Aqua Zumba:The low-impact pool party!
Water aerobics or aquatic fitness denotes the performance of aerobic exercises in shallow water in which you can stand in, like the shallow part of a swimming pool. Most of the exercise usually only involves movement of the body in a vertical position with the water level upto the waist or a little higher. It also involves a certain amount of resistance training with focus on aerobic endurance done in an enjoyable atmosphere, usually with music. Some of the different forms of aquatic fitness include water yoga, aqua jogging and aqua Zumba.
Zumba is an aerobic fitness programme featuring movements inspired by Latin American music and dance forms. As a form of exercise, it involves both aerobic and dance movements. Created by Columbian dancer and choreographer Alberto “Beto” Perez in the 1990’s, it has rapidly gained popularity as an enjoyable low-impact fitness regimen in many parts of the world.
Zumba classes are conducted by a professional organization called Zumba Academy, and a normal 55-minute class usually includes music with fast and slow rhythms, and also a fair amount of resistance training. The dance styles, include famous Latin American styles such as salsa, flamenco, chachahcha, tango, hip-hop and more. Termed in the Washington Post as “something that shakes the monotony out of ordinary aerobic classes” Zumba is here to stay, with a lot of celebrities endorsing their interest in this rather exotic form of fitness regimen. Today there is more than an estimated 15 million people in 200,000 locations in over 180 countries taking Zumba classes, making it a global phenomenon.
“Ditch the Workout – Join the Party!”
That’s the marketing slogan for Zumba fitness, which attracts exercisers with a fun value tag and is the secret ingredient that makes it such a popular craze.
Among the many different styles targeted at specific groups, Aqua Zumba is basically Zumba in a swimming pool. The instructor leads the class or group from the poolside while the students perform the shallow water workouts. It is well suited for those who can manage being in the water. Unlike regular water aerobics, Aqua Zumba entails different movements to the many parts of each song that is played. It can be appealing and beneficial to those who already like Zumba but prefer not to get all hot and sweaty as a land-based class or would prefer a low-impact option. The basic consideration that Aqua Zumba works on is that 80 to 90% of your body weight is displaced in the water when it is at your chest level. This reduced the stress your knees, hips and back undergo when doing it while at the same time your muscles work differently to overcome the resistance of water.
Malaysia Aquatic Fitness is bringing to you both Aqua Zumba and Aquatic fitness with international instructors at The National Aquatic Stadium in Bukit Jalil on 18th October 2014.
The program is one of a kind with Jaoao Regufe, International Presenter (Portugal, Spain, Estonia, France, Italy, US, Brasil, Australia, Russia, UK) and AEA instructor conducting the special session.
D Swim Academy’s Aquatic Fitness instructor Jessy Kim, who will be presenting the Aquatic Fitness Program was recently interviewed on NTV 7 with her class at DSA Kampung Pandan.