Do I Need to Be Coordinated for Zumba? I get this question a lot… and for those of you that are following me on Twitter, you probably know how passionate I am about Zumba! (read my previous Zumba post to learn how I first started taking on Zumba classes).
There is only one answer to it and it’s a big NO, YOU DON’T!
Firstly, Zumba is dancing right, and dancing is a basic form of expression. Almost every culture in the world has some form of dancing. According to Oxford Dictionary, “coordination” is the organization of the different elements of a body or activity so as to enable them to work together effectively.
Coordination simply means putting things together. When you coordinate an outfit, you start with some basic elements and add accessories. When I learn a new dance move, I focus on the footwork first, then add arm movements. Then I add the accessories: the subtle finger, wrist, chest, shoulder and hip positions that give the dancing its style.
Zumba starts with simple steps that can be modified so you can gradually build up your skill – and fitness! In addition, most Zumba instructors try to create a safe, supportive environment to put everyone at ease. And the routines are simple and fun.
Zumba WILL improve your coordination
Zumba actually will help you improve coordination skills – these skills are especially important as you are getting older and tend to lose a bit your balance. After a few Zumba classes, you begin to notice yourself picking up routines quicker, keeping up with steps, and knowing what’s next.
Zumba classes are DESIGNED for you to develop rhythm, coordination, technique, confidence and fitness. Classes are designed for people from all ages, and all level of fitness. Anyone can attend Zumba classes. Regular Zumba class attendance will definitely improve your coordination and rhythm (it worked for me and for many of my friends!).
Zumba at Home
If you are too shy to attend Zumba Fitness classes yet, you can start Zumba in the confort of your own home. Many DVDs and Zumba kits (even YouTube videos) will help you learn the steps, one by one. Zumba routines are very repetitive. You’ll very quickly notice that the same steps are always used. I actually do have a Zumba DVD (“Zumba Fitness Basics and 20 min Express”) that I used to watch when I first started Zumba. It helped me understand and practice the different steps. I still watch it occassionally, when I want to do a quick workout on the weekend.
So think again, because Zumba is such a fun way to burn 500 to 1000* calories per hour!
* depending on your weight and level of intensity