Zumba is a Latin inspired dance- style fitness workout that started in 2001. The story behind the style is that the creator, Beto Perez, went to teach an aerobics class in Miami and forgot to bring his music so he taught the class using his own personal playlist of Latin music. The Zumba style of fitness was born.
Zumba is now taught in over 150 countries in all types of fitness facilities from YMCAs to Karate studios and Gold’s gyms.
Zumba is a fun, effective workout that does not require prior dance experience. The instructor dances in front of the class, changing the routine to each song. The moves are repeated and the students follow along. There is no stopping the music and counting out the steps before each song. The music moves along at a fast pace and the students do the best they can to pick up the steps and join in. The music is Latin based with a quick beat.
The moves consist of hip shaking and shimmying with hints of hip hop thrown in. One cannot be shy or inhibited while doing Zumba. Naturally the instructors make each move look easy while the rest of the class fumbles about, stiff legged and off beat. The reason Zumba is so fun is because there is no pressure to get it right. The main focus is on fun. The instructors encourage you to move your body, swing your hips and enjoy the music. Everyone looks a bit silly so you will not be noticed. Rarely is the class on the same beat or even lifting the same arm.
One thing to be careful of while doing Zumba is the amount of pivoting on one foot. If you have bad knees, be sure to wear shoes that will slide on the floor or take off your sneakers and dance in your socks.
The students workout in everything from form fitting yoga gear to loose t-shirts and cargo pants. You do not need any special equipment just plenty of water to rehydrate and a towel to wipe the sweat from your brow.
Zumba classes are offered in many locations. Cottage Lake Family Karate offers Zumba classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9am and 8pm as well as on Saturdays at 8:15am. They have a great deal for beginners where you can purchase 3 classes for only $12. There is no time frame for completing the classes and no expiration date. The martial arts studio is an ideal location for doing Zumba because you dance on the tatami mats which offer support and give for your knees when you bounce and pivot doing the moves.
If you are looking for a fun and different way to get in a good work out, you should give Zumba a try.