Currently a trend in the fitness community, Zumba is a Colombian dance personal training program brought to us in the 1990s by dancer and choreographer Alberto “Berto” Perez. The current popularity of Zumba has become explosive maybe because of the explosive dance and aerobic workout elements supported by hip and upbeat dance music.
Zumba classes are known to be fun; thus, the countless sign ups and offered classes in gyms or fitness centers. Zumbauk.co.uk describes it as “hypnotic musical rhythms and tantalizing moves to create a dynamic workout system designed to be fun and easy to do!” The same website states that “As of July 2009, Zumba is taught at over 40,000 locations, in 75 countries, has sold millions of DVD’s and has an astonishing 5 million students practicing Zumba on a weekly basis.“
But how effective is Zumba when it comes to weight loss or muscle gain? Acefitness.org conducted a study and states that “researchers found that participating in a single Zumba fitness class burned an average of 369 calories or about 9.5 kcal per minute.” The interval between high intensity and low intensity workouts make it a bit similar to jogging yet it burns more calories (and I bet more fun) than jogging. It is also mentioned that Zumba burns more calories than cardio kickboxing, step aerobics, hooping, and power yoga. This high energy personal training workout is also said to be good for core strengthening and flexibility improvement. Not to mention hands and feet coordination because it involves dance.
With so much fitness benefits, why not try signing up for a Zumba class? How about signing up with your friends? Just make sure to consult a personal trainer if you have health issues and want to be part of such an intense yet fun dance workout program.