Keep on dancing with Zumba

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

THE latest fitness revolution to hit Bacolod City, Zumba became a sensation simply because it is a fitness activity that did not feel intimidating for non-regular gym goers.

Anyone can do it and once you get lost in the music—tunes so upbeat, you’ll almost quite regret a session was over—all inhibitions fall away and it’s just you doing the moves along with everyone else in the crowd.

It would seem you can do no wrong move with Zumba; after all, the one thing you need to do is keep moving.


Zumba has already accumulated quite a following in the country. But when it danced its way to Bacolod, it had the ladies and some of the men hooked.

The Bacolod health scene has never seen such a dramatic increase in fitness activities to engage in as now. When pumping iron in the gym and aerobics classes were all you could choose from in the past, today you can also engage in yoga, Pilates, or go extreme like CrossFit. And then there’s Zumba.

The origin of this dance fitness program traces back to Beto Perez, a Columbian dancer and choreographer. In the mid-90s when Perez, then an aerobics instructor, forgot the tape for a class he was teaching, he improvised the moves and the music, introducing salsa and merengue.

Getting over the initial shock of the very un-Western introduction, Perez’s class found it refreshing and just as high energy.

Fast forward to 2001 and more fans and class than he could keep up with, Perez teamed up with two friends in the United States and went mainstream.

The Zumba of today incorporates choreography taken from hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue, mambo, flamenco, chachacha, tango and many more, with music going from fast to slow, and classes targeting different fitness levels.

As an exercise regimen, such moves as lunges and squats are included to target and tone specific body areas. It’s a far cry from traditional cardio classes and though it would seem like you are part of a big, fun party, you’re actually dancing your way to shape!

There are so many activities this summer and the one thing you can do for your health is to keep your body in shape. Here’s one activity that doesn’t feel like a workout; rather, it feels like a party! It’s exhilarating and fun, you can easily get caught up in the music and the moves, enough to lose yourself in it –and you lose the flab, too. So dance your way to shape this summer!

There are a lot of Zumba parties going on in the city but actually finding one that’s fun yet certified is also important. While it is promoted as a safe exercise routine, it helps a lot to be led by a licensed teacher.

One of them is Grace Ortiz, a licensed Zumba instructor who has been leading the way to fitness at the Sweat and Burn Gym and the Sweat Gym-G Moves Studio for years. Her energy is contagious and her students love her for bringing her all every single class. Says a regular, “Every class feels like a party with Grace in the lead!”

This summer, SM City Bacolod teams up with Grace to bring her high-energy, fat-blasting, fun class to the mall for all to experience.

Starting today, April 3, at 5:30 p.m., come and join the class at the north al fresco. Zumba sessions will run every Thursdays and Saturdays of April and May 2014. SM brings this to the public for free; anyone can join. Come, join the party! (PR)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on April 03, 2014.


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