Have you got bored of following the same old workout regimen every single day? If the answer is yes, then Zumba dance can come as a happy relief☺. Most of you might be aware of this ‘dance fitness program’. For those who are still ignorant, u. Invented in 90’s this workout scheme is heavily inspired by several popular styles of dance like meringue, samba, salsa, mambo etc. The steps of Zumba are very easy to learn and implement even at home. Along with reshaping the figure, it enhances flexibility of the body. Today I will be sharing 5 of my favourite Zumba moves and their brief ‘how-to’s. Keep reading to find out more.
I. Reggaeton Stomp
This Zumba move is originated from a Puerto Rican dance form Reguetó. In the ‘Stomp’ version of Reggaeton rigid foot stepping is required. This move can easily replace high-intensity full body workouts like Jumping Jacks. It helps to get rid of upper arm and thigh fat.
How to do:
1. Stand straight with 12-13 inch gap between the legs. Bend your arms like the picture.
2. Put the right leg in the front and the back. Twist the hip to bring the arms to the left.
3. Do the same with the left leg and twist the hip to the opposite so that the arms are on the right side of the body.
4. Try to synchronise your movements with the music or rap.
Here’s a gif of the move to help you understand better
II. Merengue March
This Caribbean dancing style consists of alternative leg movements with the rhythm of lively colloquial music beats. The Merengue March move of Zumba is a fusion of parading movements and typical Haitian meringue or merengue. It is a perfect warm-up exercise with which you can start your Zumba regimen. Through this move, all the major joints of the body open up to welcome the later moves and the chances of injury decrease too.
How to do:
1. Stand upright with legs close to each other and hands at the side.
2. Move the arms up to get levelled with the shoulders.
3. Do marching motion with the legs keeping the legs at a fixed position.
4. Your hands need to be moved horizontally; not vertically like the original marching.
‘Destroza’ is a Spanish word which means ‘to destroy’. This highly energetic move resembles of the reluctance in our attitude when we get rid of something unwanted. This workout banishes fat deposition in the abdominal, back and thigh area.
How to do:
1. Stand with hands on the side and legs far apart.
2. Lift one leg at a time from the ground and the stomp it down quickly. Use your hips to emphasise the impact of stomping.
3. Move the arms backwards and do ‘windshield wiper’ movement continuously.
IV. Diamond Step
This is yet another move that tones tummy and lower body muscles. This move is called ‘Diamond step’ because in this step shoulders to the tips of the palms form a diamond shape. This step requires very less space so it can easily be done anywhere.
How to do:
1. Stand with legs wide apart. Raise both the arms upward and join them together over the head.
2. Move the whole upper body to the right and raise the joined arms upwards. Slide the legs slightly to the right.
3. Come back to the initial position and then do the same steps in the opposite direction that means to the left.
Cumbia is a Latin American dance form in which hip movements hold immense importance. This particular Zumba move takes the basics of original Cumbia and other choreographic movements to convert it into a high-intensity workout. This workout burns calories faster.
How to do:
1. Place left hand on the back and the right hand outwards just like the picture.
2. Swirl your body to the right and move out the right leg outwards bending the knee.
3. Move back to initial position and do the same steps on the alternate side which are the left side in this case. Repeat in quick succession.
Do you like Zumba or Traditional workout plans? Which among these moves you liked most? Share in the comments.
Guest post by Sreeparna G.
Cool post. Too bad I can dance only when i’m drunk 🙂
Zumba is so so much better than those monotonous exercises! 🙂
High intensity exercises seems too tiring 🙂
Zumba is fun and this post reminds me of rejoining my classes… 🙂 🙂
Loved to hear that 🙂
Fantastic post 🙂