Zooming in on Zumba

zumba-300x216Over the summer we provided a brief introductory article about the dance-based fitness classes called Zumba. Here is a bit more detail:

Zumba has been around since the mid nineties, but it really seems to be taking off more recently. I don’t know about you, but I see Zumba signs all over my neighborhood. The Zumba motto is “Ditch the workout, join the party.” The Zumba web site goes on to say, “Zumba fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a one-of-a-kind fitness program that will blow you away.”

While Zumba is dance based, it also incorporates fitness interval training and resistance training to promote fat burning and total body toning. It provides a great cardiovascular workout, and can burn up to 450 calories per hour.

You can also do a Zumba workout in your own home. There are several Zumba DVDs on the market that teach the moves and put them together into intense yet fun workout routines. Learning Zumba on your own does not give the party atmosphere that’s present in classes, but it’s a good choice for those who are shy about dancing (or learning to dance) in front of others. A great introductory package can be found at the Zumba site. It’s called the Total Body Transformation System.

If traditional workout routines bore you, maybe you should give Zumba a try. Its moves are easy to master, even if you’ve never danced before. And it provides a workout that rivals most machines at the gym. So instead of slaving away on the treadmill or stationary bike, try dancing those unwanted pounds away! Here is a great video showing a Zumba class in action.

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