Have Fun While You Exercise with Zumba

My friends know how much I hate working out. I complain and complain about it, and I’m sure they get tired of hearing about it. Well, one of my best friends recently told me about Zumba…and I think I might be in love.

Zumba incorporates Latin dance moves into the workout to make a challenging yet extremely fun activity. The majority of Zumba routines consist of interval training where fast and slow rhythms are combined with resistance training for an overall toning and fat-burning workout.

According to the official Zumba website, the program is “being taught at over 60,000 locations in 105 countries, has sold millions of DVDs, and has changed the lives of Zumba fanatics worldwide with an astonishing 7.5 million participants taking Zumba classes every week.” So it seems as though I’m definitely not the first to find out about Zumba.

But what’s the history of Zumba?

Zumba began with fitness trainer “Beto” Perez in the mid-1990s. After forgetting his aerobics music to an aerobics class in Colombia, Beto pulled out whatever music he had with him—it turned out to be traditional Latin music. While improvising the class, Beto realized that a new concept was born—the concept of Zumba.

Beto brought Zumba to the United States in 1999, and in 2001, he signed on with entrepreneurs Alberto Perlman and Alberto Aghion to create a company based on the fitness philosophy of Zumba. In 2005, the Zumba Academy was established to teach fitness instructors how to properly lead Zumba classes.

Here it is, 2010, and Zumba has blown up. Videos are available everywhere. Classes are available almost everywhere. And people are having more fun working out with Zumba than ever before.

Thank goodness that Beto forgot his aerobics tape to that class over a decade ago!

(Image Source: Zumba Minnesota)


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