Can I do Zumba on Carpet?

Can I do Zumba on Carpet?

It’s time for another Zumba FAQ!  This time, a woman at the gym asked me “Can I do Zumba on carpet?”  There was a class at her church, but the room was carpeted.  She wanted to know about doing Zumba on carpet. So here’s the scoop.

Doing Zumba on Carpet

Whether you’re interested in taking a class at a carpeted facility or just doing the Zumba DVDs or video game in your living room – You CAN do Zumba on carpet, but you’ll want to do some prep first.
You’ll want to make sure you have the right shoes for Zumba.  These are shoes with little-to-no-tread…so a grippy running shoe may not be ideal.  I tell my students to get a dance or cheer shoe because they have hardly any tread.  Zumba actually makes shoes (check out my faves here– and use code BLEE1 to get 10% off!).
If your shoes are not ideal, you can use carpet gliders to make it easier. Zumba makes carpet gliders that slip over the toe of your shoe to enable you to make the sideways/lateral movements that can be difficult on carpet. Again, you can get 10% off your carpet glider order with the code BLEE1.
If you really don’t want to buy gliders, you can also wrap duct tape around your shoe like a carpet glider, however, the duct tape will be a little more “grippy” than the carpet glider.
If you’re doing Zumba on carpet, you’ll definitely want the right shoes and something to help you slide over the carpet.  Don’t attempt to do Zumba barefoot or in socks – it’s too high impact for that!  You’ll want the support of the shoe, but you’ll just need to make it easier to move in.
If you have any questions about doing Zumba on carpet, let me know! I’m happy to help!

 


You asked: Can I Zumba everyday?

You asked: Can I Zumba everyday?

One question my students and those friends I meet online ask is:

Can you do Zumba everyday?

Well, you can, but that doesn’t always mean you should. Let’s talk about how you could possibly take daily classes, along with some of the risks of daily strenuous exercise so you can decide if Zumba everyday is right for you.
 

Let’s talk about how you can do Zumba everyday.

Because of the accessibility of Zumba DVDs, video games, and Zumba on Youtube, you totally have the ability to do Zumba everyday.  You don’t have to wonder whether or not your gym offers daily Zumba classes because you have the ability to do Zumba each day right at your home. At the last publication of their facts, Zumba reported they had over 6 million people taking classes weekly in 50,000 classes offered in 75 countries….but that doesn’t mean there are enough local classes offered in your area for daily classes, so if you really want to do Zumba on a daily basis, you’ll have to invest in one of these at-home resources. So sure, you are capable of doing Zumba everyday, but should you?

Risks of taking Zumba Everyday

Over-exercising, no matter what the form of exercise is, can be harmful.  First off, it can put too much stress on your body, setting you up for injuries (which could sideline you from doing Zumba at all!).  But, several articles and studies have shown some negative side effects to daily strenuous exercise.  Zumba is a high-intensity, high-impact strenuous workout..so you need to use caution.
First off, two studies have shown links to daily strenuous exercise and heart attacks.  These studies have shown that 2-4 days per week and moderation are better for your body and your heart.
Another risk to doing Zumba each day is simply overtraining.  Overtraining can actually impede your body transformation because it doesn’t allow your body time to heal and muscles to rebuild. It can also cause you to use bad form while working out, because you are too sore to move properly. Overtraining can also weaken your immune system, causing you to get sick more, cause a loss of appetite, and simply cause you to burn out.  It’s not good.
So how can you prevent overtraining?  Honestly, I think you might want to refrain from doing Zumba everday, but instead aim for 2-4 times per week.  Now those other days, you don’t have to be sedentary, but you might want to try “active rest” days.  You can walk, do yoga, stretch, or maybe do some light swimming.  All of these things will keep you moving, but allow your body the ability to heal and rest.
So while you could do Zumba everyday, I think you would benefit from some rest days, or active rest days.  Take caution when planning your workout schedule.  I know Zumba is fun…but doing it everyday may not be healthy.  Even if you’re trying to reach goals…taking rest days or active recovery days is important to keep you on track.
Even though you want to do Zumba everyday, it may be better to take a rest day.
Let me know if you have any questions!

