I have taught nearly 1,000 Zumba classes over the last five plus years and I have seen the benefits people have gained from doing Zumba.
Many people have come to my Zumba classes to lose weight, keep fit, or doing something active with friends. Sometimes for all of those reasons.
However, being a Zumba Instructor has let me see first hand the extra benefits students get when they move and groove to Latin and International music.
So I have listed 10 of these benefits which are also great reasons to attend a Zumba Class.
1. Zumba Mixes Dance with Fitness
Zumba which was created by Beto Perez quite by accident back in the mid 1990’s, is a fusion of simple easy to follow dance routines with fitness variations or movements.
Many people love to do dance, especially Latin dance, and also get fit in a group or class setting. So Zumba combines these two popular elements into one fitness program. Zumba is a workout in disguise.
2. Lose Weight
Burn calories (or should I be saying kilojoules) and maintain or decrease calorie intake, and you will lose weight. Well that definitely happens for those that do Zumba Fitness classes.
I have students that have burnt in the region of 799 to 900+ calories in a one hour class of Zumba. Instructors burn even more calories in the region of 1,000 plus due to their fitness level and extra energy to inspire our students.
3. Improve Your Cardio
If anything gets your heart rate and lungs going its Zumba! Routines involve steps forwards and back and side to side, salsa travel and more. Students wearing pedometers during an hour class record over 10,000 steps. Glad I’m not counting!
To raise the cardio level you take bigger steps and body movements. Otherwise if you’re fitness level is low or you’re still getting used to the routines, then smaller steps and body movements are used. The music still stays at the same tempo.
It get’s your heart rate up high as well as getting your lungs to exchange large volumes of air.
4. Improve Your Toning
Besides cardio benefits, Zumba also improves the toning of your muscles. Squats, lunges, and leg lifts work the leg muscles. Hip movements and knee lift crunches work the inner core. A variety of arm movements also tone the arm muscles. Then all of these leg, torso and arm movements also tone your back muscles and inner core.
All round you get a pretty good toning workout. After a few weeks of Zumba many people start to notice their muscles looking more ripped. Now you won’t end up like a bodybuilder in Zumba. That would be impossible due to the high reps of movements. However your muscle condition and definition will definitely improved provided you also follow a healthy eating regime.
5. Improve Coordination
I’ve lost count of the number of times new students have told me they are uncoordinated. However if they stick to regular classes very soon they relax and I notice how their coordination gets better each time.
If the Zumba Instructor is doing their job Zumba should be easy to follow. Moving your arms, legs and body in time with the rythym and melody of music improves your coordination.
Many older people suffer from poor coordination which can lead to accidents. So older students also benefit from becoming more coordinated from doing regular Zumba classes.