By Sara Harvey – Those who know me well would consider me a fairly active individual; my health and personal wellness are important to me and I plan wellness activities into my schedule.  Something not as many people know about me is I love to try new workout and fitness ideas, from group fitness classes to at-home DVDs to fitness-centered vacations.

If you have ever wondered what it is like to try a new fitness routine, let me be your wellness guinea pig.  With each post, I hope to introduce you to new ideas to incorporate into your current or future fitness routine!

This post is all about ZUMBA, which is probably the most popular group fitness class in the market today.

What is it? ZUMBA is a Latin dance fitness class.  A class is typically 45 to 60 minutes in length.  Each class is comprised of several songs during which participants follow along doing quick dance moves.  The music is very upbeat and is oftentimes songs easily recognizable from the radio.

Why is it great? ZUMBA is generally easy to follow and you will work up a sweat.  The intensity is easily modified for beginners.  Lastly, ZUMBA is very happy and uplifting; I always leave a ZUMBA class smiling!

How difficult is it?  I would rate ZUMBA as having a medium intensity and difficulty factor.  It can be tricky to catch some of the dance moves on the first try, but knowing this in advance is half the battle.  The dance steps do repeat from song to song, so most participants know enough by the end of the first class to feel good about their progress.  Additionally, the music in a ZUMBA class is standardized, meaning that if you have been taking ZUMBA classes at one location, you should easily transition to another location, as the music and moves will be the same.

How sweaty is it? ZUMBA is high-energy, but, for me, not high-impact.  ZUMBA is a great option for someone wanting to try a group fitness class for the first time.

What special equipment is needed? None! Most gyms include ZUMBA as part of their monthly fee; others (like the Rec Plex, Rec Center) will charge a small class fee.  ZUMBA is often offered here at Marquette free of charge as part of FREE Friday classes offered to the campus community.  Check News Briefs for more information.

Other comments?  ZUMBA is available on DVD for those persons wanting to work out at home.  It is also offered as Wii and Xbox 360 games.  Lastly, ZUMBA is expanding its options to include a weight training focused class option and even a water-based option.  For additional information about ZUMBA or to even find a class, you can visit their website!

Have you tried ZUMBA?  What did you think?  What other fitness ideas have you tried or have wanted to try?  I might just try your suggestion next!

1 Response to “Try…Zumba”

  1. 1 Amy December 15, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    I am a huge Zumba fan!!! You will definitely get a great workout! Just have fun and go for it! Try something new.

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