What is a typical Zumba class like?
Zumba is a fitness class based on the principle of interval training - alternating high intensity and lower intensity exercise which works for both beginners and advanced exercisers. In Zumba, changes in intensity are driven by the different rhythms of the music and the steps - it's never boring! We start with a warm up, then move through a few routines which vary in intensity and style - merengue, salsa, reggaeton, cumbia, quebradita, bellydancing, rock'n'roll, hip hop, you name it! Zumba blends traditional dance steps with basic fitness moves so everyone can participate - it's very easy to follow. We finish with a cool down and stretch to bring the heart rate down and relax the muscles.
What are the benefits of a Zumba class?
Prepare to sweat! Zumba will get your heart pumping and increase your endurance - you'll have more energy and burn fat. The moves will work your core (abs, back and hips) to strengthen and define them. Besides the physical benefits, Zumba is a "feel good" workout, not a dreaded chore - the music is motivating and fun, you'll leave happy! It will remind you of the music you hear on vacation! It's a good mental break from our busy lives - time for yourself, which we all need! Obviously, results vary by individual and depend on diet and frequency of exercise, but you may be pleasantly surprised by the scale, and by how much more energy you have!
What if I can't get the steps right away?
Don't worry, you don't have to be a good dancer, fitness buff or have Latin genes to enjoy Zumba. The steps are very easy to follow and once you see the basic moves for each rhythm, which repeat often, you'll catch on. There is no complicated choreography to remember. The routines are designed so you can get a good workout even if it is your very first Zumba class. The most important thing is to just move, have fun and don't take it too seriously! I guarantee it gets easier with every class! Remember, Zumba Fitness was created so that anyone and everyone can do it!
I have a bad back/knees/ankles/elbow, vertigo, etc. Can I still Zumba?
Absolutely! Please let me know if you have an injury or condition that may cause some discomfort! The steps can be modified for your safety. You can enjoy the music, move at your own pace and take a break when you need one!