The first wave of the Latin-music workout trend came to an end when doctors found that exercising to Gregorian chants resulted in heart rates below those of people resting. Get your heart pumping to higher energy beats with today's Groupon: for $15, you get four one-hour Zumba classes (a $48 value) at Atlanta Zumba Dance.
Helmed by Zumba-certified instructors Nahari and Faaridah, Atlanta Zumba Dance leads students through cardio-interval and resistance routines that simultaneously burn calories and sculpt muscles. Developed by celebrity fitness trainer "Beto" Perez, the fun Zumba exercise style focuses on simple movements, dance steps, and strength exercises set to Latin and international music. Alternating between fast and slow beats not only helps to increase endurance but also temporarily confuses the cardiovascular system so that it's more likely to believe that it owes you a month's worth of lunch money. Classes can be scaled to any fitness level depending on the amount of effort put into the moves, with some Zumba-ers able to burn more than 400 calories per class. Atlanta Zumba Dance typically offers classes on Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Atlanta Zumba Dance
No one has ever trained for the lead in Swan Lake just to tighten their abs, but dancers, choreographers, and Atlanta Zumba Dance instructors Faaridah and Nahari both agree that it comes with the territory. That’s why they’ve channeled their experiences in the performing arts into a platform for dance-based fitness instruction. Faaridah was particularly drawn to Zumba because of her Caribbean and Hispanic heritage, and Nahari has been a student of Middle Eastern dances for nearly a decade, so their curriculum of Zumba and belly dancing was a natural fit.
Students can shed pounds and throw on their shiniest layer of sweat during Zumba classes, a 60-minute dance-based aerobic workout with easy-to-follow choreography performed to a soundtrack of Latin rhythms. The dance moves are an amalgam of styles that includes elements of salsa, cha-cha, merengue, flamenco, and tango. Classes at Atlanta Zumba Dance always begin with a warm-up, followed by intervals of faster and slower tempos. Visits conclude with a cool-down and stretch session. In addition to group classes, patrons may rent the studio for a private-lesson Zumba party or to spin around in an office chair without anyone telling them that they’ll get sick.
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