Zumba began in Colombia in the 1990s and was the result of an unexpected event. Back then, popular celebrity fitness trainer Alberto Perez was conducting aerobic classes at a fitness center. He forgot to bring his usual aerobics music along to a class one day. Not wanting to call it off, he improvised by conducting it with the only music he had on hand – Latin music – and conducted the very first Zumba class!
A typical Zumba routine may include choreography or moves from hip-hop, samba, salsa with exercise routines like squats or lunges, and is almost always accompanied by upbeat Latin-inspired songs.
It’s a fairly moderate exercise that helps to get your body moving, in a fun and relaxed environment. Perhaps celebrity Zumba instructor Kass Martin puts it best: “It’s not a competitive program. It’s not about how you look or how you move, it’s about getting active and having fun,”
Today, you’ll find Zumba classes in many gyms, fitness centers and even dance studios. There may even be Zumba classes specially designed for kids or senior citizens.