfortable clothing that is breathable and easy to move in. Wear shoes that support dance movement—think side-to-side movements and pivots. Examples of appropriate shoes include cross trainers, dance sneakers, or even running shoes with a worn out tread. Bring a water bottle and a towel and come ready to sweat!
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Join us on Mondays 8:10 a.m. and Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m.
All it takes is one class and you’ll be hooked!