From the outside looking in, a Zumba class may look like a silly girl dance party that really has no business being considered a serious exercise class. But think again. The dance fitness program, created by Colombian dancer and choreographer Alberto “Beto” Perez in the 1990s, is quickly becoming a popular form of aerobic exercises. The choreography incorporates hip-hop, samba, salsa, merengue and mambo dance moves for a powerful, fun class. Maybe that’s why about 15 million people are taking weekly Zumba classes in over 200,000 locations across the world. Below we have uncovered some of the biggest myths about the exercise program to help you realize why Zumba just may be your new favourite way to get rid of those extra calories.
1. Dance Party
While you may think attending a Zumba class is just like stepping onto the dance floor at your local bar, you’re wrong. In reality, it’s quite structured. Instructors are required to play at least one song for each of the Zumba rhythms and must have a five-to-eight-minute warm-up and cool-down period. Many classes also incorporate squats, lunges and ab work.