Zumba Fitness

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Zumba Fitness the real deal

With its millions of people sweating it out on upbeat latino tunes, Zumba fitness has definitely left its mark on the fitness scene. For better or worse.

If you’ve ever walked in a traditional gym, you’ve probably noticed that some space – sometimes even full floors – is dedicated to group training with programs ranging from spinning classes to Tae Bo-inspired workouts. Fitness enthusiasts and weekend warriors alike are hungry for variety and always on the lookout for new, hopefully revolutionary ways to lose unwanted pounds with a minimum of effort.

The Zumba fitness craze is a testament to this : easy to pick and hard to put down, zumba classes mix dance with fitness moves seamlessly in an attempt to make the classes less hard for beginners, more fun and seemingly less taxing on the body. Although I’d love to sing its praises, there are a few things about that conga-driven fad that bother me.

Hard on the joints

Whether it’s merengue, reggaeton or salsaton, Zumba will have you jump around like it’s 1992 all over again. Needless to say, this constant stress on the knees and ankles is not exactly good for your joints. Besides, Zumba sessions typically last about 60 minutes and involve deep lunges, ankle twists and other rhythm-laced moves that will give your physiotherapist night sweats.

The issue is not intensity here, but duration: working out for 60 minutes using a variety of exercices and balancing upper and lower body is perfectly fine even for people with weak joints. Problems arise when you spend a whole hour doing the same moves, however often the music style you’re doing those moves on changes.

I don’t deny it, a Zumba training session will get your heart pumping and your feet stomping. But is it enough to warrant and effective and efficient work out ?

This training method focuses heavily on cardio-vascular stress to promote fat loss. What its conceptors forgot though, is the importance of resistance. After a month or two of zumba training you will have become a club (or ballroom) legend with your limitless moves and swag, but you’ll also have stagnated a big deal in the muscle toning department.

Aside from involving pretty much only your legs and heart during the work out, Zumba will leave the rest of your body intact of any stress. You won’t feel any soreness in the upper body afterwards and I can guarantee that common problems areas like tricpes in women or abdomen in men are largely left unaddressed.

Bootcamps have you covered

Although it’s very tempting to try something new like Zumba, I would advise you to rather stick to tried and true methods. Our Bootcamps combine the full spectrum of fitness exercises and you will get a much bigger bang for your buck. Functional training, plyometrics, pure cardio, body weight resistance…It’s all there in our bootcamps! I know I might come across as reactionary and rigid, for once I don’t really mind: Zumba fitness is not what you need if you’re looking for solid, long-term results.

Pay us a visit and we’ll happily discuss with you what type of training suits you best.

Contact the Aspire Club or any of the personal trainers and fitness coaches at Fitcorp Asia in Bangkok on 02 229 4114 or email us

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Curves Circuit With Zumba Fitness Is An Amazing Workout

Curves Circuit with Zumba Fitness is said to be the perfect workout, and its being powered by Curves International, the global leader in womens fitness, and Zumba, the global dance-fitness experts. The two companies have helped millions of people worldwide lose weight and get in shape. Now they have partnered on a unique workout that combines the best of both worlds.

Its called Curves Circuit with Zumba Fitness and its the only 30-minute class that mixes the moves of Zumba with the proven strength training of Curves for one wildly effective workout.

Curves Circuit with Zumba Fitness is the only muscle-blasting, fat-burning, happy-dance-feet workout combining strength training and cardio to burn up to 500 calories in just 30 minutes.

“Curves Circuit with Zumba Fitness is an amazing workout, said Curves co-founder and CEO Gary Heavin. It combines Curves strength-training programwhich can burn up to 500 calories in just 30 minuteswith fun, energetic Zumba moves. In our pilot testing, our members have absolutely loved it.

Not only is it the perfect workout, its also the perfect partnership.

Right now, 10 million people take a Zumba class weekly and we are working hard to increase this number and create more job opportunities for our instructors, said Alberto Perlman, CEO of Zumba Fitness. By partnering with Curves, we are introducing millions more to the Curves Circuit with Zumba workout while at the same time opening up thousands of new job opportunities for Zumba instructors worldwide.

All ages, fitness levels and dance abilities can participate in and benefit from Curves Circuit with Zumba Fitness classes. During the 30-minute class, participants work out on each Curves strength machine for one minute twice as long as during a traditional Curves workout alternating upper, lower and core muscles. Then, the music cues the participant to change stations on the circuit, and she moves to an area between machines to do Zumba moves for one minute, which tone and sculpt the body while burning fat. A certified Zumba instructor from the Zumba Instructors Network (ZIN) teaches simple, modified Zumba moves from the center of the circuit.

At the end of 30 minutes, participants will have made one trip around the circuit, worked every major muscle group, and achieved a fun, energetic cardio workout ending with a group stretch led by the Zumba instructor.

Look for Curves Circuit with Zumba Fitness classes everywhere. Curves has more than 8,000 locations in nearly 90 countries, while Zumba has ZIN instructors in 110 countries and 90,000 locations

Shake up the circuit with this fun, energetic workout from Curves and Zumba.