What Is Zumba?
Zumba is a Colombian dance fitness program developed by dancer and choreographer Alberto "Beto" Perez during the 1990s. Zumba integrates the characteristics of dance and aerobics by combining Latin music and dance moves which are easy-to-follow. Zumba workout comprises of interval training, alternating fast and slow rhythms and resistance training. The reason for popularity of zumba is due to its unique and fun way of working out. Zumba's choreography includes hip-hop, samba, salsa, soca, mambo, merengue, martial arts and also belly dance and Bollywood moves. Other than dance moves, squats and lunges are also included.
When doing zumba, if a specific movement or position causes you pain, then change the workout so as to avoid that particular position which is causing pain. Always remember that correct technique is important, especially when you are training with resistance. So when doing zumba, always focus on the right technique and method instead of just dancing blindly.
About Zumba Training
A single session of zumba usually lasts about an hour and is taught by licensed instructors by an organization known as Zumba Academy. This academy offers a Zumba Instructor Training course for people who are interested in zumba training.
The exercises are done with music and involve fast and slow rhythms along with resistance training.The following dance varieties make up the zumba music: Cumbia, salsa, merengue, flamenco, mambo, reggaeton, chachacha, samba, soca, belly dancing, hip hop music, bhangra, tango and axé music.
Different Types Of Zumba Classes:
The zumba workout has eight different types of classes for different levels of exertion and age.
These eight different types of zumba classes are: Zumba, Zumba Gold, Zumba Toning, Aqua Zumba, Zumbatomic, Zumba in the circuit, Zumba Gold-Toning and Zumba Sentao.
Zumba Gold: It is for older people and is specially designed according to the requirements of the elderly. Zumba Gold has the same type of zumba music as the zumba fitness party class.
Zumba Toning: It is for those individuals who use toning sticks with their workouts. Zumba Toning targets the abs, arms, thighs and other muscles of the body.
Aqua Zumba: As the name itself suggests, zumba done in a swimming pool.
Zumba In The Circuit:Is where the zumba dance workout is done with circuit training.
As there are various options available in zumba, it is considered to be safe for all ages. Some of the zumba classes are specially designed for the elderly people in order to help them with strength building and improving their motion and posture along with socializing with other people of their own age.
Care should be taken to wear appropriate clothing which is comfortable when doing zumba. Zumba clothes should be comfortable and made of absorbent material. You can wear anything in which you feel comfortable to dance and workout. You can also use other types of fitness clothes such as sweat pants, shorts, t-shirts, tank tops; anything which is comfortable for you and allows you free movements. Also take care to wear the right footwear. You can opt for studio or dance shoes also.
Is Zumba Good For Weight Loss?
Yes, zumba helps in losing weight. If you take a healthy balanced diet along with doing zumba fitness, then it definitely helps in weight loss and what's more you have a lot of fun along the way too!