Running might be the easiest, most effective form of cardio, but it won’t help burn any calories if the monotony turns you off. If you need something more fun and seems more like a night out partying with your friends rather than a work-out, you’ll want to try Zumba. It has gained so much popularity that you can find a class at most gyms, so give it a try! Here’s what to expect at your first class.
What Is Zumba?
Zumba is a fusion of Latin and in-ternational music combined with a heart-pumping cardio workout. It was founded in the ‘90s by Alberto “Beto” Perez, a fitness instructor from Col-ombia, when he forgot his music and improvised a traditional aerobics class with Latin music and moves that he grew up dancing to. The exhilarating class has a party-like atmosphere with the focus on having fun. There are no wrong moves — as long as you’re moving and keeping your heart rate up, you’re doing it right!
Students should come to class with an open mind and be ready to sweat, move, and shake their booty! New stu-dents may want to arrive to class a few minutes early and let their instructor know they’re a newbie, so that he or she can provide any additional cues during the class.
Most new students tend to stand in the back, but it is recommended that you stand near the front or in a spot that has a good view of the instructor. It typically takes a student three classes to feel like they “get” movements and routines.
What to Wear
Come dressed in comfortable fit-ness attire that’s easy to move in and can handle sweat. Wear sneak-ers that support dance movement think side-to-side movements and pivots rather than simple front-to-back movement. Good shoes can include cross trainers, dance sneakers, or even running shoes with a worn-out tread. Students should also bring water and a towel.
How Often Should You Take Zumba?
It is recommended that you start out twice a week so your body and mind will begin to remember rou-tines, and you’ll build your strength and endurance.Students that get re-ally addicted may attend class from three to five times a week. However, like any fitness program, it is good to balance out cardio classes with strength training, stretching (yoga), and rest days.
Will Zumba Help You Lose Weight?
Because Zumba is an intense cardio workout, it can help a person lose weight as well as increase muscle tone. Typically an hour long class in-clude interval training and strength-ening movements (like squats and lunges) to maximize your calorie and fat burn, as well as to improve overall body tone. Also, proper diet and nutrition is an important part of any weight loss program — many Zumba teachers have said that ‘you can’t out-dance a bad diet!’”