Zumba is a dance fitness program created by Colombian dancer and choreographer Alberto “Beto” Perez during the 1990s, and is a fusion of strong latin beats, which even the most uncoordinated flat-foot can move in time with.
What is so special about Zumba?
Music is the key ingredient to Zumba classes, where the score, created with specific beats and tempo changes, transitions the workout from one toning, strengthening or cardio move to another, thus targeting every major muscle group in the body. During a Zumba class you can expect to hear beats from the following dance styles: Cumbia, Salsa, Merengue, Mambo, Flamenco, Chachacha, Reggaeton, Samba, Belly dancing, Bhangra, Hip hop music, Axé music and Tango. With these rhythms it is almost impossible to be out of time with the rest of the class – almost.
You’ll be so busy caught up with the Latin beat, dancing like Shakira, that you won’t notice and you won’t care that you are putting your body through an interval training session with fast and slow rhythms and resistance training, toning and sculpting your body whilst burning fat at a huge rate.
With the energy of the Latin beat, and the structured workout Zumba classes give you the ultimate non-workout exercise regime.
What are the benefits of Zumba over regular fitness classes?
All people recognise the importance of regular exercise and a lot of people do something about it like running, swimming or going to the gym. But it is fair to say that all but a few ‘strange’ people find their exercise regime mentally stimulating and that is the biggest reason for people giving up. Put simply, they get bored! Bored, bored, bored. With no mental stimulation the mind has nothing to focus on but the pain of exercise, and who enjoys that? …yes, those ‘strange’ people I mentioned earlier, but they are weird.
What normal people need is an exercise regime where they don’t notice they are in an exercise regime. By keeping the mind busy during exercise you distract the senses from the pain your body is experiencing, and the mind is kept very busy when learning and repeating choreographed moves as in a dance. That is why Zumba is the answer.
What are typical Zumba injuries?
Typical Zumba injuries happen below the waist: sprained ankles, popped knees and hips. The usual cause of such injury is the wearing of sports trainers that are wholly inappropriate for Zumba. Sports trainers are designed for running and not only do they have too much grip on a sports floor for Zumba but the foot is angled on an internal wedge, which is ideal for running but not for dance fitness like Zumba.
Wearing dance sneakers will improve the enjoyment of Zumba and will lessen the risks of such injuries. Take a look at our blog post What are the best shoes for Zumba?
What should I wear for Zumba?
Zumba is a high performance activity and it demands high performance clothing. Luckily the dancewear industry has spent $millions on researching and developing fabrics that stretch, breath and wick sweat away from the body far more efficiently than sports clothing bought from the high street and the best is available from the Dancemania website.
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