Your Zumba® Questions Answered!

Can you remember life before Google? We can’t either. And it seems that many of us use this search engine to tell us more about Zumba®. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about the Zumba® program and some tips and advice to quench your curiosity!

 

Is Zumba® good for toning?

Yes! According to researchers at the University of Wisconsin’s Department of Exercise and Sports Science, Zumba® is “good for core strengthening and flexibility gains because there are lots of hip and midsection movements.” You can also try a Zumba® Toning class, specifically designed to work your muscles using movements like squats and handheld weights.

 

Will Zumba® help me learn to dance?

Absolutely! Through Zumba®, you’ll get regular practice core moves to four dance styles: merengue, salsa, cumbia, and reggaeton. Plus, many instructors incorporate a myriad of other styles like samba, hip hop, and dancehall. Because the moves repeat within each song, you have time to learn each one. You’ll be able to adapt the moves you learn to the dance floor in no time!

 

Will Zumba® help me lose weight?

Zumba® provides a full body workout that can burn up to 1000 calories per hour, and we know weight loss occurs when we burn more calories than we consume. So coupled with healthy eating, Zumba® is a great tool for losing weight!

 

Can Zumba® induce labor?

Yes, this is one of the most frequently searched questions about Zumba® on Google! While there is no widely accepted research that suggests taking a Zumba® class will induce labor, there is a belief that dancing can help prepare the body for labor. Whether it’s true or not, we enjoyed watching this mom-to-be try to Michael Jackson her baby out.


 

Can Zumba® replace running?

This is more of a personal decision than a scientific one, of course. But a helpful tip is that the Zumba® program was designed to provide intermittent training, which means the intensity of the workout and your heart rate will vary throughout each class. This type of exercise is known to burn more calories than steady-state workouts like jogging at a fixed pace.

 

How does Zumba® improve your health?

The answers are endless, but here are a few specific findings from a 2015 study published by the Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness. After 12 weeks of taking Zumba® classes, study participants lost weight, had decreased body fat percentages, lower blood pressure, and improved cardiovascular capacity. Zumba® is also designed to be a fun fitness party, and happiness and health go hand in hand!

Jennifer Lauren is a Zumba® instructor from New York. She blogs about teaching Zumba® classes and all things fitness at www.TheZBeat.com. You can follow her on Facebook or Twitter.

Jennifer Lauren

Jennifer Lauren is a Zumba® instructor from New York. She blogs about teaching Zumba® classes and all things fitness at www.TheZBeat.com.

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