Zumba has become the trending work out for an entire generation of hip 20 somethings that are keen on fitness but want to move beyond the routine of gyms, sports centers, and yoga classes. Zumba is fun, sexy and a high intensity work out, guaranteeing to burn at least a few hundred calories and give you a sweaty glow like you just did a 10k!

This unique dance style was developed in the mid-90s in Colombia by Alberto ‘beto’ Perez, who went to sell videos of Zumba workouts on infomercials. The dance form was conceived from a “happy accident” where aerobics instructor Perez improvised a session of Latin dance moves with aerobics to pumping music creating a brand of Zumba Fitness which has found takers across the globe.

Zumba is dance form that incorporates dance styles like salsa, merengue, samba, tango and mambo with a contemporary twist of hip-hop and soca performed to energetic music with a constant change in pace and tempo.

Zumba is typically performed to Latin music but in the past 5 years, it has adapted to the international music scene including bhangra and Indian pop with an up and coming genre of Zumba music promoted by hip-hop and pop artists world over.

Why Zumba?

Zumba is complete body workout burning between 400-800 calories a class, more depending on intensity and personal levels of fitness. The high-intensity workout can be a great stress buster and the vibrant music and moves can lift your mood in minutes. The work out includes strength training with cardio which makes it different from your regular dance session. Lunges, squats, chest presses and overhead raises are all part of the routine stylized with dance moves so each exercise moves into the next without a break.

Something for everyone!

This dance form doesn’t try to be a one size fits all kind of workout. There is Zumba Gold for people who want to move at a slower pace, Zumbatomic for kids, Zumba Sentao that uses a chair for the workout, Aqua Zumba for those with lower back and joint issues and Zumba toning that using toning sticks to help build body strength and muscle tone rigorously. More women are opting for Zumba as prenatal work out that can give you a much-needed endorphin boost to beat your pregnancy blues! Depending on the stage of pregnancy and personal levels of fitness, Zumba Fitness during your pregnancy is also an option.

Gear up!

Dressing for Zumba can be fun but you need to ensure that you wear the right kind of shoes and clothes that don’t impede free movement. Trying to pick a smart pair of shoes for a Zumba class? Click here to check out the top 10 shoes for Zumba you can buy online. 

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