Zumba gets feet moving to upbeat tracks; Pound exercisers keep the beat with drumsticks while performing moves drawn from Pilates and yog
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- C$39 for 10 Zumba or Pound Rockout Workout classes (C$120 value)
- C$59 for 20 Zumba or Pound Rockout Workout classes (C$240 value)
Zumba classes are held Tuesdays from 7:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Pound classes are held Tuesdays from 8:15 p.m. to 9 p.m. Clients must bring their own yoga mat to Pound classes, which blend Pilates, yoga poses, and isometric and plyometric movements into a fat-burning cardio workout that incorporates drumming to music.
Like Pound, Zumba is a peppy, beat-based workout. Read on to learn a little about where it comes from.
Zumba: A Fitness Style on the Move
Because of its tendency to dissolve inhibitions by the time the beat sets in, Zumba has been deemed "exercise in disguise" by instructors in both The Huffington Post and USA Today. The dance-fitness program—now a mainstay in thousands of gyms worldwide—syncs basic dance steps and calisthenics to upbeat music, often drawing upon Latin styles such as merengue, salsa, and flamenco. Certified instructors demonstrate each piece of choreography at the front of the room, motivating participants to groove at their own pace and add creative flairs as they see fit. The program currently branches off into eight variations, including Zumba Gold for senior citizens, Zumbatomic for children, and Zumba Toning for exercisers who wish to incorporate strength-training elements.
Zumba got its start in Colombia in the mid-1990s, the brainchild of fitness instructor Alberto "Beto" Perez. According to Reuters, Beto initially wanted to name it Rumba—a Spanish word that can translate to party—but swapped in the Z when he found his first choice was trademarked. Today, Beto keeps up with the constantly changing musical culture by arranging new routines for his vast network of instructors every two months, incorporating newer styles such as hip-hop and reggaeton and enlisting artists such as Pitbull and Wyclef Jean to record Zumba-specific tracks.