How Long Has Zumba Been Around?

By Joy Johnston

Zumba Fitness has developed into a wildly successful program all around the world. Zumba features aerobic exercise and dance moves performed to high-energy international music such as cumbia, merengue, salsa, reggaeton, mambo, rumba, flamenco and hip hop. Doing Zumba regularly is an effective calorie-burner and helps lift your spirits. Zumba is suitable for a variety of fitness levels; check with your doctor if you have any concerns before taking a class.


Zumba Fitness was founded in 2001 by Alberto Perlman, Alberto Perez and Alberto Aghion. The concept of Zumba hails from Colombia but Zumba Fitness is headquartered in Florida. Zumba is performed at over 70,000 locations in the United States alone and approximately 95 percent of large gym chains offer Zumba classes. Zumba Fitness was named “Company of the Year” in 2012 by “Inc.” magazine.


Zumba is available in a variety of formats to accommodate a range of age and fitness levels. To help kids get exercise while having fun, there are three different classes: Zumbini for kids up to age 3, Zumba Kids Jr. for ages 4 to 6 and Zumba Kids for ages 7 to 11. Zumba Fitness is the original class appropriate for teens and adults. If you are seeking a muscle toning boost, Zumba Toning incorporates Toning Sticks to help sculpt your arms, abs and thighs. If you prefer lower-impact exercise performed in the water, Aqua Zumba is the class for you. Seniors can enjoy a mid-tempo workout with Zumba Gold.


Zumba offers an intense cardio workout while also providing muscle toning opportunities. A 150-pound person can burn over 500 calories during a one-hour Zumba session. Zumba helps relieve stress and lift your spirits because of its infectious positive vibe and energizing music. Zumba Fitness offers DVDs so you can perform Zumba at home or when you travel. Because Zumba is fun to perform and suitable for all fitness levels, it is the ideal exercise class to attend with friends. Working out with friends helps you stay accountable and focused on your fitness goals.


It is easy to overexert yourself while trying to keep up with the high-energy Zumba routine, especially when first attempting the fitness program. Wear breathable and comfortable fitness wear and cross-trainer or dance shoes. To reduce injury risk, avoid running shoes with thick treads that impede quick, lateral foot movement. Be prepared to sweat -- stay hydrated to avoid dehydration and muscle cramping. Only attend classes taught by authorized Zumba instructors.


About the Author

Joy Johnston has been an online journalist since 2005. She has served as senior producer for the health news website Sharecare and as a digital producer for the "Atlanta Journal-Constitution," where she helped develop the health channel. Johnston has also covered ways to stay fit in Atlanta.

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