Are You Ready to
If you’re looking for a
workout program that will keep you moving, burn calories,
and energize you that is lots of fun too it’s time to consider
Zumba. This is one of the hottest (if not the hottest) fitness
exercise to hit the market in years. If you join a Zumba class
be prepared for a fast paced, easy to follow, energetic
exercise routine that will keep you coming back for more.
Zumba’s History: A
Zumba was developed by Alberto ‘Beto’
Perez, a native of Colombia in the 1990’s. Beto brought this
revolutionary dance and fitness training to the United
States in 1999. In 2001, he was approached by two entrepreneurs
who urged him to market this amazing, fun, and easy to do
exercise both nationally and internationally. Zumba was
trademarked that same year and the rest is as they say,
Zumba combines Latin rhythms of cumbia,
salsa, and merengue music with aerobic fitness and dance moves
that are easy to follow (and fun to do.) There are fast and
slow rhythms as well as easy to more challenging moves. In fact
Zumba has grown so much since its official conception in 2001
that there are now several classes available, each
focusing on needs of different groups of individuals including
seniors and children.
Zumba for All: Types of
The classes now available are as
Basic Zumba Level 2
Each of these groupings of Zumba offer a
little bit more or less, fulfilling different needs of various
group participants. Let’s explore a few of the levels now.
Basic Zumba is perfect for your first try
(or few) at the program. It offers basic, easy to follow moves,
coupled with flavorful music with an international, Latino
flair. Level 2 ups the ante just a bit with a few more rhythms
added to the mix.
Zumba Gold is specifically geared for the
active, older adult population or those adults who are truly,
‘out of shape.’
Zumba Toning blends classic Zumba moves
and music with body sculpting. This class utilizes Zumba
Toning Sticks for more weight resistant exercises designed to
shape, firm, and tone specific areas of the body.
Zumbatomic is a class designed
specifically to engage and meet the fitness needs of children
who are between four and twelve years of age. Children’s nature
love to wiggle, dance, and move around are nurtured, engaged
all while they develop a love of exercising and get
Finally Aqua Zumba also called a ‘pool
party’ is great for all ages and utilizes traditional aquatic
workout moves with Zumba moves and music.
Zumba Goes Global with
As you can see Zumba isn’t just one type
of workout for one type of exerciser. The goal of Zumba is to
develop a love of working out in all people regardless of their
current level of fitness. In fact in 2007, Zumba officially
launched its international marketing campaign teaming with
Kellogg to bring Zumba not just to the Hispanic community but
to more international communities all over the world as well.
In fact many international boxes of Special K have Zumba
pictures and information on them. And as of July 2009, Zumba
was taught in more than 50,000 locations and in 75 countries!
Wow, it’s really caught on and for good
Zumba keeps exercising challenging, fun,
and fresh. If you are easily bored with your regular, same ole,
same ole gym routines give Zumba a try. You’re sure to be
hooked on this energetic, hip, and fun exercise phenomenon.
If you’re ready to get started make sure
you take classes from an instructor who’s been certified by the
Zumba Academy and is therefore properly trained and educated in
the art of Zumba. Go to http://search.zumba.com/classes/ for a
list of classes and instructors in your local area.
If you first want to give it a try in the
privacy of your home get a video and dance the calories away in
front of your TV.
What to Wear
Before going to your first Zumba class be
sure you have the proper footwear, this is the most important
piece of ‘equipment' to have for a class. Choose a sneaker that
offers good support, like a cross trainer, and allows for side
to side movements and turns with minimal
will help you engage in proper form and minimize chance
If you love music, to dance, and get
motivated by zesty and flavorful Latin sounds consider Zumba as
the perfect exercise for you!