As many of you will know I am a Zumba-addict and you’ll be excited to learn that through the magical power of Zumba I have dropped a dress size and thrown out all my size 16’s!!
I dug out my summer wardrobe last week and found that the linen trousers from last year were like clown pants! So I raced through my wardrobe, trying everything on and found that I am now back down to a pre-pregnancy 14!
So I’ve decided to do a little research into why Zumba is so popular and why it has such an amazing effect on losing weight…
One of the primary reasons is because of its ability to help you lose weight in a way that isn’t boring! Exercise is boring – but Zumba isn’t! Beto Perez (the founder of Zumba) has revolutionized the cardio workout industry, simply by introducing what has now become a certified “dance workout craze”! What makes Zumba so effective is that it utilizes High-Intensity Interval Training better known as HIIT.
“High-intensity interval training (HIIT) or sprint interval training is a training protocol that is intended to improve performance with short training sessions. HIIT is a form of cardio which is beneficial to burning fat in a short and intense workout. Usual HIIT sessions may vary from 15-30 minutes. Most HIIT sessions have a 2:1 ratio in terms of time. For example, for running, a HIIT session may be something as 60 seconds jog, 30 seconds sprint.” (Wikipedia)
In the Zumba dance workout you lose weight because each song is selected for its particular speed. So in the beginning of the class you will find yourself dancing to a slower pace song. Then as the class progresses the songs played have a faster beat – this is what creates the intensity.
So, Dancing makes it fun and High-Intensity Interval Training is what makes it SO effective! The amazing thing is that it seems like the pounds just come off by themselves!
And, if like me, you may find that going to just one class per week is just not enough! The classes are fun and fly-by very quickly, you feel great afterwards and the cost is really quite low! So, I now go 2 or 3 times a week, I even fit in a Zumbathon or two!
Watch out – you too may be commenting here about your Zumba Addiction – find a class here!! And, I’ll keep you posted with news of the descent to a size 12!!