What Is Zumba?
Zumba is a program first developed by a Columbian native and celebrity trainer to help people to lose weight the fun way. I first saw it plastered all over TV infomercials in the 90’s, and ever since then, it has continued to grow. Now there are gyms across the world that offer Zumba classes, and you can still buy the videos if you feel more comfortable using it in the comfort of your own home.
It requires little instruction, sticking to 4-5 moves at a time repeated over and over again. In other words, you don’t have to pay quite as much attention to get it right, and you are given some leniency as to how you do it.
There are many different levels now, and of course, Zumba has learned that you make more money if you have tools, clothes, and other products to go along with it. So Zumba has introduced new and updated videos, a toning stick, and many other tools that you should use for the “best results.”
It’s been all over different shows, and many of the moves are extremely simple. Obviously, if you use the sticks, you have resistance weighing your arms down, making your arms work a little harder and ideally working the core, or at least so the ads say. From what I’ve seen, I don’t see anybody working up a sweat, because it is not fast enough to get the heart going. But you could obviously speed up your movements.
Consumers seem to be happy with Zumba, and many hardly feel like it is a workout at all. The videos do a good job of breaking complicated moves down into 3 or 4 basic moves that all come together at one time, and obviously, more experience allows you to complete more difficult moves.
Pros of Zumba
• Easy to use
• Breaks it down into 3 or 4 steps
• Consumers enjoy using it
• Has resistance bars for greater results
• Cheaper than the competition
• Can be found in videos or in your gym
Cons of Zumba
• May not be as efficient as the competition
• May not target certain areas