Join the new trend: zumba!

Exercise, fun and lots of dancing at the same time. Is it possible?

Dance and intensive located physical exercise wasn’t at our reach until very recently. At least, not as effectively as it came to be from the mid-90s of the 20º century. In Colombia, the dancer and choreographer Alberto “Beto” Perez created a sport discipline, full of intense Latin rhythms, and since then his Zumba has growing.

But after all, what is Zumba all about? Fusing hip-hop, samba, salsa, merengue and other Latin styles, this dance focuses on muscle conditioning, compelling practitioners (this is a very sought-after practice among women) to work every muscle in your body, ensuring fun while promoting physical fitness.

This modality was born as the result of an accident, “Beto” Perez forgot the cassette with the music prepared to an aerobics class that he would be teaching within a few minutes. So he improvised and put his students dancing to the sound of salsa. Visibly pleased with the outcome of that session, he thought it was a future alternative. And he was right: nowadays, it is estimated that there are over 15 million Zumba practitioners, spread over 180 countries. The name, it was as random as the occasion that originated it.

It is known that the Zumba is one the most complete fitness exercises because while highly effective in burning calories, it also tones muscles, shaping them, and significantly improving cardiovascular health. The classes last usually about an hour and merge more and more genres, since what truly matters are the pace and “danceable” nature of the class.

As you can see, there is no reason not to try it.

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