STRONG by Zumba: Could this new workout be the best exercise for slimming down? | Diets | Life & Style

Zumba is launching an edgy new HIIT-style cardio and bodyweight training programme, STRONG by Zumba, where every move is synced to the beat of the music.

Zumba, as everyone knows it, is a dance fitness programme created by Colombian dancer and choreographer Alberto “Beto” Perez during the 1990s. 

At its core, Zumba classes provide a large calorie burn through aerobic activity done with interval training in mind. 

And the average person will burn around 600 to 1,000 calories in a Zumba class. 

Recent studies have shown that moving in sync with music allows the body to use energy more efficiently as well as distract people from pain and fatigue, elevate mood, increase endurance and promote metabolic efficiency. 

Participants of STRONG by Zumba are said to be more likely to do more burpees, squats and lunges in each class, reaching their fitness and body transformation goals quicker. 

STRONG by Zumba is teaming up with Team GB athlete and Olympian Perri Shakes-Drayton and Made in Chelsea star and personal trainer Ryan Libbey to bring the programme to their slew of fans. 

Perry Shakes-Drayton said: “Music is key to any training I do. It gives me that extra boost to push me through the pain barrier. That’s why I was so drawn to STRONG by Zumba. 

“Because it’s a HIIT-style workout synced to music, it’s different from anything else I’ve tried. It’s surprisingly challenging and great fun.” 

Ryan Libbey added: “I’m a bit fan of HIIT workouts – for myself and for my clients – but this is something completely new for me. 

“It’s a tough workout and the role the music plays in driving you to do more is really evident when you’re eating exhaustion – you just seem to be able to keep going.” 

STRONG by Zumba classes launch nationwide this month. To find your nearest class visit 

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