Your Zumba class will usually take place in a traditional dance/ exercise studio with the instructor demonstrating the moves at the front of the class. There are often mirrors to make it easier to see what’s going on. Classes typically last for one hour, with a warm-up at the beginning and cool-down with stretching at the end.
The good news is that it’s nearly impossible for a Zumba class to get boring. The music is a mix of samba, merengue, cumbia and reggaeton. Each track is different from the last one, and a new dance routine comes into effect as the music changes.
Depending on your current fitness levels, you’ll probably start to sweat early on in the class. It helps to wear sweatbands to wipe this away from your face as you dance.
Any Zumba workout will depend on what the instructor is like. Some of the common moves include cha-cha-chas, mambas, side touches and V-steps. It can be difficult to keep up at first, when you have no experience with this kind of dance. However, the more you repeat it then more you’ll find that it sinks in.
What If You Can’t Dance?
Let’s face it, we aren’t all born with the gift of coordination. If you’ve not got the best rhythm, or feel you have “two left feet” when it comes to dancing, can you still benefit from a Zumba basic workout?
Yes, you may find it difficult at first, but this is true with anything new. Just with anything else, however, you’ll find that it gets easier as you go along. The best thing about the Zumba basic workout is that you can start at beginner level. Nobody is scrutinizing your dancing skills here; it’s all about having fun along with the music! As long as you’re moving, even if you don’t get the moves just right, you’re doing it right!
Although few of us associate exercise with fun, Zumba is meant to be just that. The only way you can decide whether or not it’s for you is to try it out! Most people find it a great way to burn calories – a lot more fun than working out at the gym. That said, most instructors will let you test out the Zumba class once before you make a decision to stay or not.