3 Reasons You Should Try Zumba More than Once or Even Twice
So you’ve tried Zumba once, and you’re ready to give up. With the upbeat tempos and the fancy footwork involved, it’s no wonder you’re a little bit intimidated after your first class.
The dance fitness phenomenon is inspired by Latin dances including cumbia, merengue, salsa, and samba — as well as Indian, Afro-Caribbean and other styles of dance. People spend lifetimes perfecting just one of those dance disciplines, so you shouldn’t expect to be a master just yet. Not only that, but it burns hundreds of calories per hour — putting you much further ahead than you would be if you stuck with that boring elliptical trainer.
In case you need any other reasons to give Zumba another go, here’s a few others.
1. Different Instructors Have Different Strengths.
Every instructor has his or her specialty. Some focus almost exclusively on Latin rhythms; others opt for reggaeton and hip hop or a wider variety of world dance steps. If you didn’t jive with the moves the first time — or everything seemed too difficult to master — try another instructor, who might focus more on what you enjoy. If it was all together too fast-paced, try a Zumba Gold class to get started.
Differing styles means different music too, so if the music in one class wasn’t your thing, another instructor’s music might be. Granted, if you’re someone who only listens to country music, you’re probably not going to love Zumba.
2. The Vibe Is Different Among Different Groups Of Students.
Remember that English class you loved, only because your best friends were in it? It can be the same with group fitness. When the energy is high and the people are friendly and open in a Zumba class, the time flies by.
3. It Takes Time To Learn The Steps
Zumba’s diverse steps are going to challenge your body to move in ways it might not be accustomed to moving. If you sit at a desk all day, chances are you’ll find the many hip and glute-strengthening exercises to be quite therapeutic — but it takes time to really see improved mobility and flexibility, and to allow your brain to communicate clearly with your feet about what they should be doing!
In other words, give yourself time to adapt and you may be surprised at how much you enjoy this fun form of fitness. In the best-case scenario, you won’t even remember that you’re there to exercise.