So, does Zumba work?

Latin rhythms blasting electrically, sweaty bodies moving energetically, hips thrusting, booty shaking…welcome to Zumba.

Umbreen Ali
By Umbreen Ali
Columnist
March 5, 2012, 5:46 pm
So, does Zumba work?

Latin rhythms blasting electrically, sweaty bodies moving energetically, hips thrusting, booty shaking…welcome to Zumba.

Zumba is a revolutionary exercise regime which incorporates dance and aerobics. A concept born in Columbia, it is energetic, fun, sexy and a voraciously contagious exercise.

With vivacious instructors this exercise form defies tedium with routine changes every three minutes to pulsing Latin American, hip hop, salsa and pop music. The steps are kept simple yet exude energy.

The ambience in a Zumba class is positively festive like with all participants, whether first time attendees or a seasoned class goer, dancing vigorously, all exhibiting an inexhaustible vitality.

Zumba is perfect for anyone who is averse to the gym, aerobics classes, exercise dvd’s and even the sedate wii fit. With enthusiastic attendees ranging from their early 20’s to their late 60’s, with all body sizes participating, Zumba is an all inclusive concept that is easy to follow. It is fun, contagious and most definitely effective. It is motivational and more like a fitness party than exercise.

The most inspirational thing about the high energy classes is that acute precision in a Zumba class is not to be expected.

Dance demands a freedom of mind and spirit, and the absence of inhibition in the class is refreshing.

The emphasis in a class is on moving to the beat of the music, rather than counting steps and learning a routine. Zumba depicts a firm joie de vivre.

It is a masterful blend of burning calories and having fun with the endorphin effect parallel to that of dancing strenuously in a club. And as the music gets louder, the energy levels visibly rise. Who doesn’t like to dance?

Zumba is most definitely the exercise a la mode, a fitness revolution, whether it is seen as a way to unwind, blow off steam, a form of exercise, or simply an excuse to dance.

It is about escapism through movement, an undeniably liberating exercise form. The enticing allure of the dance style is all too prevalent and you can’t help but succumb to the rhythm of this passionate form of exercise.

After an hour of body grinding, flamenco, salsa and even some belly dancing, it is difficult to resist the exhilarating temptation of Zumba.

(Image courtesy Zumbarumba.co.uk)

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