Zumba is the new exercise craze. It is a Latin word that loosely translated means to move fast and have fun. It is an aerobic dance routine that most enjoy so much they forget they are exercising.
Some Zumba classes also incorporate small weights into the class, for a dance or two. These weights increase the calories burned but also tighten and tone muscles. On average a Zumba class burns between 600 and 800 calories. Of course working harder, burns more and being a sloth you would burn less.
An average Zumba class lasts approximately an hour from warm up to cool down. In that hour (depending on the instructor) you will try a little bit of plenty of Latin dances. You will get a taste of salsa, mambo, rumba, flamenco and sometimes some hip hop as well. Each of these dances is fast moving, forcing the body to burn calories. There will be periods of rest, and a chance to grab a drink of water, so be sure to bring a water bottle with you.