Zumba isn’t just for the young and fit. It’s a great way for older adults to get in shape too. Zumba mixes low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning dance fitness party. The music incorporates Latin and World rhythms. Zumba is a total workout, combining all elements of fitness – cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility, boosted energy and a serious dose of awesome each time you leave class. Zumba debuted in 1999 as a series of infomercials and quickly spread into a full-fledged craze with classes offered in health clubs across the country. Classes last from 30 to 60 minutes and include a medley of dance styles, such as merengue, cha-cha, cumbia, belly dance, rumba, tango and salsa.
The creators of Zumba recently introduced Zumba Gold, a new version of the Latin-inspired workout, tailored to the needs of elders. Zumba Gold, incorporates dance/fitness routines to Latin and international rhythms but is performed at a lower intensity. Trained Zumba fitness instructors teach at venues including fitness clubs, community centers, YMCAs, rehabilitation centers, and retirement communities.
According to the Zumba website, Zumba Gold focuses on balance, range of motion and coordination. The class focuses on cardiovascular, muscular conditioning, flexibility, range of motion and balance. Not only does Zumba improve the body physically but participating in a local Zumba class increases social interaction with other Zumba Gold dancers. Going to class will create a routine that you will want to go to because Zumba is exercise in disguise.
CEO of Zumba fitness Alberto Perlman says “The baby boomers are the original party animals, having coined some of the most popular dances including the twist and the jitterbug, so it’s no surprise they are attracted to the program”. Zumba doesn’t feel like a workout but a fun and active dance event. Zumba participants don’t have to count reps or move up in resistance levels. It is all about getting up off the couch and moving!
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By Julia Conlan