Zumba: The Global Exercise Phenomenon

If you are tired of your old exercise routine and looking to spice things up a little, consider taking Zumba at a health club in Cheyenne, WY. Zumba is a fast-paced and fun exercise regimen based on traditional Colombian dance. It is very effective, as evidenced by its growing popularity among the general populace as well as among celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez, Eva LaRue, Natalie Portman, Halle Berry, and Jennifer Love Hewitt.

Zumba was created by a fortuitous accident in the mid ‘90’s by aerobics instructor Beto Perez. One day, he got to class only to realize he had forgotten his aerobics music, so he pulled out some of his own Latin salsa and merengue music and improvised with traditional dance moves. To his surprise, it was an immediate hit, and he soon developed his own exercise program based on these elements. In 2001, Beto introduced Zumba in Florida; it took off, and is now being taught all over the world from gyms in South America to your local health club in Cheyenne, WY.

All Zumba teachers are officially instructed and licensed by the Zumba Academy, so no matter where you take the class, you know you are getting experience and expertise. Classes usually last for about an hour and can burn anywhere from 500 to 1000 calories. There are eight levels of Zumba aimed at different ages and fitness stages. Zumba Fitness is the most common level and combines moves from a variety of dance styles including salsa, flamenco, merengue, mambo, chachacha, reggaeton, belly dancing, hip hop, soca, samba, and more. With its infectious rhythms and high-energy moves, Zumba Fitness is often referred to as a “party” by its devotees. Zumba Gold is aimed at baby boomers; it keeps the same dance moves as Zumba Fitness but modifies the pace and intensity to meet the needs of older participants. Zumba Toning adds special toning sticks to the dance routine, which can sculpt and refine your body as you dance the session away. For older participants or those with joint problems, there is Aqua Zumba, which puts all the traditional moves in the pool. The water resistance helps to cushion joints, but it also helps tone and sculpt the body. Zumba Circuit is perfect for those with busy lives who still want to stay in shape. In just 30 minutes, Zumba Circuit combines dance moves with circuit training to get a high intensity workout that can burn tons of calories in half an hour. Zumba Gold-Toning allows older participants and those new to the routine to sculpt and tone their bodies. It combines the toning aspect with the modified pace and intensity of Zumba Gold. Those who want to strengthen their core will love Zumba Senato, which uses a chair as a counterweight to work your stomach and core muscles. And don’t leave the kids out of the fun! Zumbatomic is specially aimed at children, so they can stay in shape too. Check with your health club in Cheyenne, WY to see which levels of Zumba they offer and get started on the most fun fitness routine you’ve ever tried!

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