Zumba Fitness Classes
Zumba is a dance fitness program created by Colombian dancer and choreographer Alberto "Beto" Perez during the 1990s.
Zumba involves dance and aerobic elements. Zumba's choreography incorporates hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue, mambo, martial arts, and some Bollywood and belly dance moves. Squats and lunges are also included.
Some research indicates that dance-type aerobic workouts like Zumba can improve cardiopulmonary endurance when done at moderate intensity and duration. The bottom line is if you enjoy Zumba, you're more likely to stick with it — and more likely to enjoy the benefits of aerobic exercise.
As with any exercise, if a certain movement or position causes you pain, try to modify the workout to avoid the aggravating activities. And anytime you're training with resistance, remember that proper technique is key — don't get so caught up in the dance rhythm that you forget proper form.
What should I wear/bring to a class?
You won't need much more than some energy when you come to one of our classes. (We'll even help you with that!) There are a few recommended items that you will want to bring (but, are not required) so you feel more comfortable and prepared for your workout. They are:
Zumba Toning Classes
Zumba Fitness is mostly a cardiovascular class with some toning, but Zumba Toning is a muscular endurance plus cardiovascular class which can blast many more calories and challenge your body in new ways. The Zumba Toning party is different than that of regular Zumba Fitness classes, but you will definitely feel the burn! Worried about “bulking up?
It’s nearly impossible bulk up without doing it on purpose. You won’t bulk up in Zumba Toning.
Zumba Toning Sticks
The Zumba Toning Sticks are a pair of light weights (they come in 1lb and 2.5lb weights) that are typically used during a Zumba toning class. They are weighted with sand that allows you to shake the weight without the jarring to the body that would happen with a regular dumbbell. They are soft (so easy to hold on to) and they make a sound like a maraca when you sake them which makes them all the more fun
You are able to use light hand weights instead of the toning sticks in a Zumba toning class, but because hand weights are hard metal (as apposed to the flowing sand that is inside the toning sticks) you won’t be able to do all of the moves and truly the fun factor goes down a few degrees. The toning sticks aren’t expensive, so they are totally worth it for the fun factor alone. If you do go the hand weight route, you should never go above a 3lb weight