Class Basics: Zumba

Zumba is a cardio dance work out, often referred to as a “dance fitness party." The class instructor will lead you in Latin-inspired dance steps choreographed to music, but you’re free to add your own personal style.

Three Key Things to Remember

1. You don’t have to be a good dancer. As long as you’re moving, you’re doing it right. There will be all levels of dance talent in the room. Don’t compare yourself to others. You’re all there for the same reason - to get a good workout. 

2. The moves will get easier the more you go to class. Each hour long class is broken down by song, and each song will have a different dance routine. Many dance moves are repeated throughout the routines, so you’ll learn by repetition, and the steps will start coming easier to you after a few classes. Don’t worry about getting the steps right the first time, or even the second, third or fourth time. Just go, move and have fun.

3. Bring your personality and express yourself. While you’ll learn the proper dance steps over time, Zumba leaves room for interpretation. You don’t have to move exactly like the instructor if your body is feeling something different.

Common Zumba Movements

There are four basic Zumba steps that incorporate a cardiovascular workout with interval training and strength movements to build endurance and maximize calorie burn. All of these steps are combined with interval training and cardiovascular strength to create a calorie-burning workout:

1. Salsa
The “hot and spicy” Salsa dance is characterized by a series of hip movements.

2. Merengue
Merengue dance is characterized by a series of side steps. It can either be beautifully simple or quick and energizing.

3. Reggaeton
Simply put, Reggaeton is Latin hip-hop.

4. Cumbia
Cumbia is commonly referred to as the mother of all Latin music. The dance is often performed in a circular pattern.

What to Bring to Zumba

1. A water bottle
One of the perks of Zumba is that you’ll be having so much fun, you won’t notice how much you’re sweating until each song ends. Bring a water bottle to keep yourself hydrated through the class.

2. A towel
Trust us, you’ll want something to dry off with between songs and after the class.

3. Comfortable shoes
Because Zumba requires a lot of pivoting and turning, be sure to wear worn-in shoes that don’t have too much tread. Dance shoes and sneakers are a safe bet for Zumba attire.

4. Moisture wicking clothes
Have we mentioned that this is a more intense workout than you’re expecting? Moisture wicking clothes will help you stay cool while dancing.

5. A positive attitude
Zumba only works when you let yourself lower your inhibitions and dance your heart out. Keep a positive attitude through the whole class, even if you make a few missteps.

Zumba Classes Near Me

Excited to move to the rhythm in a Zumba class? Find a Zumba class near you at your local Fitworks!

Check out our class schedule. We look forward to seeing you at the next Zumba class.