Virtually all of us love music. That’s why so many fitness buffs love Zumba. article, photo article, photo

Zumba and music are siblings that get along great, dress up and party together.

Are you a female athlete looking to upgrade your fitness routine with some fun? If you haven’t tried Zumba, then you’re missing out.

Zumba is a dance fitness program created by Colombian dancer and choreographer Alberto “Beto” Perez during the 1990s.

Zumba is a trademark owned by Zumba Fitness, LLC. The Brazilian pop singer Claudia Leitte has become the international ambassador to Zumba Fitness. article, photo found at article, photo found at

According to, “Zumba isn’t just about dancing anymore. The famous exercise brand has ventured into new territory with a new program called Strong by Zumba. Strong by Zumba is a high intensity interval class — think burpees, pushups, and other high-impact moves — that’s synced to specific music. After all, Zumba is all about the music.

Though some traditional Zumba dance-style classes can certainly be heart rate-pumping and sweat-inducing, Zumba has been known for being approachable rather than forcing people to cry while they chisel their bodies. Unlike much of its current gym class competition, it isn’t threatening, elitist, or characterized by grueling instructors.”

Zumba is fun. Working out should be fun, shouldn’t it? article, photo article, photo

So if Zumba and music are sisters, it appears that mom just had another baby for the girls to play and bond with.

As shared by, “The American Council on Exercise (ACE) and global fitness brand Zumba have formed an exciting partnership designed to elevate and inform the groundbreaking instruction delivered daily by thousands of licensed Zumba® instructors across the world. The partnership will benefit licensed Zumba® instructors who train in Zumba’s new group exercise program, STRONG by Zumba™. The highly anticipated, non-dance workout is a music-led, HIIT inspired program that focuses on Synced Music Motivation to deliver an overall body transformation with improved muscular definition and high caloric burn. article, photo article, photo

By partnering with Zumba, ACE is applying its three decades of science-based research and reputation as the gold standard industry-wide, by giving Zumba Instructors the tools and education to enhance their knowledge and overall teaching. ACE hopes to reinforce the quality and safety of instruction in STRONG by Zumba™ classes, and is offering preferred pricing on its NCCA-accredited Group Fitness Instructor Certification to licensed STRONG by Zumba™ instructors worldwide.

ACE President and CEO Scott Goudeseune remarked, “The opportunity to work so closely with an inspiring fitness brand like Zumba will allow ACE to dramatically increase the reach and impact of our mission. Our hope is that anyone interested in group exercise will be able to enjoy a fitness experience that is fun, effective, memorable and high quality.”

“As innovators of education and exercise, we focus on opportunities for instructors in our Zumba Instructor Network (ZIN™) that will expand their knowledge, education and overall fitness journey, as they build their careers within the fitness industry,” said Darren Jacobson, SVP of Instructor Programming at Zumba. “Partnerships like this highlight our commitment to continuing education and supporting our instructors with their thirst for knowledge. We have one goal in mind, and that is to aid our community in being successful and inspiring fitness leaders.”

The ACE Pro Advantage for Zumba Instructors Study Program is designed to serve as a comprehensive resource for both new and veteran instructors, bringing the core concepts of group fitness to life with engaging videos, podcasts, expert-led webinars, and the all-new ACE Group Fitness Instructor Handbook in eBook format. The study program will take participants step-by-step through the theory and practical application of exercise programming, class design, music selection, in-class feedback skills, programming for lower back health, and applying the ACE Integrated Fitness Training® Model to group fitness.”

The nonprofit organization American Council on Exercise (ACE) educates, certifies, and represents more than 60,000 currently certified fitness professionals, health coaches and other allied health professionals. ACE advocates for a new intersection of fitness and healthcare, bringing the highly qualified professionals ACE represents into the healthcare continuum so they can contribute to the national solution to physical inactivity and obesity.

Health and fitness is a very personal issue. article, photo article, photo

Let’s personalize the subject by viewing Zumba from the vantage point of a guest speaker. article, photo article, photo

Learning Zumba As An Effective Workout

March 11, 2016, By VS Singh

Dance is a popular form of exercise including rhythmic sounds that tap into mental and physical expression and creativity. Zumba as a fitness program introduces a blend of Latin American and international moves progressing through moderate to fast paced activity. The aerobic approach is a fun and stimulating way to engage the entire musculoskeletal system in a rewarding and fun health program.

Dancing your way to health and fitness makes it easier to commit to a workout regime on a regular basis. Whether a seasoned athlete or mature adult interested in dance as a form of exercise, Zumba caters to all training requirements at different levels of experience and intensities. Most describe the engaging dance sessions as more of a fun and entertaining celebration rather than an exercise program.

The Latin based dance regime owes its popularity to its sensual movements, high level of bounces and crunches that target core bodily components. Music includes salsa and flamenco rhythms allowing one to groove to choreographed steps taught by a professional instructor. Anyone can benefit from these styles of exercises with classes catering to the needs of older adults at a moderate pace or intensive programs that aim to work up a sweat. article, photo article, photo

Whether or not you have rhythm, the sessions are designed to introduce each step and to combine a set of movements for a real workout. The classes have been created to provide a high level of calorie burning features within 60 minutes of training. Participants can expect improvements in tone, muscle strength, energy, and flexibility in regular activities and traditional exercise.

Zumba and dance fitness training taught by experienced instructors can assist in reaching weight loss goals more effectively and efficiently. The fat burning and body toning regimes are developed to engage muscles and joints for enhanced core strength and cardiovascular endurance. The elimination of a set and structured way of performing exercise, makes dancing a fun and highly stimulating means of working towards wellness.

Different intensity levels are available for beginners and more progressive exercise programs. Specialized classes can assist in taking fitness to new heights introducing a combination of intensive training with routine exercises. Incorporating variety into a health plan and workout regimen stimulates the muscles and tissues for faster results.

Group classes performed in a fitness center add a beneficial social aspect to exercising. Zumba dance focuses on improving energy levels and physicality regardless of general fitness. A reputable instructor can advise on the programs suitable for individual health needs and goals.

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