 


How to Find Zumba Classes Near You

How to Find Zumba Classes Near You

Are there Zumba classes nearby?

After becoming a sort of blog guru about Zumba, sometimes I get messages from folks looking for local Zumba classes.  There are thousands and thousands of Zumba instructors all over the world…so there may be a class near you!
So today I’m answering one of my most common questions: “are there Zumba classes near me?” The likely answer is yes – Zumba reports that 14,000,000 people take Zumba classes in over 185 countries and 140,000 facilities worldwide.
To find classes near you, you’ll want to go to Zumba.com and click/hover over “Classes”
How to find local Zumba classes online
Type in your zip code or city name.  I would start broad.  For example, I live 30 minutes outside of a bigger city.  I put the big city’s zip code in to find more options.  I would be ok taking a class in the city, not just in the little town I live in.
Depending on your location, you will find some options.  For this example, I searched Little Rock, AR and got 100 results.
Use the Zumba website to find Zumba classes near me
To narrow it down even more, you can search by class type.  
Narrow your options for nearby Zumba classes
Here are the different types of Zumba classes you may find nearby:
  • Zumba: A dance fitness class featuring music from around the world.
  • Zumba Step: A Zumba class incorporating a step for leg toning.
  • Zumba Toning: A Zumba class that uses toning sticks or light weights for resistance and toning.
  • Aqua Zumba: A Zumba class in the pool!
  • Zumba Sentao: A Zumba class that uses a chair to add toning moves.
  • Zumba Gold: An easy to follow low-impact Zumba class for beginners, deconditioned, or active older adults.
  • Zumba Gold Toning: Combines the low impact Zumba Gold with toning sticks for sculpting.
  • Zumba Kids: A dance fitness class for ages 7-11.
  • Zumba Kids Jr.: A dance fitness class for ages 4-6.
  • Zumbini: Classes for 0-3 year olds to wiggle, sing and learn with a parent or caregiver.
  • Zumba in the Circuit: Combines Zumba and strength training in a circuit format.
You can also narrow it down by day of the week or time of day.  
Now, please note this: this is NOT a perfect tool.  Instructors are responsible for reporting their schedules to Zumba.com, so PLEASE before you go to a class for the first time, check with the instructor or facility to double check the details are correct.
And, if you search your area and there are no Zumba classes near you, I would recommend doing an instructor search as well.  This will show you instructors in your area that you can contact.  It’s possible they are teaching, but just haven’t reported their class schedule to Zumba.

How do to an Instructor Search to find local Zumba Classes

To do an instructor search, click “Find an Instructor” and put in your area.  I would also increase the distance from the default 5 miles to 25/50.
Perform an instructor search online if you can't find Zumba classes near you
Then, you can click “View Profile” or view their personal websites to contact them for more information. They should all either have contact forms or list an email of some sort.
I hope that helps you find a nearby Zumba class!  Let me know if you need any help finding a Zumba class near you!

Zumba Song List: Hot Songs of 2014

It’s been awhile since I talked Zumba around these parts.  I used to do a weekly Zumba Thursday post…but haven’t done that in a long time.  I’m back with some of 2014s most popular tunes in a Zumba song list.

I’m LOVING Marc Anthony’s Vivir Mi Vida. This song is going to be big in my classes this year (with VERY similar choreo)

We are loving using Royals by Lorde for a leg song, too.


And, let’s not forget about Timber by Kesha.  I use a dance very similar to this one.

Some other great Zumba songs for your 2014 list:

  • “Talk Dirty” Jason Derulo
  • “Wrecking Ball” I LOVE this bachata version!
  •  “Can’t Remember to Forget You” by Shakira/Rihanna
  • “Happy” by Pharrel Williams
  • “Darte un Beso” Prince Royce (a fun cool down song!)
  • “Limbo” by Daddy Yankee
  • “La Noche De Los Dos” by Daddy Yankee
  • “Came Here to Party” by Dahrio Wonder

So…what music is on your 2014 Zumba song list?  What jams are you loving right now?