Zumba is a fusion of Latin and International music and dance themes creating a dynamic, exciting and effective fitness program. Zumba DVDs benefit all age groups with its fast and slow rhythms style of exercise. It is popular because someone finally created an exercise program that is fun and easy. The benefits are total body toning through easy to follow dance steps. Each instructor can create their own routines based on their favorite dance moves.
Dancer and choreographer, Beto Perez, created Zumba. He originated this style of fitness in his home country of Columbia, South America in the 1990's. As an aerobics fitness instructor in Columbia, he had to improvise when he forgot the music for his class one day. He took his favorite tapes out of his backpack and combined the music with dance steps to teach his class. His students loved it and wanted more, thus a revolutionary new concept in fitness was born.
Zumba increases total body toning using interval training and resistance training. The arms, legs, gluts, abs and heart grow stronger when you participate in this fitness program. In one hour, you will accomplish long-term benefits from the moves in the class that burn calories faster and inspire you to return for another session the next day.
You do not even have to know how to dance to benefit from this program. Anyone can do it no matter what age. You just have to like music and want to have fun. A typical class will include a warm up session, the main routine and a cool down period. It is an exciting workout and is great for the mind, body and soul.
All instructors train at the Zumba Academy and are encouraged to create routines that they feel from their soul. This makes every class fresh and different.
This program is a mix of body sculpting movements with easy to follow steps like the meringue, salsa, mambo, flamenco and cha-cha, as well as other dances from around the world including hip-hop and belly dancing. The dances are set to hip swaying, toe tapping, arm swinging, high-energy Latin music that makes a person get up and move. It is so much fun you will not even feel like you are exercising. Zumba means 'to move fast and have fun' and that is exactly what you will do.
The Latin style dance moves, of this fitness program are beneficial and fun for all age groups. Zumba DVDs include different levels of classes to allow you to advance at your own pace. The popularity of this exercise program is evident by the three million copies of DVDs that have sold since its introduction.
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