If you haven’t heard of this non-stop cardio dance class, you must be sleeping under a rock. A mashup of Hindi, Arabic, American, African, and Latin beats, the music and choreography can boost your metabolism, burn off extra fat, and whip your body into shape. Founded in 2001, Zumba has become the world’s largest and most successful dance-fitness program with more than 12 million people of all shapes, sizes, and ages taking classes all over the world. The class moves to both fast and slow rhythms, as many of the techniques originate from Colombian dancer and choreographer Alberto “Beto” Perez. If you haven’t tried a Zumba class, why wait? It seems like anyone with a remote interest in Latin-inspired dance movements would enjoy this innovative and fun form of exercise.

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  1. I have done them all except for the pole dancing class and I loved them all! Zumba is great depending on the teacher you have – my first Zumba teacher used a lot of Regeaton and it was AWESOME but other teachers have use crap music like flamenco. African is fun but it can be hard on your back if you don”t do it right. I love hip hop so long as it isn’t old school hip hop classes. Capoeira was cool but I prefer to samba my weight off!

  2. just to add a number six: SOCACIZE!!!!!!

  3. Ddon’t forget the Kukuwa African Dance Workout

  4. Zumba is a GREAT way to lose weight or to stay fit! i took zumba to supplement my martial arts training. i’ve added more flow and rythem to my kata’s because of Zumba! also maintaining my weight helps with my speed and endurance for sparring. if you’re not afraid to sweat give Zumba try! its a fun workout for all ages (youth and adults classes available) and all sizes (you dont have to be super skinny or wear skimpy clothes)! Warning: Zumba can become addictive! i cant imagine going a week w/out taking my class.

  5. I agree Zumba is great and addictive. I have the DVD’s and toning sticks. Can you say awesome….. I’m up every morning trying to decided which DVD to exercise to. My next challenge will be Pole Dancing….

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