Zumba reviewZumba is a popular fitness program that combines aerobics and dance movements based on a variety of Latin American dance styles. For example, much of the choreography used in Zumba incorporates salsa, samba, mambo, soca, meringue and hip-hop, with squats and lunges. It was created in the 90’s by Alberto “Beto” Perez, a Columbian dancer and choreographer, and is often performed to Latin American dance music.

Zumba is a high-energy aerobic workout. Its routines include interval training, which means that workouts alternate between fast and slow movements, and resistance training. Zumba workouts can result in plenty of calorie burning. Furthermore, due to frequent hip and midsection movements, it can also improve flexibility and core strengthening.

At the time this review was written, according to the official Zumba site, the fitness program is available in 180 countries, more than 15 million people take Zumba classes around the globe, and there are over 200,000 locations. However, if you want to give Zumba a try, and you can’t find a class located near you (or you’re not overly fond of working out with others), it is possible for you to engage in Zumba at home.

There are a variety of exercise DVDs that can be purchased, as well as equipment including a step device called the “Zumba Rizer”, and hand weights called “Zumba Toning Sticks”. Zumab-related footwear, fitness attire, and other accessories, as well as music, can also be purchased online.

An example of one of the complete workout systems offered is the Zumba Exhilarate Body Shaping System – 4 DVD Set plus Bonus. This four-disc fitness system comes with five workouts that vary in intensity level.

The product comes with a single pair of 1 pound Zumba Toning Sticks and an Exhilarate Program Guide that features a 10-day weight loss plan and more. There are 5 DVDs in total (4 plus a bonus). Each one provides different workouts, starting with a basic break down of the steps and an easy-to-follow class for beginners, as well as a full-length fitness workout and a high-intensity 20-minute workout. When this review was written, this entire system cost $54.95.

Overall, Zumba appears to be a highly effective and fun fitness program that delivers an all-over body workout. It can help you burn calories, lose weight, strengthen your body, and stay fit. However, as is the case with any exercise program, make sure you find the right intensity for your current fitness level and never engage in workouts that cause your body to hurt. Gradually build up your stamina, do not push your limits.

It is likely in your best interest to sign up for a beginner Zumba class with a professional instructor before trying this fitness program on your own.