In the mid-nineteen nineties a Colombian Aerobics Instructor called Alberto Perez was about to take a class, when he realised that he had forgotten his musical backing tape. He improvised with the class by using a tape of upbeat Latin dance music, and the idea for Zumba was born.
In 2001 Zumba Fitness was launched as a highly energetic dance-fitness program based on Latin dance styles, and danced to an international high-tempo musical soundtrack. Instead of the traditional aerobics method of doing repetitions to music, Zumba is all about moving to the music. After more than 10 years, Zumba is now enjoyed by more than ten million people a week and its a very enjoyable fat-burning fitness workout, but which Zumba workout is right for you?
The Different Types Of Zumba
The creators of Zumba now offer 6 different types of Zumba experiences, lets take a look at them:
The original high-paced and energetic Latin inspired dance-fitness program that took the world by storm. It is a fun way to burn body fat, build fitness and raise your energy levels. You'll be enjoying yourself so much, that you will forget that you actually are exercising.
This is a Zumba program that is specifically tailored to the older generation. As you get older and naturally start to slow down, it is still important to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. Zumba Gold is a little less intense than the original Zumba, as things move at a gentler pace. Zumba Gold is also a great option at any age if you are new to exercise, and looking to build up your fitness.
As the name suggests, Aqua Zumba is a fitness program performed in water. It is a great cardio workout that combines all the fun of Zumba with the benefits of exercising in water. Because water supports your body weight, it aids movement and flexibility. You can give your body and muscles a great low-impact workout without putting a lot of stress on your joints. Water-based exercising is great for people returning to exercise and building strength and fitness following an injury or surgery.
Zumba Toning is an energetic dance program that focuses on toning muscles and body sculpting. You use light toning sticks to aid rhythm and target those problem areas, such as abs and thighs. This a great workout if you want to build body strength and muscle definition while having a great time.
This is a Zumba program especially for children, and is a fun way to introduce them to exercise. With rising child obesity levels, the internet and computer games, parents need to find ways for their children to become more active. Zumbatonic is a great workout that the whole family can enjoy together, and children simply love this high-energy dance and fitness routine.
Zumba In The Circuit
This routine combines the fun and passion of Zumba with the power of circuit training. Using timed intervals, this is a very intense 30 minute workout guaranteed to blast those calories away and rejuvenate you. This is a great option if time is at a premium, as you are in and out in half an hour.
Now you know all the different types of Zumba programs available, why not give Zumba a go? You can lose weight with Zumba, build fitness and have a total blast.
Zumba classes are typically about an hour long and are taught by instructors. In one Zumba class, a person can burn up to 600 kcal, 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 music, axé music, and tango. Zumba is one of the most versatile fitness workouts, as classes can be geared for any fitness level