Ditch the Workout...Join the Party!

What is a Zumba fitness class like? It's a very exciting dance party atmosphere full of Latin and international music. You'll forget you're working out with the sexy but simple moves to dance music like Cha Cha, Salsa, reggaeton, rumba and more. Best of all, you don't need any previous dance experience!

It's fun and effective, using interval training combining fast and slow rhythms for an effective aerobic workout while at the same time targetting your legs, abs, glutes and arms.

The workout is basically watch and follow. The moves are repeated often enough for you to catch on and they're not complicated. The routines are repeated week after week with additions every now and then to spice things up even more!

According to the Zumba website, "Zumba combines high energy and motivating music with unique moves and combinations that allow the Zumba participants to dance away their worries. It is based on the principle that a workout should be 'FUN AND EASY TO DO' in order for Zumba participants to stick to the Zumba fitness program to achieve long-term health benefits. Zumba is not only great for the body, but it is also great for the mind. It is a 'feel happy' workout."

Zumba is very infectious and is definitely the latest, most exciting fitness sensation! What a fun way to workout to lose weight or just become a healthier new you - you'll love the results. Be sure to bring your family and friends to be a part of the Zumba Fitness party! Check out the Zumba website here for more info: http://www.zumba.com/. Happy Zumba-ing :-)

Zumba with Heather: http://www.energiezumba.com

Tips for First-Timers


- Wear loose, comfortable clothing that BREATHES. You WILL work up a sweat. If you want to start off with a jacket or sweatshirt, that's okay, but be prepared to get HOT!!

- Wear PROPER SHOES --- cross training shoes, aerobic dance shoes, dance sneakers (the ones with the round pivot point on the ball of your foot) are good. DO NOT wear running shoes, as they have treads that are too deep and grip the floor too much, risking knee injury. Even if you have old sneakers with well-worn treads, choose those over running shoes.

- Drink PLENTY OF WATER before, during and after class. Hydration is very important!!!

- Don't get too worried about the dancing. You don't need to be a dancer to take Zumba. If you love music, I think this is for you. We are not judging your salsa skills! We are all at different levels & we are all coming together to have a good time.

- Do not get frustrated that you are not getting the steps right away. Again, this is NOT a dance class. Hearing the music, seeing the steps repeated and just jumping in is great for you to start getting better. You will surprise yourself one day. Get the music into your body and just have FUN!!!! Zumba is all about having FUN while getting FIT!!! There are NO MISTAKES in Zumba!!! As long as you're BREATHING, as long as you're MOVING, as long as you're HAVING FUN, you're doing Zumba correctly!!! One of the things that's so great about Zumba is that you can do your own thing - you don't have to copy me, I'm only an option. Move the way you want to the music - remember: Zumba is like a dance party and exercise in disguise!

- Go at your own rate. Listen to your body. If you feel tired or out of breath, slow down. Don't use your arms or take it down a notch. Your body needs to build up endurance and strength, don't think you can do it all right away. WORK AT YOUR OWN PACE. Do not try to move like anyone else. Do what's comfortable for you. You can modify any exercise to your personal comfort level. If you can't perform a certain move, march in place - it's a CARDIO workout so keep that heart rate going. DO NOT STAND STILL. Since Zumba is a cardio workout, you want to keep moving the entire time. For example, if there is a break, please lightly march in place. [Don't worry - at the end of class, we will cool down and stretch.]

- POSTURE IS VERY IMPORTANT. First of all for safety from injuries. Secondly, because if you have good posture, you work your body better. You will especially feel it in your abdomen. Think of good posture constantly and it will become second nature. Walking, sitting, playing on the computer...... pay attention to posture. It's like a continued exercise, plus good for preventing future problems.

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