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Zumba Fitness: A practical guide to Zumba Fitness

Published on 17 February 2011

Zumba Fitness is the latest exercise phenomenon to have taken over the globe.

Zumba Fitness: Everything you need to know about Zumba Fitness

Zumba © Zumba With their 'join the party' slogan the upbeat classes have become the addictive, feel good exercise session that has converted everyone from grannies to teenagers.

And that is what is so great about it. Utterly versatile and suitable for all ages and abilities, it's easy to see why Zumba Fitness has garnered such a loyal following.

With over 10 million Zumba Fitness lovers taking classes in over 90,000 locations in 110 countries if you haven't tried a Zumba class already, it's only a matter of time before your neighbour or best friend is taking you along.

What is Zumba Fitness?

Zumba Fitness started out when Colombian choreographer and fitness instructor Beto Perez realised he didn't have the right music with him for his usual Step Class. He popped on some Latino tunes and taught an aerobic salsa and merange class instead, and the rest as they say, is history.

What is the Zumba Fitness workout like?

Zumba workouts blend Latin and exotic rhythms with easy to follow, hip-popping, body energising moves into an effective and exhilarating workout. Basically it's like dancy aerobics with a lot of hip action and insane amounts of smiling.

The classes are energetic and up lifting, with an element of sexiness and a hint of S Club 7 ecstasy. The feel good classes will have you grinning from start to finish. Even if it takes you a while to master the steps, Zumba Fitness is much more about having a good time while working out, rather than getting the steps spot on.

What are the Zumba Fitness health benefits?

Zumba © Zumba The long-term fitness benefits of Zumba workouts are numerous. The high energy classes mean high calorie-burning, but you'll be having such a good time this is just an added bonus.

The routines feature interval-training sessions with fast and slow rhythms and resistance training.

Combined successfully the routines tone and sculpt the body while burning fat. Sounds rather good doesn't it?

And did we mention that the classes are suitable for all abilities? That means you don't have to be double jointed or a size 8 yoga bunny to get involved. Whatever your age or fitness level, you can do the moves and have a stonking good time.

Of course the vital element for a great Zumba workout is the music, which really helps to make the transitions between toning exercises and the cardio routines.

What type of Zumba class?

You can expect Zumba classes to vary from teacher to teacher, as some will prefer more up tempo routines whilst others will prefer to teach more body sculpting classes.

The choice of music varies too, whether you like to keep it traditionally Latino or prefer an urban hip hop mix, you can find a sound track to suit. With aqua Zumba launching in 2011 and Zumbatomic® for children, you can expect the Zumba party to keep getting bigger.

Where is Zumba Fitness available?

Zumba Fitness is available nationwide at gyms, fitness centres, dance studios and health clubs all over the country - Zumba classes are even taking place on the Isle of Wight. A sure sign of near worldwide domination.

Check out the Zumba classes at your local Virgin Active Health Club.

Or find your nearest Zumba class on the Zumba class finder.

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