Although it is a group class, each individual can modify the moves and intensity according to what suites them best. Often times an older person will come into the workout worried about not keeping up and that they are not coordinated enough. The basic moves are ones that are simple enough that even the most uncoordinated person could do them with ease. But as one continues to come to class they will get better at the dancing side of the workout and gradually conquer all of the moves; practice makes perfect! There's never a need to worry about the person next to you in class because the workout is your own. Someone who is just starting to work out isn't going to be able to exert the same amount of energy and endurance for a full hour in comparison to someone who attends Zumba consistently. As one continues to attend classes and get in better shape, the easier it will be for them to have more energy and do harder moves during their workout. Keeping the focus on how your workout is for you is the key; just use the energy of the other participants to keep you going strong.
While modifying moves can be done for endurance purposes, it can also be done for keeping joints unstressed. This is always a relief for senior citizens coming into a Zumba class. For instance, a person with bad knees would need to modify a jump off the ground to just lifting the back of their heels off the floor as to avoid putting too much stress on those joints. This is perfectly alright, and would be for any person that may have arthritic joints in different areas of their body.
Zumba class is made to work for you and every individual regardless of age or body type. So the next time you or a friend says, "I'm not coordinated enough," or, "My joints are too bad," cut out the excuses! Zumba is the kind of workout that you get out of it what you put into it, so keep that energy up and give your best!
Brenda Oliveti, certified Zumba instructor
ZUMBA BY CHOE”S
3020 Old Atlanta Rd
Cumming, GA 30041