4 Reasons to Get Your Zumba On in 2015

by Allen Gil January 14, 2015

4 Reasons to Get Your Zumba On in 2015

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Looking to kick-start 2015 with a workout that’s fast-paced, sexy and anything but boring? Make Zumba (a workout inspired by Latin dance moves) part of your cardio mix! Yes, even all of you 35-year-old moms who are stuck in that treadmill rut and think Zumba is only for 20-year-olds, I'm here to prove you wrong.

Here are four reasons you should try Zumba in 2015:

It's Fun

Unlike the treadmill/ elliptical/ Stairmaster where you find yourself grudgingly beholden to the dashboard, (“Only 1.2 miles so far? Seriously??”) your Zumba class will fly by. The moves are fast-paced and quickly changing, keeping you on your toes and helping you achieve a higher calorie burn.

Not coordinated enough? Neither is half the class

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Zumba instructor Jeli Cosas explains,

“There’s no such thing as the wrong foot or the wrong direction. It’s not like one of those 80’s-inspired aerobics classes where it’s all about doing exactly what the instructor is doing. It’s about enjoying the music and having a good time.”
She tells her students—who range from high-schoolers to retirees—that if they’d rather do a different move than the one she’s doing, that she just calls it a dance solo! 

Feel like an 18-year-old clubber again

Wouldn’t it be fun to briefly head back to your past life, when you could just hit the town with your girlfriends for the night and dance til' 2 A.M., minus the sweaty, beer-soaked men trying to grope you? Me too.

Re-claim your torso

Maybe your torso isn’t as taut as you’d like after having kids, having a few too many drinks or let’s face it, entering your 30s. Zumba is guaranteed to tighten up your midsection.

All you really have to do in Zumba is pretend you’re Jennifer Grey doing Johnny’s mambo. Shimmy your shoulders, shake your hips and visualize Patrick Swayze meeting your gaze!

Maximize your results with these tips

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Zumba guru, Jeli Cosas offers a few tips to maximize your Zumba experience:

Add toning

She incorporates non-weighted strength training moves in her routines to achieve cardio and strength training in one workout. “As soon as you put squats and lunges to a beat, they become much less tedious. Who would argue with that?!”

Mix in different muscle groups

She recommends instructors mix movements for different muscle groups so their students leave feeling like they engaged their whole bodies, rather than the single repetitive motions of a treadmill or Stairmaster. “Arms often get neglected. I make sure to do one song each for arms, legs, and abs.”

Use sign-language

“As instructors, we’re taught to rely primarily on ‘sign language’ rather than verbal cues as a method of instruction. It’s not about flawlessly following a certain technique; it’s about the interpretation of each individual.”

Here’s to 2015 being anything but boring!

Allen Gil
Allen Gil


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