If you want a heart-pumping workout that's also a lot of fun, Zumba might be just the class for you. It's a Latin-inspired fitness dane class that shows you how to get your heart rate up while having fun at the same time.
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However, standard Zumba classes don't necessarily build muscles while you're grooving to the music, and it's important to incorporate weights into your regular workouts. For those who'd like a little more strength-training, there's Zumba Toning. Zumba Toning keeps Zumba's essence while focusing on strength training the arms, abs and thighs.
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Adding Weights to Zumba
Zumba Toning incorporates weighted toning sticks, which come in 1-pound and 2.5-pound sizes, to the Zumba workout that participants use almost like maracas. The toning sticks function like dumbbells to act as resistance weights.
People can use dumbbells up to 3 pounds for the class; however, the toning sticks are better for Zumba class because they're filled with sand and sound a bit like a maraca when you shake them. That makes them extra-fun for a dance-based class.
If using the weights or toning sticks is too much for you, talk to your instructor about doing the class without any extra weights. You will still get a workout with the risk of injuring yourself as you get used to the movements.
Zumba Gold Toning
Zumba Gold Toning is an additional weight-based program that was created for active older adults, who want to use light weights to focus on strengthening the muscles. It's a low- to moderate-intensity workout session designed to reduce the loss of muscle mass and muscle strength that often comes with aging.
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