Zumba is a Latin-inspired group fitness program that has gained global popularity since its introduction in 2001. It combines elements of cha-cha, salsa, merengue and salsa with belly dance, hip-hop and traditional aerobics. The American Council on Exercise (ACE) reports that more than 12 million people around the world currently participate in a Zumba dance fitness workout each week. If you’ve been wanting to try Zumba but are recovering from an injury or prefer low impact exercise, then Aqua Zumba could be the answer. The Zumba pool party is based on dance moves that have been modified for the pool environment.
What to Expect
Most Aqua Zumba classes are an hour long and begin with a simple warm up that includes like jumping jacks and jogging and then transition into dance movement. Class members stand in chest-deep water while the Aqua Zumba instructor leads class from the pool deck. Besides teaching the class the dance steps, the instructor will provide tips on maximizing the benefits of water resistance, such as cupping the hands when moving them through the water. The instructor will also provide alternate movement suggestions for some of the more complicated dance steps. Like traditional Zumba Dance Parties, you’ll work out to an upbeat mix of Latin music and pop dance hits. By the time class ends with a cool down and stretch, you will feel exhilarated and energized.
Ditch the Workout and Take the Plunge
“Ditch the workout and join the party” is the official slogan of Zumba Fitness. Besides being a ton of fun, Zumba has become so popular because it’s very effective. The stretching, twisting and swiveling dance moves that are at the heart of Zumba and Aqua Zumba provide a full-body workout while toning the legs, arms and core.