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Zumba Vs. Zumba Gold

author image Laura Agadoni
Laura Agadoni has been writing professionally since 1983. Her feature stories on area businesses, human interest and health and fitness appear in her local newspaper. She has also written and edited for a grassroots outreach effort and has been published in "Clean Eating" magazine and in "Dimensions" magazine, a CUNA Mutual publication. Agadoni has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from California State University-Fullerton.
Zumba Vs. Zumba Gold
A group of people in a Zumba class. Photo Credit dolgachov/iStock/Getty Images

Zumba, a Latin-inspired part-dance, part-fitness workout craze, began in 2001. It became so popular that by 2012, 12 million people in 125 countries participated in it. Zumba brings a sort of nightclub vibe to the fitness scene to make working out fun. Zumba Gold is a subsection of Zumba, mainly for older people.


Zumba provides a high-energy aerobic workout with lots of core and hip movements. When you participate in a Zumba class, the goal is to have fun while you perform an exhilarating dance with choreographed steps. If you don't know the exact steps, that's OK with Zumba. People are encouraged to move the way they want to in the hour-long session. The American Council on Exercise gives Zumba a thumbs-up for being an effective workout.

Zumba Gold

Zumba Gold is Zumba for people over 50, exercise beginners or people with physical limitations. Like Zumba, participants can make up their own steps as long as they move to the music. Zumba Gold uses low-impact moves, but people report having just as much fun. Zumba Gold provides a shorter exercise session of between 30 and 45 minutes and has a longer warm-up and cool-down period than Zumba.

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