Zumba is a dance fitness program created by Colombian dancer and choreographer Alberto "Beto" Perez during the 1990s. Now approximately 15 million people take weekly Zumba classes in over 200,000 locations across 180 countries.
If you want to join a Zumba class, leave your aerobic step, exercise ball, and 1-2-3-count at home. Bring your dancing feet, gyrating hips, and a desire to move like you’re in a Miami discotheque.
Zumba sessions combine aerobic movements with popular Latin music and dances such as salsa, mambo, merengue, and samba. Squats and lunges are also included. Don’t worry if you’re not a Latin ballroom trophy holder. Just keep kicking your legs and swaying your arms.
Unlike a traditional aerobics class, you don’t have to worry about stepping or clapping in perfect time. Zumba movements are more free flowing. After a Zumba class, you’ll feel less like you marched in a boot camp drill and more like you let yourself go at a party.
Wear clothes you can easily stretch in but that aren’t so baggy they end up getting in your way. You’re going to work up a sweat, so don’t forget your towel and a generous bottle of water.