Time for a much needed post about my current Group Ex obsession, ZUMBA!
So, you walk into your local gym…peer in the studio, and see people from wall to wall dancing like maniacs to awesome music and sweating like there is some sort of an indoor shower on. This is a workout?!?!? You bet.
What exactly IS Zumba?
ZUMBA FITNESS®. MOVING THE WORLD TO A NEW BEAT.
Are you ready to party yourself into shape? That’s exactly what the Zumba® program is all about. It’s an exhilarating, effective, easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired, calorie-burning dance fitness-party™ that’s moving millions of people toward joy and health.
Who We Are
Zumba Fitness® is the only Latin-inspired dance-fitness program that blends red-hot international music, created by Grammy Award-winning producers, and contagious steps to form a “fitness-party” that is downright addictive.
Since its inception in 2001, Zumba Fitness has grown to become the world’s largest – and most successful – dance-fitness program with more than 10 million people of all shapes, sizes and ages taking weekly Zumba classes in over 90,000 locations across more than 110 countries.
I, like many other people, was very skeptical of this class. From personal experience of being an outright clutz….I was worried that my two left feet would leave me feeling overwhelmed, off beat, and embarrassed. That being said, you have to suck it up…and GO! Zumba, like any other workout class, can seem completely overwhelming and scary. Sure, you may not know the moves right away…but I can almost guarantee that you won’t be in it alone. I felt totally out of place and un-coordinated the first time I took a Zumba class. The next time was a little better, the next…slightly better…etc. Point is, the more you come back, the more you actually LEARN the moves.
There are songs now that I actually *know* and look forward to. That is a great feeling!
Aside from dancing like a fool and having a downright blast…I leave COVERED in sweat. This is a workout like no other. This uses the entire body. After your first class, let me know how those calves are feeling when you wake up. Mine felt like I had been walking on tip toes for 2 1/2 weeks. Oucccccccch (in a good way!)
So lets get right to the nitty gritty.
Lets start with my personal favorite. Not really sure WHY I am obsessed with this song, but I get downright gitty when I hear this one starting…
Check out these other fun songs!
(I’m a big fan of the “octopus arms” in that one)
You need to try this class. All instructors are different, with various styles and music choices. Our instructor, Holly, also choreographs alot of her own moves to current songs (of which we couldn’t upload, sorry guys!) but trust me when I say….you will feel like you are breaking it down…club style.
Now lets get to the best part…the calorie burn!
The “average” person can burn up to 500-800 calories in an hour of Zumba (!!) Sweet!
One other important aspect I want to talk about is shoe selection. The first couple of times I mistakingly wore my ultra stiff running shoes to Zumba. Now, while these shoes are great for running, they were not so good for all the lateral movements required for shaking my groove thing.
Straight from the Zumba site.…
What are the best shoes to wear in a Zumba class?
Zumba Fitness recommends that you wear “cross training” or “aerobic” style shoes. They provide the cushion and medial lateral support needed for side-to-side movements. They also have low traction rubber for easy sliding and turning. Please be careful with “running shoes” since they use a heavy tread on the bottom and are designed for forward movement.
So now it’s time to find a class, and shake your groove thing.
If you have questions, ask away! I will try my best to answer or find someone who can.