Last evening I had a really fun workout. I signed up for a Zumba class (1.5 hour master class) at a suburban activity centre in Mumbai. The class was conducted by Kelly Bullard and Sucheta Pal. To those who don’t know what Zumbia is, Zumba is a Colombian dance fitness program created by dancer and choreographer Alberto “Beto” Perez during the 1990s. The choreography involves dance and aerobic elements incorporating hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue, mambo, martial arts, and some Bollywood and belly dance.
The Zumba fever which has affected about 12 million people in over 110,000 locations across more than 125 countries. (source wikipedia) is now spreading like wild fire in India ( Mumbai). I have friends from across the globe who have been raving about the Zumba way of staying fit, so I was really looking forward to the class.
At first I wasn’t sure what to expect. To be honest I have previously had basic training in Latin American and Ballroom dancing so I thought that it can’t be too different from what I already know. Wrong! Hahaha, I had signed up for a Master class – where most people in the class had been Zumba-ing for a while and some were even instructors. So they already knew what to do and were experts!
I actually have “2 right feet” (if I could say that 😉 that’s how I would describe it) and dancing is my passion so even though the first 30 minutes were a slight struggle picking steps up , once I did I had a blast ! We danced on about 10-15 songs all of them involving choreography inspired by hip -hop, Salsa and Merengue moves. We even danced on “Chammak Challo” and a Punjabi Bhangra version. (Go Punjabiiii! )
Usually men (atleast in Mumbai) don’t sign up for aerobics classes but this is a great option for those who want to “Ditch the work out and join the party”. The guys seemed to enjoy the class as much as us girls did. I had my heart rate monitor on and as per that the class was a 1100 calorie burn class at 75-85% heart rate which is awesome because I actually had a blast while working out. Totally recommend you try this out !
While this was just the start of my Zumba days, I am sure I am going to sign up for many more workshops and try to incorporate this form of calorie burn into my workout atleast once a week.
Do any of you Zumba ? If you know of any good studios/ classes for Zumba in Mumbai (Bandra) please let me know!