Latin Dance Fitness – High Energy & Low Impact

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Below are answers to the most common questions about Zumba:

What is Zumba?

The name Zumba is derived from a Colombian word meaning to move fast and have fun. Zumba brings Latin music (Salsa, Cha Cha, Tango, Samba, Merengue, Cumbia, Reggaeton, belly dance, hip hop & more) to aerobic dance exercise to create a fun-filled hour of fat-burning. The music is infectious and makes you feel like you are in a Latin nightclub; you can’t help but move to the beat and burn 300 – 800 calories at the same time.
Zumba® is a registered trademark of Zumba Fitness, LLC.

Do I need any dance experience?

No, Zumba combines fun Latin rhythms with basic fitness moves and simple dance steps to create a fun-filled interval training hour.

What shoes do I need?

Any gym shoe, aerobic shoe, or dance shoe/sneaker with very little tread work best for moving and turning.   Also they provide the cushion and medial lateral support needed for side-to-side movements.  Do not wear running shoes or cross-trainers because they are designed for forward motion and have too much tread, which grips the floor.   Any shoe which allows for twisting and turning is suitable.

Where can I find the right shoes?

Any local dance store will carry dance sneakers.  Capezio & Bloch both make excellent dance shoes, with thick, split soles. At Discount Dance Supply (www.discountdance.com) my teacher id is: TP31728 This # will get you an extra discount.

Lately I have begun wearing the ASICS Gel Nimbus because they provide excellent support and cushioning. I combine them with a thick in-sole for comfort.  Other good alternatives include:  Capezio Rockit Dance Sneaker, Nike Musique, & Bloch.

What clothing should I wear?

Loose, comfortable clothing or your favorite dance / exercise clothes.

How long is the class?

Usually 45 to 60 minutes.

Do you stretch?

Yes, I firmly believe that all fitness classes should include a stretch at the beginning and end of every class.

Age requirements?

Minimum age is about 14 to 16 and there is no max.

Is Zumba only for women?

Absolutely not.  Anyone who can walk, can do Zumba.   Men & women are equally welcome.  I have several men in my classes.

How do I sign up?

Call me at 415.518.2202 or email me at Janice@ZumbaContraCosta.com for details.

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