Get In The Groove With Zumba
A Revolutionary Workout Technique
One day in the mid 90’s in Colombia, a fitness instructor known as Alberto “Beto” Perez was teaching a workout class. Before it began, he realized that he forgot to bring his usual workout mixtape with him. Knowing that he needed some type of music, he decided to grab some Latin albums from his car. When he put the CD’s in the CD player, he told people in his class to just follow his movement as usual. When Salsa, Rumba, and Merengue music came on, he started to dance as if he was in a club. The participants fell in love with the movements, and the amount of fun they were having. This is when Zumba was created.
From the very beginning, Zumba has been known to be a fun way to workout, attracting people of all shapes, sizes, ages, and genders. According to studies, it motivates people to workout who otherwise hate to exercise. Instructors lead the workouts, but also encourage everyone to have fun, keep your heart rate up, and do what you feel most comfortable with. Whether you’re doing jumping jacks, or are able to keep up with the quick choreographed movements, Zumba ensures you’re breaking a sweat.
Researcher, John Porcari, professor at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse teaching exercise and sport science, decided to analyze a group of women. This group of women were Zumba regulars, and absolutely loved it. During their forty-minute class, the researchers found that each individual burns around 37 calories. While this isn’t an outrageous amount, it’s between nine-ten calories a minute, averaging the calorie amount that’s burned during an easy run or an easy bike ride.
If you're interested in trying a new form of exercise and having lots of fun, consider attending a Zumba class!