I have been involved in some sort of physical activity my whole life. Like many fitness minded people, I have participated in sports since I was 5, and still continue to play softball and volleyball in the summer. You name the fitness class, and I have tried it (Step Aerobics, CardioKick, Spinning, etc). Not to mention, teaching physical education for 5 years, which included leading dance and aerobics classes, fitness routines, or weight training workouts. While these were all great classes, for one reason or another, I never found a fitness class as exhilarating or addicting as Zumba!
For those of you haven’t ditched the workout yet, here's how the official Zumba website describes the new workout: The Zumba Program unites hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a one-of-a-kind fitness program that will blow you away. The goal is simple: Want to work out, love to work out, and get hooked. Zumba Fanatics achieve long-term benefits while experiencing an absolute blast in one exciting hour of calorie-burning, body-energizing, awe-inspiring movements meant to engage and captivate for life! In simpler terms, it’s a one hour dance party that tones and sculpts your body while burning fat. Who wouldn’t get addicted to that?
*As of May 2010, the Zumba® program is being taught at over 60,000 locations in 105 countries, has sold millions of DVDs, and has changed the lives of Zumba® Fanatics worldwide with an astonishing 7.5 million participants taking Zumba classes every week.
If you want to find a Zumba class that fits your time schedule or is close to your location, visit the Zumba website at http://search.zumba.com/classes/.
Or if anyone lives in the North Kansas City area, my Zumba instructor is awesome and teaches it four days a week in St. Joseph. His website is www.zumbawithdrew.com. Here's a photo of my instructor, Drew, in action!
Need more inspiration? Listen to this playlist of Zumba sample songs and you're sure to get up and moving!
*Statistic taken from www.zumba.com.