Like many other great innovations in human history, Zumba too had its beginnings from a mistake. Yeah, you heard it right. Beto Perez, an aerobics instructor in Cali, Columbia, on forgetting his usual music that he used to play in the class, used Latin dance music tapes from his car to take his classes and called it 'Rumbacize'.
The worldwide flight of the dance fitness style happened in 2001, as fitness videos sold via infomercials. The word zumba was decided from the word's similarity to latin American dance style rumba and the letter z instead of r was inspired from his favourite childhood character Zorro.
In 2012, Insight Venture Partners and the Raine Group invested in the venture. The company expanded into class instruction, and by 2015, there were 14 million Zumba students in 186 countries.
Zumba classes are taught by instructors licensed by Zumba Fitness, LLC. In one Zumba class, typically around one hour long, a participant can burn up to 600 kcal, depending on the intensity. The music combines the dance styles of cumbia, salsa, merengue, mambo, flamenco, chachacha, reggaeton, soca, samba, hip hop music, axé music, and tango.
Zumba instructors have the option to become members of the Zumba Instructor Network (ZIN), to receive monthly music and bimonthly training DVDs to assist with the creation of music and choreography for their classes. By 2019, there were more than 100,000 Zumba instructors around the world.
There are ten types of classes, for different levels of age and exertion:
- Zumba Gold — a low-impact, lower-intensity version of a typical Zumba class.
- Zumba Step — a lower-body workout that incorporates Zumba routines and step aerobics with Latin dance rhythms.
- Zumba Toning — for people who do their workouts with toning sticks, targeting the abs, thighs, arms, and other muscles. This type of Zumba class provides participants with a cardio workout and strength training.
- Aqua Zumba — classes held in a swimming pool. The instructor leads the class poolside while participants follow in shallow water. The moves have been adapted to combine the dance movements used in a Zumba Fitness class with those used in aqua fitness classes.
- Zumba in the Circuit — combines dance with circuit training. These classes usually last 30 minutes and feature strength exercises on various stations in timed intervals.
- Zumbatomic, Zumba Kids, and Zumba Kids Jr. — classes designed for children aged 7 to 11 and 4 to 6, respectively.
- Zumba Gold-Toning — a toning class for older participants with the goal of improving muscle strength, posture, mobility, and coordination.
- Zumba Sentao — a chair workout that focuses on using body weight to strengthen and tone the body.
- Strong Nation (formerly Strong by Zumba) — a class launched in 2016 that combines high-intensity interval training with Synced Music Motivation.
- Zumbini — a class for babies and children at the ages of 0–3 years old and their caregivers. Their live classes stream on BabyFirstTV.
- A Plate by Zumba — an e-learning program to learn about healthy eating habits.
Zumba is intended as a total-body cardio and aerobic workout, which provides a large calorie consumption. One 2012 study found that a participant burns 300 to 900 kcal with an hour-long Zumba exercise.
Because Zumba offers different options, proponents of the Zumba program claim that it is safe for all ages, meaning anyone can participate. Some of the classes are specifically aimed at elderly people.
Besides its high calorie burning benefit, Zumba can help lower the risk of heart disease, reduce blood pressure and bad cholesterol, and increase good cholesterol.
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