Having done a lot of massage work, on a lot women over the last couple of months, the one question I normally ask them is “what kind gym work, sports or exercises do you do?” The reason I ask this, is to get an idea of the physical stress they put their bodies under.
Anyhow, a common answer I get to this questions is “Zumba!” I’ve lost count of the amount women who said they now do Zumba.
So what is Zumba?
“Zumba Fitness is the only Latin-inspired dance-fitness program that blends red-hot international music, created by Grammy Award-winning producers, and contagious steps to form a “fitness-party” that is downright addictive.” – Zumba fitness.com
It is the fastest growing and largest dance-fitness class in the world. Within the last 10 years it has spread to over 110,000 locations across more than 125 countries.
Its now VERY big in and around London. With over one and a half million results for the search term “Zumba classes in London,” in Google, and over four million results for just the search term “Zumba London!”
There are now several variations of Zumba including:
Zumba in the Circuit
Word of caution!
Like with any fitness class, work within your own levels of fitness and physical ability. Do not try to keep up with the more advanced participants. If you have any kind of muscular and / or skeletal conditions, such as:
Old unhealed injuries
Chronic postural problems
Chronic muscle tightness
Spinal conditions (slipped disk, disk bulge(s), etc, etc)
Be very careful when doing Zumba or any kind of class for that matter. Sometimes its very tricky for the instructor(s) to see everyones technique if its a large class. Again, work within your own levels of fitness, physical ability and pain (if you have any).
With that said, it does look like a fun, action-packed fitness class to do. If it gets you up off the sofa, then thats a good thing!
If you live in or around the Fulham area, the energie gym, in Fulham, where I currently work out of (doing my massage, etc), runs a Zumba class every Sunday morning at 10.30-11.30 am, taught by Colby Hanks.
Its costs £7.50 for drop-in’s and is free for the gym members. You’re also more than welcome you have a massage from me any time. Just give me a call or text me to arrange (you may need it after all that Zumba exercise).
And remember: the best form of exercise for you, is the one your enjoy doing the most! To finish off, I highly recommend that you apply our health tips along your Zumba exercise.