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Nowadays, people are more and more concerned about getting fit. Aside from the numerous diets that are sprouting out in the market, different fitness workouts are also gaining popularity. People who are more into physical activities rather than control in food consumption have a variety of fitness exercises to choose from. From dance to martial arts, there is surely one type of exercise that would surely fit one’s lifestyle.
Among the various fitness workouts that are gaining popularity nowadays is the Zumba. It is a dance-fitness program from Columbia created by a former aerobics instructor Alberto Perez during the mid-90s. After its success in Columbia, Perez brought the class in the Unites States in 1999. In 2001, entrepreneurs Alberto Aghion and Alberto Perlman encouraged Perez to create a global company founded on his philosophy on fitness.
In 2002, they were able to secure a contract with a huge infomercial company that launched the concept nationwide. It received an overwhelming response from the consumers that resulted in an increase in demand for Zumba instructors. This prompted them to create a training program for instructors to meet the application, which is the Zumba Instructor Network. The program has been very successful that by 2006, there were already thousands of instructors all over the world. By 2007, the Zumba program was launched internationally, allowing the fitness enthusiasts around the world to keep fit while still having fun.
So, what is Zumba, and how does it work? A typical session usually runs for one hour with exercises incorporating various dance styles such as salsa, mambo, samba, belly-dancing and hiphop, to name a few. With the use of Latin music that has both fast and slow rhythm, Zumba provides a great cardio workout, as well as body-sculpting exercises. There are six types of classes to choose from: ZumbaFitness, ZumbaGold, Zumbatomic, ZumbaToning, AquaZumba, and Zumba in the Circuit.
As compared to ZumbaFitness, ZumbaGold is modified to suit the needs of older participants. The moves and pacing of the exercise is changed so that seniors can keep up without losing the party-like atmosphere. Zumbatomic, on the other hand, is exclusively designed for kids aging from 4 to 12 years old, with especially-choreographed child-friendly routines combined with the music that kids love to dance to. For the hardcore participants, ZumbaToning is the class of choice. With the use of lightweight, maraca-like toning stick, this class combines body-sculpting exercises with high-energy cardio workout.
For those who want something different than the dance studio-based fitness program, there is AquaZumba, where the exercise formula is integrated with the traditional aqua fitness discipline and challenging but safe water-based workouts. And since not everyone have an hour to spare for exercise, Zumba in the Circuit is the best class for them. In just 30 minutes, your workout time is maximized with high-octane dance-fitness moves along with circuit training and series of strength exercise routines at timed intervals.
With the different fitness workouts available, why people choose Zumba? The answer is simple, it offers a lot of health benefits. With the constant movement of the various parts of the body, it gives a result of total body toning and burns a high amount of calories as well, with as much as 1,050 calories burned in just one hour. Since the class feels like a party with all the dancing and socializing, it encourages the students to keep coming back for another session. Another reason to choose the dance is that you can find a class anywhere. Since the program is not licensed, any gym can offer a class as long as there is a Zumba Instructor Network member to facilitate it. If you can’t find a class in your area, DVDs are available to keep you in your routine.
Now knowing the different types of classes and the benefits, how would you know if it is for you? Your experience with Zumba technically depends on the energy of your instructor. If one class does not feel right for you, you can always try a different teacher whose type of method may be more in jive with you. Instructors have different methods incorporated in their programs that makes their class more interesting than the other, but is still in lieu with the philosophy of the ZumbaFitness program. Since Zumba is popular for its simplicity, the instructors are encouraged to go without complex cueing and let their student move with the music. This allows the session to feel more like going to a party, but have the benefits of a fitness workout.
Zumba is not just a fitness philosophy; others also consider it as a stress-relieving therapy and a means for social camaraderie. Not only do you get the benefits of a healthy body, you are also able to socialize with people you get healthy with. So what are you waiting for? Pick up your dancing shoes and enroll to a class near you.
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