Zumba has taken the world by storm and is now a favorite among millions of individuals. Since it aims to help you get fit, stay entertained and improve your moves, Zumba shows to be truly versatile and useful in a variety of occasions. The entrance of Zumba Gold focuses more on senior individuals who want to retain their active and vibrant life for years to come.
Introducing Zumba Gold
Zumba Gold is a fitness course specifically designed for the active older population, as well as a deconditioner for beginners. The program gives exercisers a full, safe and effective body workout. The program is still highly inspired by Latin and international dance rhythms. Seniors can come and workout wearing loose and comfortable clothes, plus aerobic dance shoes. Lessons usually last an hour. Depending on the place and organizers, exercisers will have to register before joining or freely enter.
The Zumba Gold is ideal for individuals who are not used to exercising or have stopped physical activity for several years. It is also good for complete beginners and those who have limited physical capabilities. The main difference between Zumba Basic and Zumba Gold is the lower intensity done with the latter. Both are just as fun, with the same steps and Latin rhythm incorporated.
What to Expect
The Zumba Gold program is very easy to follow, since it aims to let individuals of any age exercise without any worries. The dances included in the program are the salsa cha cha, meringue, rock & rock, salsa, cumbia, twist and Charleston, flamenco, belly dance and tango. There is also another Zumba Gold program that involves a chair workout for those who are bound to a wheelchair or live very sedentary lifestyles. The program is very useful for individuals who remain in short and long term care facilities and those in assisted living conditions.
Zumba Gold plans to target the baby boomer population, who are now getting older. These individuals are approximately between the age of 50 and 65 today. The population is expected to double within the next 30 to 35 years so the fitness program will continue to cater to the needs of the elderly. Individuals living longer can also benefit from the program.
Hundreds of thousands of clients claim the several positive effects of Zumba Gold. There are individuals who have stopped exercising for over 10 years, realizing the consequences of a sedentary lifestyle. The workshop provided in the area lasted only 1 day, together with ZES or Zumba Educational Specialist Instructors and other internationally popular fitness trainers that is part of the Zumba Gold Development Team. The workshop started with a Zumba Gold Master Class. There were also a lot of free items and materials like the Zumba Gold manual, Zumba Gold soundtrack CD and snacks. Instructors present for the first time also received 4 DVDs.
For the Seniors
The soundtrack CD featured different songs, depending on the course of the routine. There are warm up tracks, class tracks and cool down tracks. The class gets shorter if there are only a limited number of participants. The workshop also covers a variety of topics such as psychology, physiology and the benefits of Zumba Gold.
Other inclusions and activities are the monitoring of the intensity of exercises, instructor safety tips and leadership and education skills. There are also recommendations for teaching Zumba Gold the right way via drills and techniques. Seniors can expect improvement in their quality of life and maintenance of functional skills that will let them cope with daily activities.