Zumba fitness has quickly grown to one of the most popular group exercise classes on the planet. In fact, the Latin-dance inspired workout is reportedly performed by more than 12 million people at 110,000 sites, in 125 countries around the world. “Ditch the Workout – Join the Party!” That’s the marketing slogan for Zumba fitness, which attracts exercisers with a fun fusion of dance moves from styles like Salsa, Merengue, Reggaeton and Flamenco, and fun dance party choreography.
Historically, aerobic dance was always like paint by the numbers. I think sometimes people get frustrated if dance steps get too intricate and complicated. But Zumba fitness leaves more room for interpretation. And it’s non-judgmental. You don’t have to move exactly like the instructor. Just have fun trying.
Now, while Zumba fitness may be fun, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not an effective workout. Zumba fitness may feel like a party, but this research suggests that it’s also a highly effective workout. “It’s a total-body exercise—a good, high-energy aerobic workout,” explains Dr. Porcari. “Zumba fitness is also good for core strengthening and flexibility gains because there are lots of hip and midsection movements.” With subjects burning an average of 369 calories per class, Zumba fitness is a great choice for anyone looking to drop a few pounds or maintain their current weight, while having a blast!
Zumba classes are typically about an hour long and are taught by instructors licensed by Zumba Fitness. In one Zumba class, a person may burn up to 600 calories, depending on the energy put forth. The music comes from the following dance styles: cumbia, salsa, merengue, mambo, flamenco, chachacha, reggaeton, soca, samba, hip hop, and tango.
Zumba Gold is the crowd-favorite, renowned Zumba fitness workout geared for the elderly or beginners. In Zumba Gold, the moves are performed slower and at a lower intensity, making this type of Zumba class particularly suitable for seniors, newbies, and anyone requiring a modified exercise routine. We encourage anyone who has never taken Zumba before to begin with this class.