Zumba fitness is a dance-fitness exercise
program that feels like a party more than a
Beto Perez, a professonal dancer and fitness trainer from Columbia, South America
created the concept of Zumba. The story goes that one day he forgot to bring his
regular aerobics music to teach his class. Instead he used some Latin music tapes that
he had in his car and improvised. The class was a hit and became in high demand and
was named "Rumbacize."
In 1999 Beto came to the U.S. and was approached by entrepreneurs Alberto Perlman
and Alberto Aghion. They changed the name to "Zumba" and started marketing it
worldwide. In 2002 the first Zumba videos were sold and Zumba began training
instructors. In 2008 Zumba has over 20,000 trained zumba instructors in 35 countries
and has sold millions of Zumba DVD's! They also sell a zumba clothing line including
pants, tops, hats, and bracelets among other things.
Zumba is a combination of dance and fitness moves done to lively, uplifting music. A zumba class will usually use a
combination of dance steps such as salsa, merengue, and reggaetone.
Zumba also uses fitness exercises such as squats, knee-lifts, and bicep curls. Zumba fitness is characterized by
"booty-shaking" moves that make people smile, laugh and let loose!
Zumba music uses mostly latin rhythms but also uses other upbeat music from calypso to swing.You can burn
500-800 calories in a one-hour class while at the same time tone muscles and relieve stress.
Zumba is for both men and women, although classes are predominately female! It attracts people of all ages and
all nationalities. There are a few specialties in Zumba as well such as, zumba toning, zumba aqua, zumba gold (for
seniors) and zumba for kids.
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