Zumba...What to Expect in Class
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What is Zumba?
Zumba is a fitness class that combines
dance and fitness moves.
Inspired by Latin dance and music, Zumba
uses a variety of styles in its routines, including
Cumbia, Merengue, salsa, reggaeton, mambo, rumba,
flamenco, and a hip hop. Music selections include both
fast and slow rhythms to help tone and sculpt the body.
You could burn between 350 to 900 calories PER class,
BUT it all depends on how you exert yourself...
Below are many questions that I receive for my Zumba
classes. However, the information below will help you in
all type of exercise, aerobic classes.
What do I wear to Zumba?
You can wear any type of
fitness clothes to sweat pants, shorts, tank tops,
t-shirts; anything comfortable and cool. As for shoes,
wear cross-trainers or dance shoes - anything that will
give you support. Just keep in mind, if your shoes
"looks like a tire" on the bottom (e.g., running shoes),
do not wear them in class. You take the chance of injury
to your knees, since you will be doing a lot of moves
"side to side".
What can I expect when I come to Zumba?
Zumba classes are
not like your normal, everyday aerobic class.
There will hardly be any verbal cueing and Zumba uses
"tracked music" and not continuous music,
(however, in my classes I use verbal, hands, and
directional cues. There may be students that cannot see
you and may need to hear your cueing and others that may
not hear well and need visual cueing). The
the class in easy, simple movements with a combination
of dance and fitness moves. Usually visual and hand cues
are given. The music is fun and invigorating
and is mostly Latin. As mentioned above, different Latin
dance styles will be used, as well as fitness moves,
such as bicep curls, lunges, and other body- toning
moves. There will be a lot of hip and booty shaking too!
Safety is our Number One concern too... If you have
any low back or knee problems (or any medical problems),
keep your moves basic and ask your Instructor for an
alternative way to do the move. The structure of the
class starts with a warm-up and proceeds to intervals of
faster and slower tempos throughout the duration of the
class (AKA Interval Training), ending with a
cool-down and stretch. Most of the Zumba classes are
cardio workouts...some Instructors may add Hand Weights,
a Step routine, or add another form of exercise to
Zumba. Just make sure to bring a bottle of water,
because you will sweat!
What if I'm not coordinated and I can't
Be patient and
don't get frustrated! Okay, I admit, the first few
classes may be frustrating, because you may not know the
songs and will not know the "teaching style" of your
Instructor. You may feel like you have two-left-feet,
but I assure you, after you attend class a few times,
you will catch on! You could also arrive early or stay
after class and ask your Instructor about moves that you
do not quite get. Most Instructors are willing to help,
(if not, find a new Instructor/class!) Zumba uses a lot of repetition
steps in every class. After a few classes you will know
the basic steps. Remember... this is how
the Creator of Zumba puts it....Feel the Music!
Most of all, just have fun! Even if you can't do a step,
just move to however the music makes you feel!
There is no wrong or right way to Zumba.
What if I'm out of shape and I can't keep
Know your own
body! Most people know their limits. If not, see
your doctor before attempting any type of exercise. Work
out at their own pace until you are comfortable with the
Day #1 to the middle of the session or by Day #8, you
will see improvement...you will see that you do not stop
as much... and your stamina would have improved greatly!
Just hang in there, because you already took your first
step toward a healthier, better lifestyle - you started
out with a fun, rewarding class. Be proud of
What kind of people are in your Zumba
People of all fitness
abilities, ages, sizes and nationalities take Zumba
How will Zumba benefit me?
It depends on how your
exert yourself! Physically, you will burn between
350-900 calories in one-hour! You will build cardio
strength and tone muscles. Mentally, you will relieve
stress, stimulate your brain by learning coordination
and new steps, plus it makes you smile and sweat at the
same time! You'll find that after one class, you
can't wait to come back again! You will be a
calories can I burn during a Zumba Class?
It is very
difficult to estimate the number of calories burned
during a Zumba Class, because it depends on you, your
body type, your body composition, the intensity, and the
range of motion that you use with each workout. For
example in one Zumba class, one participant could burn
300 calories, while another participant could burn
calories. We recommend monitoring how you feel and
compare it to other activities that you do that have
"calories burned" associated with it and then estimate
Can I take more than one class a week?
Yes! Zumba is a GREAT
cardio workout! You should do a cardio workout at
least 5 times per week. It doesn't necessary have
to be Zumba... walking, bike riding, treadmill, or any
type of cardio workout will benefit you... however,
Zumba is the choice for most people, because it is fun
and makes working out fun!
Can I just try one class to see if I like
Instructors encourage you to try out their class free
for the first time!
Make sure to ask the Instructor if you could try the
One last thing to remember when searching
for a Zumba Class...
sure the Zumba class that you are interested in is a
LEGIT CLASS! There are many "Zumba" classes being
offered that are not taught by authorized Zumba
Instructors! Please remember: If a company is
offering Zumba classes, the individual Instructor MUST
be authorized to teach the Zumba class and NOT the
company. There is no such thing as a company
"being authorized to teach it" It must be the
Instructor. Also, in the name description of
the class, It cannot have "Zumba" described anywhere
in it if the class does NOT have a licensed Zumba
Instructor teaching the class. Zumba®
and Zumba Fitness® are legal registered trademarks of
There are a few
ways to check out the Instructor to see if he or she is
a legit authorized Zumba Instructor:
See if that Instructor is
featured on this website by
If they are not on this website (Instructors are added daily),
and put in the name of the Instructor. No matter if
the Instructor is a ZIN (Zumba Instructors Network)
Member or not, their names will be on the official
If the Instructor is
not listed, please do Zumba LLC a favor and report
the Instructor or company.
Instructors ARE NOT
"Certified Zumba Instructors" -
To the general public, most people
think that all Zumba Instructors are certified Fitness
Instructors. That information is completely incorrect.
When one attends the required 8-hour Zumba workshop, that person
is only granted the right to legally use the Zumba name
and Zumba logo to advertise their classes. If they opt
to become a ZIN Member (Zumba Instructors Network -
The member pays a $360.00 annual fee). These Instructor
will have additional rights to ZIN music and
choreography, discounts on Zumba Workshops and Zumba
The only time a Zumba Instructor is truly "certified" is
IF they are nationally certified from
organizations, such as ACE (American Council on
Exercise) or AFAA (American Fitness Association of
America). There are some Zumba Instructors
that are not ZIN Members (which is perfectly
fine). These Instructors are still
listed at the official Zumba website.
This site does not
include all of the Zumba
Instructors of Michigan. The Zumba Instructor does not
have to be a ZIN Member to teach Zumba, but need to be authorized to
teach Zumba Fitness by attending the one-day workshop
and they must be listed at the official Zumba website. The Zumba
Instructors who are not ZIN Members must renew their
authorization, at their one year anniversary date in order to
continue teaching Zumba classes.