Class Spotlight: Zumba
In case you haven’t heard, Zumba is the dance-fitness phenomenon that has taken the world by storm in recent years. Described as “exercise in disguise,” Zumba delivers a fast-paced and fun cardio workout that leaves you feeling energized and rejuvenated after an hour of heart-pumping, calorie-burning dance moves.
Zumba typically consists of Latin style dancing, though instructors have freedom to incorporate hip-hop and other modern styles into their routines as well. Here at VIDA, you can expect a good mix of salsa, hip-hop and pop songs in our Zumba classes – so no matter what your musical preference is you’re guaranteed to find a track you love!
On their website, Zumba claims to combine all elements of fitness (cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility) into a one hour workout that leaves you with tons of energy and your endorphins sky-high. This could not be more true – as the first Zumba class I did left me sweaty, out of breath and exhausted in the best way possible afterwards.
The class is broken down into a dozen or so 3-4 minute songs, each with a different style and choreography. Your instructor will demonstrate the moves for each track, and you’ll jump in and follow along. Many Zumba beginners say they worry about not being able to catch on to the moves and falling behind the rest of the class, but within the first few minutes you’ll be surprised at how easy the movements are to catch on to and how much fun you’re having! There’s no pressure to do everything perfectly the first time, so no worries if it takes you a few tries to get all the steps right. This class is all about having fun and enjoying the movements, not stressing about missing a beat or two!
A great thing about Zumba is that each track is different, so even if one is trickier than others, you’ll be moving on to new style in no more than a few minutes. It’s a great way to sample tons of different dancing styles at once – all while getting an awesome cardio workout (expect your heart rate to stay up the entire hour.) The tracks combine both low-intensity and high-intensity moves in an interval style format that works your entire body and torches tons of calories.
VIDA offers a variety of Zumba classes at each of our locations. At Verizon you can choose between original Zumba or Zumba Step for those looking to target the lower body and really feel the burn in their legs and glutes.
Zumba is a great option for people of all fitness levels and those with or without a dance background. You’ll be having so much fun that the hour flies by, and it’s a much more effective and enjoyable way to get your cardio in versus watching the seconds tick by on a treadmill!