Zumba has been a growing program since the 1990s. Right now it’s in more than 75 countries and classes are taking place in over 50,000 locations.
What does a Zumba class look like?
Each class begins with a warm up dance and then it follows with 45 minutes of Zumba dancing. Zumba dances are a mixture of cumbia, salsa, merengue, mambo, flamenco, chachacha, reggaeton, soca, samba, belly dancing, bhangra, hip hop music, axé music and tango. The classes end with stretching and meditation techniques.
“I lost 150 pounds from Zumba!” said instructor Samantha Ward of northern Kentucky. “It’s a great energetic hobby that is out of the box and helps every Zumba member live a holistic lifestyle.”
One of the unique aspects of Zumba is the age verity of students. There are classes for children and even the elderly. The goal of Zumba is to integrate a fun and healthy spin on life no matter what the age is of the participant.
- Zumba Gold– This class targets the elderly community members. Those that are physically limited or aren’t use to working out on a daily basis, can try this exercise format.
- Zumbatonic– A class geared toward children. The moves are simplified and adapted to the age of the children participating.
“Zumba has impacted my health through the energetic offering that other exercise classes do not have,” said Zumba student Kandy Ohara.
Another Zumba student, Lori Fookes, said, “Zumba is a great way to relieve stress and it just makes me feel good about myself.”
Kristi Bishop, regular Zumba student, said, “I feel 100% better about myself when I Zumba!”
Have you ever tried to Zumba? If not, try it out and let me know how you feel it has impacted your health!