Zumba: Latest get-fit dance craze
Latin American dance class is a new exercise hit
The newest aerobic craze to hit the UK is called Zumba – Colombian slang for ‘to buzz’ or ‘to move fast like a bee’.
The classes began inMiamieight years ago as an alternative to the same oldexerciseroutines. Now the mix ofaerobics with salsa,mamboandmeringuehas spread overseas.
‘It’s acardio-basedworkout which also helpstone and sculpt the body,’ explains Yorkshire-based instructor Nicola Swindle. ‘It’s a great way tolose weight,increase strengthandco-ordination, and to foster self-esteem and pure happiness. That is why so many people love it and get addicted to it.’
It all started simply enough inColombiain the Nineties when aerobics teacher Beto Perez forgot his usual music and had to improvise around the music he had in his car – traditional Latin salsa and merengue. The class was a huge success and Perez realised he was onto something, mergingaerobicswith dance to a lilting Latin beat.
He moved to the US and the Zumba bid for world domination began. There are now more than20,000 instructorsteaching Zumba in 35 countries.
A standardone-hour classuses four basic rhythms based on simplified versions of salsa, merengue, cumbia and reggaeton (mixed up with a bit of mambo, flamenco, rumba and calypso).
Nicola agrees that the workout exercises yourendorphinsas well as your muscles. ‘I focused on the fitness benefits of the class to begin with, explaining how it’s exercise in disguise,’ she says.
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