How Do You Pronounce Zumba?

April 1st, 2012

How do you pronounce Zumba?

Like this: Zoom-ba

Not like this: Zum-ba

Zumba’s Beto Perez on the Cover of May 2012 Men’s Fitness Magazine

April 1st, 2012

Zumba creator Beto Perez is on the May 2012 cover of Men’s Fitness magazine. The magazine describes him as “a true ladies’ man” and encourages guys to take note: Beto is super fit and women love him.

So what will it take to get more men to try Zumba???

Zumba Beto Mens Fitness Cover

Love Zumba? Try SALSArobics!

April 1st, 2012

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I had the pleasure of trying SALSArobics at the Chicago International Salsa Congress in Chicago, Illinois February 16-19, 2012. Each day of the Salsa Congress started with a 9am, 1-hour session of SALSArobics.

SALSArobics was founded in 1988 by Columbian-born Esther Gutierrez Sloan. It’s a fun way to learn Latin dance moves while exercising. If you like Zumba, you will love SALSArobics. Esther chooses popular Latin music and breaks down the basic steps and slowly builds them up and modifies the moves until voila, you’re dancing around the room!

SALSArobics is like Zumba in the way that it is exercise based on Latin dance. We danced everything from salsa, merengue, cha cha, belly dance, bachata,… even lambada, the forbidden dance!

SALSArobics is different from Zumba in many ways. There is little or no choreography in SALSArobics. The dance steps are authentic Latin dance moves that travel around the room. I found more opportunity in SALSArobics for individuals to modify the workout to add intensity or more complicated dance moves if they chose to do so.

I will hopefully be adding a SALSArobics class to my schedule¬† soon. If you’re ever in the greater Chicago area, be sure to check out a SALSArobics class from Esther or one of her SALSArobics instructors!