If you haven’t heard of Zumba® Fitness, you must live under a rock. With classes all over the world and late night infomercials, it’s hard not to know that this 10-year program is the latest fitness craze! What you may not know is that Zumba® Fitness has five specialty programs, one that is causing quite the splash around town.
On Saturdays at 1pm, you can find licensed Zumba® Instructors Ashley Harris and Neki Garrett teaching Aqua Zumba® at Wallace Pool on the Lakeshore Foundation campus in Homewood. Accompanied by fun upbeat music, Aqua Zumba® makes exercising seem like a pool party, incorporating the same fun upbeat music as in land Zumba® classes and offers the same or even better benefits as exercising on land.
The fitness benefits you find on land exists in Aqua Zumba®, such as muscle strength and endurance, cardiovascular endurance, caloric expansion and muscle flexibility. By being in the water, there are additional benefits, lower impact on joints and bones and higher resistance for muscle toning resulting in a higher workout intensity compared to land exercise and a full body massage from the water around you. Those are just a few of the benefits exercising in water provides.
Aqua Zumba® classes attract people of all ages and fitness levels. Only your torso is submerged in the water, so there is no requirement to know how to swim since the water is at chest level. Water shoes are encouraged so they can provide support and traction and protection from the pool floor.
All you have to do is ADD WATER! If you interested in trying Aqua Zumba® classes, contact Ashley Harris at (205) 212-4697 and ZumbaFitnessWithAshley@Gmail.com or Neki Garrett at (205) 249-6561 and ZumbaNeki@Gmail.com. Summer class will continue through the end of August. You can also visit www.Zumba.com to see if there is a Aqua Zumba® class near you. For a quick video teaser on the Aqua Zumba® program, click on http://youtu.be/ajv8AMBNwsY.