The fitness dance Zumba places high demands on the musculoskeletal system and is therefore considered a highly effective workout. This is also confirmed by sports physicians. Dr. Perikles Simon, head of sports medicine at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, states at gesundheit.de, "through the flexible movements while dancing, not only the large muscle groups are addressed, but also smaller muscle groups, which are especially important for the stabilization of the torso". Zumba is therefore suitable for preventing back pain. At the same time, it gets the cardiovascular system going and trains coordination.
Why Zumba dancing is so sweaty and demanding is best understood when you have tried it yourself.
Due to the high intensity of the rhythmic movements, Zumba burns a lot of calories. Those who want to lose weight are therefore in the right place in the courses. Depending on the physical constitution and program, a consumption of up to 1,000 calories per hour is considered realistic.
Zumba is a group sport, courses of different types are available in almost all major fitness studios. Since you always dance and train with like-minded people, a very special pull is created. While the lone fighter on the treadmill or strength training on the machines must always overcome anew, the anticipation of the next workout drives the Zumba athletes almost by itself back to the gym.
The combination of dance and sport, rhythm, music and hard workout stands for pure joy of life. Taking part in the course is fun, and at the same time the participants quickly feel the positive effect on health and fitness. Unlike boot camp or other HIIT training, Zumba is a more playful way to train your body.
With Zumba there are two ways of variation, so this form of fitness and strength training in the gym will not be boring so quickly. On the one hand, there are different variations of the dance itself, for example Zumba Sentao, in which a chair is included in the workout. On the other hand, there is always the possibility to qualify as a Zumba instructor and thus perhaps hold training courses yourself.
In the gym, anyone interested in Zumba should be able to find the right group of participants for them. For example, Zumba Gold is primarily aimed at older participants, while Zumbatomic is aimed at the younger target group of under-twelve-year-olds. Another special feature is that Zumba classes in Germany - unlike in South and North America - are primarily taken by women. Many of the ladies enjoy escaping prying eyes here.
Avowed Zumba fans can openly display their love for their sport. Over the years, an independent fashion style has developed that clearly shows the joie de vivre and enthusiasm for the fitness trend: loose cut, fresh, often bright colours, plus the Zumba logo. Of course, there's also the matching shoes, which for sporty reasons largely do without tread soles.
No other fitness sport is as closely linked to music as Zumba. Many musical styles flow into the Zumba music, for example Raggeaton, Salsa and Merengue but also Flamenco, Mambo, Samba and many more. Each song has its own choreography, which the dancers can also participate in. Zumba fans can also purchase the songs of the season on CD / DVD and become active at home or at parties beyond the gym.
The common fun and the dancing pleasure are in the foreground with Zumba. Thanks to the Latin American rhythms, there is a party atmosphere despite the hard workout. This feeling also carries over after the courses. The affinity of the participants leads to new contacts and new friendships. With Zumba, socialising is the order of the day.
For some, Zumba is the ideal balance to the sedentary work at work, for others to the strictly timed strength training on the fitness equipment. Dancing clears your head and gives you new energy for life. And in addition you burn a lot of calories. The strengthening of the health refers thus to spirit and body. Zumba not only prevents back pain and damaged intervertebral discs, but also the feeling of stress and a possible burnout.