Zumba Fitness«...What to Expect in Class
Written for you
by Debbie Lim
What is Zumba
Zumba is a fitness class that combines dance and fitness
Inspired by Latin dance and music, Zumba uses a variety
of styles in its routines, including Cumbia, Merengue,
Salsa, Reggaeton, Mambo, Rumba, Flamenco, and a Hip Hop.
Music selections include both fast and slow rhythms to
help tone and sculpt the body. You
could burn between 600 to 1000 calories PER class, BUT
it all depends on how you exert yourself...
What do I wear to
You can wear any type of fitness clothes
to sweat pants, shorts, tank tops, t-shirts; anything
comfortable and cool. As for shoes, wear studio or dance shoes - anything that will give you support.
Some cross-trainers are not suitable. When you go
shopping for shoes, please let the sales person know
that you are in a fitness class that does a lot of
dancing moves. Please do not wear running shoes to
class! You have a great chance of injury if you do!
What type of shoes do I wear to
Please do not
wear running shoes to class, because you
will risk injury. Any type of shoes that are
used for Dance, Studio, or Cheerleading will
work for your Zumba classes. Some
Cross-Trainers will do, just as long as
there are not any deep treads on the sole.
Just keep this in mind, "If it looks like
tire treads on the sole, do not get them".
You will be depending on the balls of the
feet for movement, pivot of the feet, and
smooth transaction of "side-to-side" steps.
What can I expect
when I come to Zumba?
Zumba classes are not like your normal,
everyday aerobic class. There will hardly be any
verbal cueing (but I will continue to use verbal cueing
as needed and I will always use hand cueing) and Zumba uses "tracked music" and not
continuous music. The
instructor will lead the class in easy, simple
movements with a combination of dance and fitness moves.
Usually visual and hand cues are given. The music
is fun and invigorating and is mostly Latin. As mentioned above, different Latin dance styles will be
used, as well as fitness moves, such as bicep curls,
lunges, and other body- toning moves. There will be a lot
of hip and booty shaking too! Safety is our Number
One concern too... If you have any low back or knee
problems (or any medical problems), keep your moves
basic and ask your Instructor for an alternative way to
do the move.
The structure of the class starts with a warm-up and
proceeds to intervals of faster and slower tempos
throughout the duration of the class (AKA Interval
Training), ending with a cool-down and stretch. Most
of the Zumba classes are cardio workouts...some Instructors may add Hand Weights, a Step routine, or add
another form of exercise to Zumba. Just make sure
to bring a bottle of water, because you will sweat!
What if I'm not
coordinated and I can't dance!
Be patient and don't get frustrated!
Zumba uses a lot of repetition steps in every class.
After a few classes you will know the basic steps.
Remember... this is how
Beto, the Creator of Zumba puts it....Feel
the Music! Most of all, just have fun! Even if
you can't do a step, just move to however the music
makes you feel! There is no wrong or right way to
What if I'm out of shape and I can't keep
Know your own body! Most people
know their limits. If not, see your doctor before
attempting any type of exercise. Work out at their own
pace until you are comfortable with the
routine/exercise. This is what we say in all of
Fitness Motivators clients..."From Day #1 to the
middle of the session or by Day #8, you will see
improvement...you will see that you do not stop as much... and your stamina would have improved greatly!
Just hang in there, because you already took your first
step toward a healthier, better lifestyle - you started
out with a fun, rewarding class. Be proud of
What kind of people are in your Zumba
People of all fitness abilities, ages,
sizes and nationalities take Zumba classes.
How will Zumba benefit me?
It depends on how your exert yourself!
Physically, you will burn between 300-1000 calories in
one-hour! You will build cardio strength and tone
muscles. Mentally, you will relieve stress, stimulate
your brain by learning coordination and new steps, plus
it makes you smile and sweat at the same time!
You'll find that after one class, you can't wait to come
back again! You will be a Zumba Addict!
Can I take more than one class a week?
Yes! Zumba is a GREAT cardio workout!
You should do a cardio workout at least 5 times per
week. It doesn't necessary have to be Zumba...
walking, bike riding, treadmill, or any type of cardio
workout will benefit you... however, Zumba is the choice
for most people, because it is fun and makes working out
Can I just try one class to see if I like
encourage you to try out their class! Make sure to
ask the Instructor if you could try the class out.
One last thing to
remember when searching for a Zumba Class...
Make sure the Zumba
class that you are interested in is a LEGIT CLASS!
There are many "Zumba" classes being offered that are
not taught by authorized Zumba Instructors! Please
remember: If a company is offering Zumba classes, the
individual Instructor MUST be authorized to teach the
Zumba class and NOT the company. There is no such
thing as a company "being authorized to teach it" It
must be the Instructor. Also, in the name
description of the class, It cannot have "Zumba"
described anywhere in it if the class does NOT have an
authorized Zumba Instructor teaching the class. Zumba«
and Zumba Fitness«
are legal registered trademarks of Zumba LLC.
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