5 Myths About Zumba Debunked
Sucheta PalSucheta Pal is the first Indian in the world to be selected as a Zumba® Education Specialist (ZES) and currently India’s Master Trainer and the only ZES who is officially licensed to train instructors in India.
Zumba, an aerobic dance fitness routine set to South American beats, is a unique way of getting fit through some fun. It's all about feeling the music, moving to it and letting it inspire you to a leaner and fitter body. But there are many myths floating around about Zumba and what it’s all about. Is it a workout or a dance form? Not sure, you say? Not to worry because today Sucheta Pal will debunk for us top 5 myths that surround Zumba.
Myth 1 # Zumba is a dance form like salsa
Zumba is a dance inspired fitness form. It includes rhythms from across the world with international artist like pitbull, Daddy Yankee, Lil john and the likes creating music just for us. Zumba is inspired from salsa, merengur, cumbai, reggateon, flamenco, tango, belly dance and the flavors are simplified and made easy to follow so that anyone can do it. And the exercise is hidden so that you don’t realize you’re working out
Myth 2 # Zumba is only for fit people
Zumba is for everyone and by anyone, I mean anyone from the age group of 12 and above. Men and women, old or young of any any fitness level can try Zumba. You don’t have to worry about pulls and aches because a licensed instructor will show you modifications before the class to make every move either low impact or high so that it suits every age and fitness level. Also there is Zumba Gold speciality for active older adults and Aqua Zumba speciality for anyone suffering from jointissues,knee or back pain
Myth 3 # Anyone can teach Zumba
A big NO to that because only licensed Zumba fitness instructors can teach Zumba.
Each of these instructors are licensed after a rigorous training with Zumba Education Specialist .They are part of a Zmba Instructor network wherein they are regularly updated with continuous learning material keeping their classes fresh and safe. Check www.zumba.com ->Find an instructor to verify if they are licensed.
Myth 4 # There is only Regular Zumba?
No, there are many forms mainly:
There are Zumba® Fitness: Zumba classes feature exotic rhythms set to high-energy Latin and international beats. Before participants know it, they’re getting fit and their energy levels are soaring! There’s no other fitness class like a Zumba Fitness-Party.
Zumba Gold®: It takes the Zumba formula and modifies the moves and pacing to suit the needs of the active older participant, as well as those just starting their journey to a fit and healthy lifestyle.
Zumba® Toning: When it comes to body sculpting, Zumba Toning raises the bar (or rather, the toning stick). It combines targeted body-sculpting exercises and high-energy cardio work with Latin-infused Zumba moves to create a calorie-torching, strength-training dance fitness-party
Zumba® in the Circuit: Maximize your workout while still having a total blast. Zumba in the Circuit is 30 minutes of high-octane, Latin-inspired dance-fitness moves combined with circuit training, a series of strength exercises at timed intervals.
Aqua Zumba®: Known as the Zumba "pool party," Aqua Zumba gives new meaning to the idea of an invigorating workout. Splashing, stretching, twisting, even shouting, laughing, hooting and hollering are often heard during an Aqua Zumba class.
Zumbatomic®: Designed exclusively for kids (ages 4-12), Zumbatomic classes are rockin’, high-energy fitness-parties packed with specially choreographed, kid-friendly routines and all the music kids love, like hip-hop, reggaeton, cumbia and more.
Zumba® Gold-Toning: The Zumba® Gold-Toning program offers the best of both worlds — the exhilarating experience of a Zumba Fitness-Party with the benefits of safe-and-effective strength training.
Zumba Sentao™: The Zumba Sentao™ workout takes the thrill of the fitness-party and partners it with explosive, chair-based choreography to strengthen, balance and stabilize your core, and step up your cardio work in a whole new way
Myth 5 # Zumba is only cardio
Zumba is a total body workout and it’s the perfect balance of cardio, strength training and a progressive core workout. There is no other fitness class like a Zumba fitness party. No wonder its in 150 countries with 2 million weekly participants.
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