Zumba class offers workout in disguise


Spring has arrived and summer is right around the corner. Students are hitting the gym to get in shape. However, treadmills and elliptical machines are not everyone’s first choice when it comes to getting in some cardio.

The Wellness Center offers a Zumba Fitness class at 7 p.m. in the multi-purpose room every Monday taught by licensed instructor Tammy Stutzman.

Students get together for Zumba classes on Monday nights. (Photo by Autumn Berry)

According to Zumba.com, Zumba is a Latin-inspired dance and aerobic workout. It is a combination of fitness and fun, using almost every muscle of the body as you shake, wiggle, and dance your way to fitness.

“When I went to get my certificate to teach this course, I hadn’t tried it before but heard it was fun,” Stutzman said.

One Zumba session can burn anywhere between 500 and 1,000 calories depending on the tempo and length of workout, Total Body Infusion reports. Zumba also helps with cardio, weight loss, and lowering heart-rate activity.

A common misconception about Zumba is that you will need to be able to dance well to participate.

Junior communication arts major and Zumba class participant Patty Rhinehart said, “If you try Zumba you can’t be afraid to look silly. There is a wide range of people who attend and nobody judges anyone else; the point of Zumba is to have fun working out, not to impress judges.”

On average 15-25 students participate each week. Although mostly women attend, men have also come and enjoyed the class.

“I would recommend anyone who wants to come get a good workout to attend; age or gender does not matter,” Stutzman said.

Zumba participants often are having such a good time they aren’t even aware of the health benefits that come with it.

Sophomore exercise science major Brooke Miller said, “I love Zumba; it’s a fun way to do a great workout without even knowing you’re working out.”

Stutzman agrees that Zumba is a great way to workout without realizing that you are.

“It’s much more fun to dance rather than hitting the elliptical; you don’t even realize you’re working out,” Stutzman said.

Alberto Perez, a former aerobics instructor, founded the Zumba Empire in the late 90s.  It was originally a Latin dance-inspired fitness program. Since then, there has been a world-wide craze over Zumba and people take weekly Zumba classes in over 140,000 locations throughout more than 150 countries (Zumba.com).

Timothy Woods is a contributing writer for The Aviso AVW.

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