How to Do Zumba at Home
Bring the dance party to your house through video instruction, a video game, an app or simply by using some creativity. At-home Zumba workouts free you from any embarrassment you might have of showing off your moves in front of a large crowd. Plus, you can play the music as loud as you want.
Plenty of options exist for today's Zumba connoisseur, including workouts through your phone, TV or video game system. There are even free options for people who are burdened by the cost of expensive group classes. Find your favorite way to access these fast and fun workouts from home and reap the health and fitness benefits.
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Zumba Dance App
With Zumba workouts on your smartphone, you can work out anywhere in your home. The app itself costs $2, and there are additional purchases you can make in the app if you want to buy new classes.
Each class is taught by a professional instructor. Some of the classes are even taught by Beto Perez, a co-founder of Zumba. Chart-topping songs from popular artists keep the workouts moving and grooving.
You can use this app on an iPhone or iPad if you want a bigger screen. The only drawback is that you need to keep the phone or iPad close so you can see what the instructor is doing. Eventually, you'll get used to the workouts, and won't have to stare at the screen to follow along.
Use an instructional Zumba DVD on your TV at home to make it feel like you're actually in a class.
Zumba Super Cardio Dance Party Workout
Intense cardio burst intervals are the secret behind this DVD's success. As you go through the routine, there will be periodic 30-second gaps of intensity thrown in to tire you out. The color of the video changes to black and white, only showing the color of the instructor's bright clothing.
For 30 seconds you'll do one or two moves quickly and without stopping. Then, the interval is over and you go back to regular Zumba. In the description of the DVD, Zumba claims that you can burn up to 1,000 calories in 50 minutes of this workout.
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Zumba Fitness Incredible Slimdown DVD System
If the sole Zumba Super Cardio Dance Party Workout DVD isn't enough for you, or you're looking for something more comprehensive, try this DVD system. With five videos in this series, you'll be busy for a while learning the different workouts.
The first DVD has a quick instructional section and 20-minute workout to give you a slow introduction to the world of Zumba. The other four DVDs have traditional Zumba workouts mixed with quick 30-second bursts of fast-paced dancing. There's even a global dance workout with music from every corner of the globe.
How to Do Zumba at Home
Nintendo Wii Zumba Fitness
In this video game, the interactive Nintendo Wii meets the high-energy dance moves of Zumba. The game comes with a belt that fastens around your waist and holds the Nintendo Wii controllers. Your hips should do most of the action in this game, which is why the motion-sensing controllers are strapped tightly to them.
Thirty routines are included in this game, which is more than any other DVD series. The songs are specifically tailored to each dance routine, and some of the songs were actually made for the game. Up to four people can join in on the fun, so you can start a virtual dance party in your home.
Do it Yourself
Depending on how comfortable you are with Zumba, you can make up your own routine at home. Put together a playlist of your favorite songs from different genres like reggae, hip-hop, salsa, merengue and more.
Play your collection of songs and dance along with them, using all of the Zumba moves you've memorized in classes and from instructional videos.
If you're comfortable enough to make up your own routine, try searching YouTube for inspiration. You can find some free classes with professional instruction to take the guesswork out of your at-home Zumba workout. The best part about these videos is that they're free and you can play them on your phone or TV at home.
Henry is a Philadelphia-based personal trainer and writer. He has trained a wide range of clients, from professional athletes to working professionals. Feel free to contact Henry with any questions regarding an article that he's written.