May 2, 2016
There are so many fitness class options available nowadays that it can be difficult to decide which one to take. One class that is often overlooked is Zumba. This Colombian inspired dance fitness program has been around for more than a decade and can easily be overshadowed by newer, trendier workouts. Zumba, however, offers everything that you want, and need, in a fitness class.
Here are ten reasons why your body deserves to get down with Zumba.
If you are looking to get rid of stored fat, Zumba is the class for you. During the course of an average class, you will churn through between 600 and 1000 calories. Zumba includes a lot of plyometric and cardio moves that are designed to get the heart pumping and the body moving. But, with Zumba, you’re having so much fun during the workout, that you don’t even notice that you are using up so much energy. That makes it the ideal calorie burn.
If you want a really challenging workout, try dancing for an hour. You will work every muscle group in your body. Unlike the individualized body part workouts that you may be used to on the gym floor, Zumba forces your whole body to function together. This is the way your muscles were designed to work and will make you more functionally fit as it tightens and tones from head to toe.
Music has a unique energy to it. Really good music can help motivate you to get to the next level of your training. It can push you to reach your goals. So long as you’ve got an instructor with lots of energy who knows how to capitalize on the great sounds vibrating through the room, you’ll get caught up in the rhythm and fun of it all. The good news is that with a Zumba class at Evolve Fitness in Cambridge or Framingham, you’re guaranteed to have a professional, energetic, and highly qualified trainer teaching your class!
A unique aspect of Zumba is the greater the size of the class, the more fun it is. After all, you’re all dancing together!
The dance moves that go to make a Zumba routine involve a lot of complex compound exercises. You’ll be moving side-to-side as you learn the different dances, and elevating your heart rate. You will have no trouble getting your pulse up into the training zone and keeping it there. And, because you’ll be having so much fun during your session, you’ll push a lot harder than if you were pounding it out alone on the treadmill.
Sure, you’ve signed up to get fit. But a great side benefit of taking Zumba classes is that you will also learn some very cool dance steps. You’ll get a taste of all the great dances out of Latin America, including the chahcha, flamenco, salsa, samba and the tango. When you hit the dance floor on the weekend, you are going to have some impressive moves up your sleeve.
Don’t worry if you’ve got two left feet – Zumba classes are offered to suit every age and ability. In fact, there are 9 different types of classes to meet every need. Here are a few of the options:
We all know that exercise releases the feel good chemicals known as endorphins. When you combine the group motivation aspect of a Zumba class, throw in the pulsating beats and have a high energy instructor leading the class, there is not much that can compare to Zumba as a means to unwind, get rid of stress and start feeling good about yourself.
If you have ever caught yourself staring at the clock as you pound mindlessly on a Stairmaster, you’ll be pleased to know that the time seems to fly by when you’re in a Zumba class. Most Zumba classes are scheduled for 60 minutes, but will only feel like 20. That’s because you’ll get caught up in the atmosphere and have so much fun that you won’t even notice how much sweat is dripping from your body.
Coordination is vastly improved when you take a Zumba class. You will be more in tune with your body, better able to fluidly move from one position to another. This will result in the conservation of energy, allowing you to achieve maximum result for minimum output.
Zumba training will also vastly improve your ability to stabilize your body. This will improve your sporting ability. Whether you’re a skater on ice or a gymnast on the beam, controlling your body’s stability will put you at an advantage.
You’ll also be more agile when you regularly take Zumba classes. The ability to make quick transitions is a fundamental skill in most sports. It will allow you to instantly transition from offence to defense and to better react to the unpredictability of the ball and your opposition.
The side to side movements of Zumba will strengthen your abs, obliques, lower back and glutes. The core muscles are comprised of a number of muscles that overlap and extend from the base of the neck to the muscles between the legs. As well as providing support to the torso, these muscles stabilize the spine. Every move that we make relies on core strength and stability.
The core strength that comes from a Zumba class will make you less prone to injury. The strain on your limbs will be reduced and you’ll be keeping injury prone areas, such as your lower back, healthy.
On top of all of those benefits, Zumba class is quite simply the most fun you can have inside the four walls of a gym. Once you try it, there’s a high likelihood that you’ll get hooked. But don’t worry – Zumba is an addiction that you’ll never regret.