What is ZUMBA?

ZUMBA is a dance workout founded in 2001 by Alberto “Beto” Perez. It incorporates dance steps from all over the world and adds fitness moves to get your heartbeat up! According to the official ZUMBA.com website, 185 countries are participating in this world wide party!

Is ZUMBA really a workout?

Not all of us are born to run on a tread mill. Certainly not all of us are born to be football players or the next NBA star. Most of us hate counting calories and some even refuse to go inside a gym. What are they afraid of? They are afraid to be the largest person in the room, the slowest person on an elliptical and that person who can’t even lift a 5 pound weight. But isn’t going to a gym and going on crazy diets what we are supposed to do to get fit? A person who hates sports will always hate their daily work out right? Not necessarily. How would you feel if you enjoyed going to sweat? If you danced to a rhythm that kept your feet moving so fast…you didn’t even notice you got a work out until the next morning! That’s the goal of ZUMBA. But it is really a work out? Let’s do some math.

According to howmanyarethere.org, a website built on calculating the amount of calories an individual burns doing a type of physical exercise; a 150 pound person can burn approximately 430 calories in a 60 minute ZUMBA session. That’s a lot of calories.

Does ZUMBA mean anything?

No, the word ZUMBA does not mean anything. It was a word invented by the creator, Alberto “Beto” Perez. However, a participant of the ZUMBA culture could argue that ZUMBA represents a group of people letting go of their worries to dance to the rhythm of music from around the world. The following was taken directly from the official ZUMBA website.

“The word ZUMBA® was coined by our company, and is an arbitrary or fanciful word we selected as the original brand name that identifies Zumba Fitness’ dance fitness programs and related products,” ZUMBA.com.

Where do I begin?

For those readers not interested in making a move into a public ZUMBA class or for those wanting to save a few dollars, ZUMBA can be done with a computer in your own home. You don’t have to buy the latest DVDs, even though they are extremely helpful. Just log onto YouTube, lock your bedroom door, close the blinds, and dance away! That’s right, ZUMBA instructors use YouTube to advertise their classes. So don’t be shy, click away. If you like the music, Pandora.com, ITunes and the ZUMBA.com website will be sure to have your favorite ZUMBA jam. Don’t worry too much about the steps at first, just have fun. In my next blog I will review the steps and styles of ZUMBA. Until then, for those adventurous readers ready to jump into the game, try looking up local instructors on the official website.


Links to YouTube Videos

Video one:  Official ZUMBA fitness video


Video two: Male instructor teaching a routine.


Video three: Female instructor teaching a routine.