Where can you find 100 women, a handful of men, and Mark Cuban on a Saturday morning in Dallas? On the Lifetime Athletic basketball court shaking their hips in Latin Fusion; a re-mixed version of Zumba that includes Latin and hip-hop inspired choreography and plenty of booty-shaking.
The instructor Bobbie Williams creates a mix of popular songs and choreographed dance steps that has become a phenomenon on the Dallas fitness scene. Although she teaches this class five times in a given week, the group fitness room at Lifetime Athletic is still too small to accommodate the demand for gyration on Saturday mornings. So why, in a city with Zumba offered everywhere, is this class so beloved? To put it simply, it's pure fun. Not only are you dripping in sweat from the high intensity cardio the class offers, but you also get the chance to improve your moves with each class.
There are some traditional elements of Zumba still in place--you will still salsa ,meringue, and even Cha-Cha--it just might be to LMFAO's "I'm Sexy and I Know it". The longer you've been taking the class, the body familiarizes itself more with the moves, giving you the ability to build anaerobic endurance. In addition to the cardiovascular benefits of working at this level, the instructor always remembers to include slower tracks, bringing the heart rate down to enable fat burning. Even if you're not a member of this gym, there are currently more than 25,000 Zumba instructors across the world. Having fun while working improves confidence in and outside of the gym, and although you may have fitness goals to meet, the positive effects on your mind and spirit are just as valuable. It may not be your mother's Zumba anymore, but this unconventional workout will be a rewarding change to your usual routine.