The word Zumba comes from a Colombian word with particularly no meaning. To me it just means to dance, get fit, and have fun, and that’s exactly what I do!
I actually didn’t understand what to expect once I visited my first Zumba class,. With my dance background I figured it’d be similar to dance classes I’ve taken with maybe an exercise twist….well, was I in for a surprise!
This was maybe the most enjoyable and exercise I’ve ever had in an one hour course and I adore dance courses (well I would expect so seen as I’m a dance instructor) but a Zumba workout differs! It’s all the fun elements of a dancing class, moves, music, sing a long, ohh yes your encouraged to sing along!
But it also has all the advantages of a full on fitness class or gym session while working muscles from head to toe, and the best bit is, as you are having such a blast you do not even detect. It is not until the following day when you’re feeling a little ‘sensitive’ in muscles that are certain that you just realize how much of a workout you only had. To make sure you’re comfortable, you need the right dancing shoes. And you can find them at http://bestzumbashoes.org/.
I was literally, pardon the pun, dripping with perspiration….enticing I understand but who does not want to leave a class well and actually certain they have had a great work out. They are largely simple moves with some somewhat more difficult ones thrown in for good measure, which you can see gives a terrific sense of accomplishment to the course when mastered. We touch on Merengue, Reggaeton, Salsa, Cumbia, Hip Hop, and soooo many dance styles to identify but a few and we even do somewhat of Beyonce booty shaking which I totally appreciate. The Zumba music is infectious also; you then proceeding to chart toppers the next and will be dancing to some Zumba and Latin tunes one minute.
You can readily understand why I couldn’t wait to become a capable Zumba teacher myself and I couldn’t be happier the move was made by me.
The best way to actually experience this and get fit with this dance is to go and take a Zumba class. I found myself doing it 2 and 3 times per week as once is just not enough, trust me….its addictive. Every teacher has their own style its amazing…so each class will have an unique little twist.
We’d a Zumba Jam last weekend (a room high in Zumba teachers) and it was great to see how every teacher differed. It was also a terrific means for us teachers to take thoughts away and put them into our own class.
I’m very excited about 2016 and ZUMBA because I just know it is going to explode! You all need to ‘Ditch the workout and join the Party’ and get yourself into a Zumba class pronto……trust me you’ll thank me.