Zumba - 10 FAQs
1. I’m really unfit. Will I keep up?
Yes of course, you have to start somewhere. People of all fitness levels attend Zumba classes. Just go at your own pace and do what feels right for you. You can keep all the moves low and won't be forced to take the high intensity option. Everyone in the class comes from different fitness and health backgrounds - just focus on the instructor, the music, enjoy yourself and work as hard as you want to. Need a break? That’s ok too- just march on the spot or do your own thing until you’re ready to get back to it.
2. What should I wear?
Wear clothes that allow you to move freely - generally leggings or jogging bottoms and a vest or t-shirt are best. You need to wear trainers - any sort are ok as long as they have cushioned soles and allow you to twist and turn your feet. You may find that running shoes do not allow you to slide and swivel due their deep tread.
3. What is Zumba Gold?
Zumba Gold is a lower impact version of Zumba that is still every bit as fun to do - and just as good for you! If you are new to Zumba or maybe have trouble keeping up in regular Zumba classes, try a Gold class! It's not slow or boring, it's just less intense. These classes are for older adults or anybody who might be needing a slightly slower pace, less bouncing around and easier to follow choreography. Most of the music will be latin or international rhythms, but there will also be some oldies and music you'll know... and it's not as loud either!
4. Is there an age limit?
All my Zumba classes are suitable for adults (16yrs+). However, I do run Family Zumba classes in the school holidays that are designed for those under 16. There is no upper age limit but if you find Zumba a bit tricky, why not join our friendly group at Zumba Gold classes.
5. I have no co-ordination, can I do Zumba? Do I have to be able to dance?
Previous dance experience is definitely not required! Forget about that! My philosophy is that everyone needs to get a fabulous workout, and you’re not going to get any benefit from the class if you can’t do it!
As long as you’re not afraid to try, you can certainly do Zumba. It’s a workout designed to be fun, not a structured dance class so there’s no need to worry about learning steps. The moves are repeated several times and are designed to be easy to follow.
You won’t look silly if you can’t do it – no one cares! Everyone is too focussed on having fun, the music and looking to see what’s coming next!
6. Can I hide at the back?
Erm, well, yes if you want to! However, you’ll need to make sure you can see me as I will point and gesture to tell you when the music is changing, what to do next and which direction to travel in. I generally do this non-verbally so you’ll need to see me! If you hide from me, it’ll be so much harder for you to keep up – and I can always see you anyway!!
At some of my bigger classes, I move the rows around so that everyone can see me but this is nothing to worry about. As mentioned above, no one will be looking at you even if you’re on the front row as everyone focusses on watching me to see what’s coming next.
7. I have a problem with my knees/hips/back etc. Can I do Zumba?
Each Zumba class will include a wide variety of moves, however, if you let me know about any ailments/injuries you may have before the class, I will be able to give you alternative exercises to do. Alternatively you might want to give Zumba Gold a try, it’s is much lower impact and slower paced, but still great fun and marvellous exercise. Contact me if you would like further advice.
8. Will Zumba help me lose weight?
The short answer – yes. The long answer – as with any weight loss plan you will need to pair exercise with a commitment to healthy eating to achieve long term weight loss. I know many, many people who have lost a considerable amount of weight doing Zumba, and I know lots who haven’t lost any weight at all. You can burn 400 - 1000 calories doing an hour of Zumba, but this of course depends on you height, weight, age and workout intensity levels, and of course, you’ll only get out of it what you put into it.
9. Do I need to book?
There is no need to book for any of my Zumba classes (except for the class at the University Club in Oxford on a Monday). You can just turn up.
Other classes I run, such as Pilates and Body Blitz do need to be booked via email or via my website.
10. How much are the classes?
Zumba classes are £6 per person, or you can buy a 6 class passport for £30, which must be used within 3 months. I accept cash, cheques (payable to Gemma Pearce Fitness) or you can buy a class passport here.
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