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Zumba... Have You Tried It Yet?

25th November 2014

Zumba... Have You Tried It Yet?
Although Zumba is one of the most popular dance styles at the moment, there are many people who have been miss-informed about what a Zumba class entails. An avid Zumba goer myself, I often try and encourage people to try it out- my first class was an absolute thrill, and nothing like I expected it to be.

Zumba has risen to fame in the dance world, combining an aerobic fitness programme, styles of Latin American dance and is performed to mostly Latin American dance music- but there are some chart stompers in the routines too!

When asking non goers why they haven't tried Zumba, the most often reaction from them is: 'I can't / don't want to dance.' Zumba shouldn't be categorised solely as a dance class. Yes, the songs usually feature small sequences of repetitive steps, but moreover Zumba is a cardio workout. There is a lot of jumping, spinning, skipping, punching and squatting amongst the simple dance steps, making it a truly unique dance style workout which can be described as a 'dance fitness party'.

Another thing to note about Zumba is the energy in the room. I haven't met a Zumba teacher who has lacked enthusiasm and the ability to make you feel great throughout the class. People come to Zumba not only for a fun workout, but to socialise, have a laugh and get fit all at the same time.

There are different types of Zumba to choose from apart from the regular classes. Zumba Gold is a tamer version of regular Zumba, and is mostly attended by those requiring a more gentle but still challenging workout. Other adaptations feature Aqua Zumba (in the water) Zumbatomic (for younger kids) and Zumba toning, which uses resistance techniques to firm you up.

My message to anyone sceptical about Zumba is to just give it a go... you never know until you try!

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This article was written by Charlotte from Dance Near You.