Dance classes as exercise is not a new phenomenon, with salsa, tango and even pole fitness keeping people fit and healthy (whilst still having fun) available at many health clubs and gyms. The newest class to take over as the exercise of choice is Zumba, a dance and aerobic exercise which brings in elements from a wide range of different Latin-inspired dance practices to make for a fast-paced and exciting experience that can be enjoyed with friends as not only a way to tone up, but also a wild night out with a difference!
What is Zumba?
The choreography of Zumba brings in samba, merengue, salsa and belly dance to create a toning cardiovascular workout which looks fantastic and creates an exciting party atmosphere to stop it all feeling so much like a workout, and more like training in a whole new sexy skill-set!
This video should give you an idea of what Zumba is and how much fun it can be.
Classes are run in large groups and to Latin-style music, with the emphasis being on moving to the music as opposed to moving in strict repetitions, and allowing your body to move in exotic and sensual ways whilst bringing in some of the most effective aerobic exercises (such as squats and lunges) to really target all of your muscle groups. During a Zumba class, participants will enjoy a high impact workout which works their entire body, without ever feeling any of the boredom or discomfort associated with regular aerobics classes. It will ache the next day – as all good workouts should – but you will never be forced into a move that hurts or you find truly difficult, and a little license is allowed for letting your own natural rhythm in.
Benefits of Zumba
Zumba will improve your posture and rhythm, whilst toning everything from abs to glutes, arms to thighs meaning after a few weeks of classes you will already be starting to see a noticeable difference in your body and general fitness. You can go as often as you like and there are plenty of different Zumba options to make sure you don’t find yourself stuck in a rut. There are high energy classes such as Zumba Circuits, where you will move between different exercise stations to the high energy salsa beat, and the lower impact Aqua Zumba, which is exactly what it sounds like – Zumba moves all performed to thrillingly exhilarating music, but in the pool to cushion your movements and protect your joints.
Zumba is also perfect for people of any age, with a high number of participants being older men and women. Most people go to experience this new dance craze, but come back because of the feeling of camaraderie they experience during the classes. It is not only a fantastic way to make friends, but also a wonderful experience to enjoy with your existing ones! Whether you are of a high level of fitness or barely move outside of your daily commute to work, you will find Zumba easy to get along with and an enjoyable experience.
Classes are available at most gyms now, or dedicated Zumba fitness centres are springing up all over the country, just do an Internet search to find your nearest one. Zumba is so popular now that it even has its own Xbox 360 Kinect game! So what are you waiting for? Rope in some friends and get started on your new favourite exercise activity!
This article was written by Caitlin a blogger for http://www.poledancingpoles.info who is a lover of all things dance and fitness. When she is not busy blogging she can usually be found practicing her latest Zumba moves or dancing on her X-pole Sport pole.