My gym advertises Zumba classes all the time. Zumba, sounds like a strain of flesh eating disease to me, but apparently it’s great a mix of aerobics and Latin dance. Heather Newman of The Detroit Free Press investigates:
"It truly feels like you're dancing with your friends," said Lori Fera, 24, of Farmington Hills. She loves Zumba classes so much she's training to be an instructor. "Everyone's laughing and talking and having a good time. I started going to it and got addicted."Now, as much as I love an intense workout, I am way too uncoordinated and dorky to handle this. Do any of you Zumba?
Zumba is a hot fusion of Latin dance and floor aerobics, and it's hitting fitness clubs and YMCAs and recreation centers all over metro Detroit. Invented in Colombia in the 1990s when aerobics instructor Beto Perez forgot his music and had to use the salsa tapes he had in his car, Zumba invaded the United States in 1999. It's not quite a dance class, not quite aerobics, but something very fast-paced and hip-heavy in between…
…In practice, Zumba is like an interval workout, said instructor Debbie Lim: You alternate high impact with low, and the enforced breaks of a couple of seconds between songs give people a chance to rest briefly.
Steven Keteyian, program director of preventive cardiology at Henry Ford Hospital, said the classes are appropriate for men younger than 40-45 and women younger than 50-55 who don't have any health risks.
If you're older, or have preexisting conditions -- back pain, osteoarthritis, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, history of stroke or heart disease -- you know the drill. Check with your doctor first.