Zumba – The New Way to Get Physical  

What is Zumba?

Zumba is a new fitness craze that combines the dance moves of traditional Latin dances with aerobic exercise. In other words, Zumba is the new way to get active! Zumba is a type of aerobic high-intensity workout that will get your body moving, blood pumping, and you sweating. Zumba disguises a hard-cardio workout with the fun and high energy of dancing with your friends.

Origin of Zumba 

Where did Zumba originate from? In was invented in the mid-1990s by Beto, a dancer, and choreographer. One day he forgot his music for his aerobics class so he decided to use his Latin music, traditionally used for merengue and salsa, instead. He integrated some traditional Latin dance moves into his aerobics class and Zumba was born!

What is a Zumba class like?

A typical Zumba class usually is 50 to 60 minutes long. The Zumba instructor will be in the front of the class facing the participates. Throughout the class, the participants will mirror the instructor’s moves. The class typically will consist of 10 -12 songs, often mostly Latin-inspired music; however, most Zumba classes include popular music as well. The dance moves are based on basic steps found in salsa, merengue, cumbia, and samba. The dance moves are then integrated with typically cardio and toning moves.

Benefits of Zumba

Why Zumba? Taking Zumba can benefit your body and health in many ways:

  • Weight and fat loss
  • Increased metabolism
  • Sculpted body
  • Quicker reflexes
  • Decreased stress
  • More release of endorphins
  • Increase flexibility
  • Increase immunity

Why take Zumba?

Besides the health benefits listed above, there are many other reasons to try Zumba. First and foremost, Zumba is fun! Zumba incorporates the fun of dancing to popular music into your workout. Many people say that Zumba is so high energy and fun that they forget that they are working out. Zumba may seem difficult, but, don’t worry! The steps are easy to follow and anyone can do Zumba!


Places that offer Zumba in Slo 

If you want to give Zumba a try the best place for Cal Poly students to go is the Cal Poly Recreation center. Usually, Zumba classes are offered 5-6 times a week. Zumba classes are walk-in classes, meaning they are very popular and fill up quickly. We recommend arriving 5-10 minutes early to stretch and claim a good spot! Check the Cal Poly Recreation center class schedules for dates and times.


In Slo, a few gyms and fitness center offer Zumba classes:



  • Equilibrium Fitness for Women


  • Kennedy Club Fitness


Now, go get physical with Zumba!

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