Zumba: Adding Spice to Your Workout Routine

Let’s face it, working out can be a dull experience.  You spend an hour lifting a few weights, maybe spend some time on the treadmill or elliptical machine and then go home.  It’s the same old movements over and over again and the music on your iPod can only help alleviate the boredom so much.

Not only that, but repetitive exercise is BAD exercise.  When you workout it’s easy to slip into a fixed routine without varying what you do. Your body gets used to the repetitive movements, and because of this you don’t get the full benefit of the workout that you could if you mixed it up a little.

What Is Zumba?

Zumba, a new workout craze founded by Colombian Choreographer and dancer Beto aims to solve the problem of the boring and repetitive workout.  When you step into the Zumba class, the music begins pumping, and before you know it you’re moving to the beat, working every major muscle group while at the same time mastering dance moves from such dances as Salsa, Hip-Hop, Cha-Cha-Cha, Merengue, Tango and many more.

Some might see Zumba as just a dancing class where you just happen to sweat a little more, but it’s actually quite the workout.  You can burn anywhere from 500 to 900 calories from an hour’s worth of Zumba.  What’s more, you’d probably be so lost in the rhythm and the beat that you wouldn’t even feel the time passing.

Is Zumba an Effective Workout?

The reason why Zumba is such an effective workout is because it utilizes the principles of interval training.  Interval training is the alternation of short bursts of high activity followed by a rest period.   A runner, for example, might do a one minute sprint then walk for about thirty seconds before going on another sprint.

Spacing out high intensity and low intensity workouts has shown to result into higher levels of fatty acid oxidation, which ultimately leads to a slimmer waist.  The same holds true for Zumba, where the tempo of the music might speed up for a couple of minutes of high intensity salsa and then might slow down to a more gentle cha-cha-cha.  Essentially, Zumba integrates both dancing and highly efficient interval training at the same time.

Zumba’s Popularity

Zumba has become wildly popular in recent years.  According to the business website inc.com, Zumba classes can now be found in over 60,000 fitness centers in over 105 countries.  Obviously, this is no passing fad. If you wanted to take up Zumba all you have to do is Google it (In my city it would be “Zumba Seattle”) and you’d probably find a wealth of class listings.

So what are you waiting for?  If you’re looking to find a fun alternative to the repetitive grind that you’re used to at the gym maybe it’s time to check out some Zumba classes on the web.  Zumba is not only for those with the sculpted bodies you might see in the ads.  Most fitness centers these days provide beginner Zumba classes which are at a much lower intensity than the more advanced classes.  No matter who you are, there’s a Zumba class for you.

Author Byline:

This article is written by Kenji Crosland from TeachStreet.com TeachStreet is a website which provides online and local classes as well as Zumba Classes.

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8 thoughts on “Zumba: Adding Spice to Your Workout Routine

  • September 14, 2011 at 4:04 am

    Zumba is great fun!..The great thing is it doesnt feel like a workout which makes it easier to do. It is also good if you want to lose a little weight.

  • July 17, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    This is something new to me for sure but I am wondering how hard it is on a persons knees? I have knee issues and most of these types of things are not great for them.

  • March 23, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    I did Zumba for the first time last month after not having heard of it at all.

    I absolutely loved it. It is so much better than regular exercise.

    Thx for the post,

  • February 5, 2011 at 8:17 am

    I’m 56….can Zumba we tailored to fit my personal needs (all the girls I see regarding Zumba are young). I have been athletic and active my whole life, I want to lose these ‘old age’ pounds. Oh ya, I have RA in my knees (won’t be doing the jumping parts, ha).

  • December 7, 2010 at 11:22 am

    I’m really surprised that your class was cancelled, Sandy. That really is surprising considering how huge Zumba seems to have gotten. It’s a great workout and like the author says, it’s not the same old thing every time which gets really boring and ultimately causes people to stop going. Not so with Zumba! Hope you find a class :-)

  • December 2, 2010 at 3:35 am

    I booked up for some Zumba classes but they were canceled due to lack of interest! Can you believe that?
    I don’t need to lose weight but it makes a great cardio workout.


    • December 5, 2010 at 3:13 pm

      Sandy, that’s some interesting feedback for sure. I’ve never tried Zumba myself, but it’s supposed to be one of the top 10 exercise and fitness trends for this year so it’s odd that your class was cancelled due to lack of interest.

      • January 18, 2011 at 10:20 am

        wow, people here where I live are always looking for some extra zumba lessons, that wouldn’t be the case around here…. wonder if they did some publicity to that class,though maybe it was missinformation???? I hope you can find another one soon, it is so much fun!


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