Zumba is a joyful way to stay fit. It is a popular body cardio dance workout, started with a bang in the 1990s. It combines Latin and international music with dance moves. These routines incorporate interval training — alternating fast and slow rhythms — to help improve cardiovascular fitness. The high-energy classes are set to upbeat music and feature choreographed dance numbers that you might see in a nightclub. You don’t need to be a great dancer.
Proponents of this program claim that it is safe for all ages, means that anyone from age 0 to 100 can participate in this form of aerobic exercise.
Working up a sweat in the 60-minute classes burns an average of 369 calories – more than cardio kickboxing or step aerobics. This can reduce health risks, help maintain a healthy weight, strengthen your heart, and boost your mood. If you enjoy Zumba, you’re also more likely to do it regularly and experience its benefits as an aerobic exercise. It’s a great cardio workout that melts fat, strengthens your core, and improves flexibility.
Core: Many of the dance steps used in the routines emphasize the hips and midsection to help strengthen the core.
Arms: Traditional Zumba classes do not target the arms. Specialized classes like Zumba Toning use weights to help strengthen and tone the arms.
Legs: The jumps and lunges that are parts of the choreographed movements help work the quads and hamstrings.
Glutes: You’ll feel the burn in your buns while you move to the beat.
Benefits of Zumba:
- It’s fun to do
- Weight loss
- Tones your entire body
- Boosts your heart health
- Helps you to de-stress
- Improves coordination
- Makes you happy
Types of Zumba workout:
Gold: It is designed for beginners and older people.
Zumba Step: It is a lower-body workout that incorporates Zumba routines and step aerobics with Latin dance rhythms.
Toning: This is for people who do their workouts with toning sticks. It targets the abs, thighs, arms, and other muscles throughout the body. This type of class provides participants with a cardio workout and strength training.
Aqua: These classes are conducted in a swimming pool and the instructor leads the class poolside participants to follow in shallow water.
Zumba in the Circuit: This combines dance with circuit training. It usually lasts 30 minutes and feature strength exercises on various stations in timed intervals.
Zumba Kids: This is for the kids.
Gold-Toning: This is a toning class for older participants with goals of improving muscle strength, posture, mobility, and coordination.
Sentao: This is a chair workout that focuses on using body weight to strengthen and tone the body
Strong by Zumba: This specialty combines high-intensity interval training with Synced Music Motivation.
Zumbini: This is for kids between the ages of 0–3 years old and their caregivers.
A Plate by Zumba: It is an e-learning program to learn about healthy eating habits.