What is it?
By combining aerobic cardiovascular exercise with upbeat Latin music tempos, Zumba® offers a total body work out by combining the moves used in different Latin dances such as samba, mambo and salsa, as well as belly-dancing, hip-hop and martial arts.
Together, these various Zumba® fitness elements provide exciting, rhythmical exercise routines that are great fun. It’s like a disco in a gym and with more than 1 million people in now enrolled in classes, Zumba® is one of the most popular physical activities for women in Britain today.
Why is it good for me?
Combining fast and slow exercises, Zumba® means your body never settles into the consistent rhythms used by other types of exercise. Repetitive exercise means that fitness and weight loss reach a plateau, whereas Zumba® dancing keeps your body confused, so that plateau isn’t reached. Some of the key benefits include:
- Cardiovascular and aerobic workout
- Improved coordination
- Improved mental agility
- Help with weight loss
- Social benefits of meeting new people
How much does it cost?
From around £5 an hour you can enjoy a Zumba® class, but to gain the full benefit, a course of ten sessions or more will produce better results and almost certainly offer better value.
What equipment do I need?
- Wear the correct trainers – these are essential to help cushion the impact of Zumba® dancing routines on your knees, ankles and hips.
- A dance top and jazz pants – these offer the freedom of movement you’ll need when dancing