Zumba is a high-energy fitness program that combines Latin-inspired music and worldly dance moves, infusing the infectious flavors of cumbia, reggaeton, flamenco, and the watusi. With an exercise form that eschews bulky, rigid exercise machines for organic dance moves and booty-moving beats, Zumba students get a fun full-body workout that targets major muscle groups and can burn hundreds of calories in each 60-minute session.
• For $29, you get a ten-class pass good for spinning, yoga, or Pilates classes (a $100 value). • For $49, you get a one-month membership, including a fitness assessment and unlimited yoga classes (a $49 value), the orientation fee (a $29 value), and two personal training sessions (a $51.80 value; a $129.80 total value).
Equipment: Barbells, kettle-bells, Concept2 rowing machines, and gymnastics equipment
Students should bring: Bottle of water, towel, and a positive attitude
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 5–10 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: No
Parking: Parking lot
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
By providing an energizing atmosphere, excellent coaching, and do-able workouts that keep clients motivated. The results will also keep them coming back consistently.
What is the biggest mistake you see people make when trying to get fit on their own?
Usually, people have no direction, no accountability, and unrealistic expectations.
What is a typical session of your program or class like for a student?
It starts with a thorough warm-up and an explantation of the movements. Next, we work through a metabolic conditioning session that combines the proven effectiveness of CrossFit with interval training. We end the session with calisthenics, body sculpting, or core exercises.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
I would advise anyone seeking to get in shape to make their diet a priority and to be consistent with their exercise routine.
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