Unless you have been living in a cave, you probably have already heard about or tried Zumba, one of the most popular new workouts trends in India and across the globe. As the Zumba program grows and adds more types of classes, Zumba lovers are finding new ways to incorporate their favorite Latin dance program into their overall workout plan. Adding Zumba to Your Fitness Routine
The traditional Zumba program is a 45 to 60 minute interval training "dance party" featuring Latin and international music routines sessions where fast and slow rhythms and resistance training are combined. While some muscle toning may be achieved through traditional Zumba, it is primarily meant to be a cardiovascular workout. "If you are thinking that you would like to get started with Zumba fitness classes and incorporate them into your fitness plan, then you can begin replacing them where you would normally perform your traditional cardio sessions," according to Built Fit.com. Adding A Strength Training Component
While Zumba's traditional program can be effective for burning fat, strength training is still an important part of an overall workout plan, and Zumba now offers a program to support these efforts. Zumba Toning takes the original Zumba dance-fitness class to the next level by utilizing an innovative muscle training protocol and the addition of light weight toning sticks or dumbbells. According to the American Council on Exercise, "Zumba Toning is fun, different, challenging and effective and provides, for the participant, a new avenue to weighted activity." Zumba in the Circuit
Zumba participants should still incorporate two traditional forms of strength training weekly, because strength training is a significant part of a workout plan. However, Zumba fanatics can still get their fix--and traditional strength training too--at their local Curves location with the addition of the Curves Zumba in the Circuit program, or ZIC for short. ZIC combines the movements of a traditional Zumba class with circuit training, which involves a series of strength exercises at timed intervals, according to Just Us Women Productions. Class members do one minute of Zumba, followed by one minute of strength training, then switch, for a total of 30 minutes. Other New Zumba Programs and Proper Rest
Variety is also key to an overall workout plan, since it prevents over-using the same muscles that can lead to injury. Exercisers who want to enjoy Zumba on more than one day each week as part of their overall fitness plan might therefore mix up their workouts by including a Zumba Toning, Zumba in the Circuit, or Aqua Zumba program.
Since Zumba classes can be intense and fast-paced in nature. allowing yourself enough total rest time as well. "Aim to have at least one full day off during your workout week and another day or two where you're just doing lower intensity activity".