Zumba is not only fun, but it’s also a killer workout. Many people are afraid to try a Zumba class because they’re afraid they won’t be able to keep up or they’re not very coordinated. Don’t worry – you’ll be in good company. This class is unique because it’s for every age and fitness level. While there is no “Zumba for Beginners” class, these tips will help you shine whether it’s your first or 50th session.
Introduce yourself to the instructor.
Taking a Zumba class may push you out of your comfort zone, but we promise spending one minute saying hello to the instructor will really pay off. Some instructors begin by asking if there are any newcomers. Most people are too shy to admit they have zero clue what they’re doing, so they hide in the back and hope no one notices them stumbling through the choreography. Avoid any embarrassment by having a quick check-in with the instructor a few minutes before class starts. Knowing there’s a newbie in class will prompt them to give more verbal ques and modifications.
Claim your space.
There are two kinds of people who go to fitness classes – those who stand directly in front of the instructor and those who cling to back corners. If you’re a beginner, your best bet is to gravitate towards the middle of the room. That way you’ll have a clear view of the instructor but won’t feel like you’re the center of attention.
Identify the regulars.
It’s natural in any situation to seek out the regulars and see how things are done. Whether you’re at a new coffee shop or your very first Zumba class, it pays to keep an eye on your surroundings. Within the first song, it should be easy to spot who has the moves down pat. Sometimes instructors slip out of view, so having your eye on a seasoned pro can help you in case you’re not sure what’s going on. And don’t worry – each class is a combination of different skill levels. You won’t be surrounded by a group of professional dancers.
Dress for success.
While different styles of Latin dance inspire Zumba, leave your heels at home. Your dancing shoes should be comfortable sneakers, such as cross-trainers or worn-out running shoes. This is an intense cardio workout, so be prepared to sweat. We recommend wearing comfortable fitness gear with moisture-wicking features in order to get the most out of your sweat session. Like with any workout, don’t forget to hydrate!
Come with an open mind.
If you’re one of the few people who excel at everything they try, please teach us your ways. But if you’re anything like us, it’s going to take a while to pick up all of the moves. Our best advice for beginners is to come with an open mind. If you stumble through your first workout, that’s okay! As you’ll notice in class, many people come several times a week, so of course they keep up with the instructor. If you have to take a water break during a song or are 5 steps behind, don’t worry about it. Within a few classes you’ll become more familiar with the routines. Maybe a newbie will keep their eyes on you because you look like you know what you’re doing! We recommend attending class twice a week and mixing up your workouts with other group fitness classes like power yoga and strength training.
Whether your goal is weight loss or just to find a new hobby, give a Zumba class a try. Download a free class pass by clicking the link below.