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What Is ZUMBA®?
ZUMBA® is a fusion of Latin and International music / dance themes that create a dynamic, exciting, and based on the principle that a workout should be “FUN AND EASY TO DO.” The routines feature aerobic/fitness interval training with a combination of fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body.
What Is Involved?
ZUMBA® is an interval training program where fast and slow rhythms and resistance training are combined to tone and sculpt your body while burning fat. Add some Latin flavor and international zest into the mix and you’ve got a ZUMBA® class!
Who Is ZUMBA® For?
ZUMBA® is for just about anybody. Whether you are an inactive person interested in getting fit or an athlete looking for a challenge.
How Often Can You Do ZUMBA®?
ZUMBA® is a cardiovascular training class so you can do it once a week in addition to other workouts or you can do it everyday. Frequency depends on your fitness goals and fitness level.
How Can You Expect To Feel?
It is perfectly normal to feel apprehensive and nervous before your first ZUMBA® class. Once you get your first class out of the way, a lot of the apprehension will disappear. Remember, there is safety in numbers. You will also be amazed at how many others will help you.
During the Class
Time will fly! You might experience mixed emotions. Just go with it. Remind yourself that you are new and that you have to start somewhere. It might seem like the class is moving a little faster than you would like, but that is only because the terminology and movements are somewhat unfamiliar. With each class, you will become a little bit more comfortable and a little more focused on the workout.
After the Class
You will be excited to get your first class under your belt. It is important to know that you will be sore. With any new workout or at the start of any exercise program, you experience muscle soreness. This is because your body is adjusting to the demand being placed on your muscles and is perfectly normal.
What To Wear
The most important thing to wear is comfortable workout attire. Most people wear track pants, shorts, and t-shirts, while some are more comfortable in Lycra. You should feel comfortable enough to move and sweat. There is a lot of lateral movement in ZUMBA®, so cross-training shoes are recommended as they provide the necessary support.
What To Bring
Bring a towel, a water bottle, and your energy!
It is important to arrive 15 minutes before class to meet the instructor. During these 15 minutes, the instructor will ensure that you are comfortable during your first class and answer any questions you may have. The instructor will ask you such questions as:
- Have you ever exercised?
- Have you ever participated in group fitness?
- Do you have any injuries or problems that might affect your ability to participate?
Your answers to these questions will help the instructor decide what approach you should take in class and how to modify the exercises, if necessary.
Where to Stand
The best place to stand is within clear view of the instructor. It is not necessary to be at the front, but try to be in the center of the room. It is important to avoid mirrors and to concentrate on the instructor. He or she is the best source of visual technique information. Mirrors are distracting and sometimes relay unnecessary information. Mirrors might tell you that you look silly doing the moves, even though you might really be having fun. So please ignore them!
How To Approach Your First 3 Classes
It is good to attend your first couple of classes with the simple objective of learning the movements, the class format, and the basic terminology used. Try not to concentrate so much on the quality of your workout; that will come later as you become more familiar with the movements.
Talk To the Instructor
Remember to talk to the instructor after class. For example, let him or her know how you felt and if anything was particularly challenging for you. The instructor will then make recommendations for your next class. Most of all have fun during your first ZUMBA® experience!