This Fall I'm taking a Zumba class at Portland State University and I love it! Its definitely kicking my butt - I am always sore after the class for at least a couple of days, yet I am having so much fun with it.
What is Zumba? It is a latin-inspired dance fitness class that will definitely make you sweat. Here is how it came to be:
"Celebrity fitness trainer, "Beto" Perez, stumbled upon the concept of Latin-inspired dance-fitness in his native Cali, Colombia in the mid-‘90s.
One day, he walked into his aerobics class and realized he had forgotten his aerobics music. Thinking quickly, he grabbed whatever tapes he had in his backpack. Beto's tapes were comprised of songs he loved, the traditional Latin salsa and merengue music he listened to all his life. But it was a challenge to improvise a whole class on the spot using non-traditional aerobics music. Beto rose to the challenge and from this last-minute improvisation a revolutionary new concept in fitness was born – the Zumba Fitness-Party™! The class soon became the most popular class at his fitness facility and then spread around the world."
And here is an example of it in action:
And Zumba in the news: