Frequently Asked Questions about my Zumba class
Zumba is a dance based fitness class that originated in Columbia. It takes rhythms from all over the world including (but not limited to): salsa, merengue, cumbia, reggaeton, belly dance, Arabian, African, Bollywood, hip hop, samba, axe, swing, cha cha, flamenco… you get the idea. For each rhythm, a number of the most common steps for that type of dance are simplified down into a form that is quick to learn, and easy to follow. During a traditional 60 minute Zumba class you will learn 12-14 songs (including your warm-up and cool down). The steps are not broken down for you beforehand, it’s more of a “monkey see monkey do” type of class. Most songs repeat the same moves so you can follow the dance quite easily and will you will become more confident. The songs are set up so that you’ll do a higher intensity song followed by a lower intensity song to provide you with an interval workout which torches tons of calories – and the best part? You forget you’re even exercising!
What is your typical Zumba class like?
I am a strong believer in having fun, laughing and forgetting that we are actually working out. My Zumba class is like a dance party that works for both beginners and advanced exercisers. I will change the intensity throughout the class using different rhythms of the music and the steps.
Each class starts with a warm up, then moves through several routines which vary in intensity and style - merengue, salsa, reggaeton, cumbia, calypso, even a little Bollywood and hip hop! Some songs and styles are more intense than others, but you are always free to take it up or down a notch to suit yourself! I blend traditional dance steps with basic fitness moves so everyone can participate - it's very easy to follow. We finish with a cool down and stretch to bring the heart rate down and relax the muscles.
Prepare to sweat! Zumba will get your heart pumping and increase your endurance - you'll have more energy and burn fat. The moves will work your core (abs, back and hips) to strengthen and define them.
Besides the physical benefits, Zumba is a "feel good" workout, not a dreaded chore - the music is motivating and fun, you will leave happy! It's a good mental break from our busy lives - time for yourself, which we all need!
long is a class?
My classes are 50-55 minutes. That includes the warm-up, the workout and the cool-down/stretch. As an added benefit, I will give an optional Abs & Core class after the Zumba class. This is a free 15 minute class for those that want to participate.
What do I wear for Zumba?
ZUMBA is a workout PARTY! So we encourage participants to wear comfortable clothes that you are happy to vigorously move around in. Be prepared to sweat, so think about wearing light weight clothes. I wouldn't advise Zumba in jeans. We will be doing class on firm mats. This turns out to be easier on the knees without compromising our Zumba moves. You have the option of going barefoot, wearing socks, or you can wear tennis shoes if you wear shoe covers that I can provide. You don't want too much of a grip for the twisting and turning movements that Zumba involves.
need to bring anything with me?
Make sure you have plenty of water before class, during, and afterwards as you are going to sweat, a lot. It is also a good idea to bring a sweat towel, but apart from that just yourself and a smile.
have to sign a contract or membership?
I want you to feel comfortable. You can feel free to come as you please with no commitment. The aim is that you will love my classes so much you will try to come often with no pressure!
you charge to take a class?
I want to keep students coming back, so I strive to keep the cost low at $5 per class. If you are a current member of Grappling Mastery, then you receive a $1 discount per class. To help save a little more, I offer a class punch cards. This option is meant to simplify your life and make a quicker class check in. I also accept credit cards via my iPhone card reader.
there an age limit for Zumba?
Age is NEVER an issue, I have had students of all ages (6-80’s) participate in Zumba. The nice thing about Zumba is every move can be modified to accommodate any level. I will right there with you, making sure each student is getting the most out of the class at a comfortable and safe level.
haven't exercised in a long time, can I still attend your class?
Yes of course, you have to start somewhere. People of all fitness levels attend Zumba classes. You can keep all the moves low intensity. I have had all ages (6-80’s) in the same class with every ability level possible. The great thing about Zumba is you only work as hard as you want to, you set your own pace. Two people in the same class could do the same steps and one may not even break a sweat, while the other is drenched. You only get out of it want you want to put into it. Can’t handle high impact? No problem, as your instructor I will always demonstrate a low impact option. Need a break? That’s fine too- just march in place or do your own thing until you’re ready to get back at it.
no coordination between my arms and legs, will I still be able to do Zumba?
As long as you are not afraid to try, you can certainly do Zumba. Forget about how you look! Everyone is too busy worrying about what they are doing to notice what you are up to! It’s a workout designed to be fun, it’s not a structured dance class like the tango or waltz, so there is no need to worry about learning steps. Also, the moves are repeated several times and are very easy to follow. There is no right or wrong way to Zumba so if you are doing a slightly different move it doesn't matter... just enjoy it.
if I can't get the steps right away?
Actually, nobody gets all the steps right away! Don't worry, though, the routines are designed so you can get a good workout even if it is your very first Zumba class!
You don't have to be a professional dancer or have Latin genes to Zumba. The steps are very easy to follow and once you see the basic moves for each rhythm, which repeat often, you'll catch on. The songs are repeated, so you'll have plenty of opportunity to practice. Even if you think are "a complete klutz!" – you will eventually learn the routines! And if you don't - who cares - DANCE!!
Don't worry about others watching you… having been to years of Zumba classes, everyone is so focused on getting into the music, no one will even see what you are doing! The most important thing is to just move, have fun and don't take it too seriously!
Focus on the feet first, then the arms, then the hips… the rest will follow! It gets easier with every class! Remember, Zumba was created so that anyone and everyone can do it!
Is Zumba the same as high impact aerobics?
You can burn up to 1000 calories doing an hour of Zumba, so you can certainly work as hard as you would in a high impact aerobics class. However, the reason why Zumba is so great and is suitable for all levels, is because you work within a range of movement that is safe and comfortable for yourself.
I am pregnant can I do Zumba?
As long as you get the ok from your doctor, its fine for you to take part in a Zumba class, you can go at your own pace. Obviously, there will be some exercises that will not be suitable, but a quick word with your instructor will put your mind at ease.
a problem with my knees/back can I still do Zumba?
Zumba covers a variety of moves, however, if you let your instructor know about any ailments/injuries you may have and they will give you alternative exercises to do.
lose weight doing Zumba?
Oh, the golden question... The answer is; if you follow a healthy eating plan, and attend at least two Zumba classes a week, you will definitely lose weight. (Yes, I mean it and I purposely put "definitely" in bold italics)
classes mixed, Men and women?
Zumba is suitable for both men and women, the more, the merrier. I know women that are hesitant to take class unless it is all women. I know men that are too embarrassed to dance in front of women. Let me just say this; my classes are meant to be fun and as far from serious as we can get. If we are laughing and burning calories then I have done my job. My class will create great bonds, making new friends and becoming a Zumba family that will last. So, I ask that you shed your worries at the door and trust me to lead you in a Zumba party that will be enjoyable and fulfilling.
Are the classes the same?
I will change some songs every few weeks, but the steps and rhythms remain similar, so it's never boring, and not too difficult. I want you to be comfortable, but still add new things. I welcome song suggestions from students anytime so let me know if there's something you'd like to hear.
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- Zumba Basic
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