Ditch the workout: when, where, how to join the Zumba® party

Keep your zumba safe

There are a few things to consider to make sure your Zumba experience is safe and injury free.

1) Find a well-qualified instructor. An instructor who is a member of the Zumba Instructor Network (ZIN), with group fitness certification or a personal training certification will be aware if some class members are executing moves that could cause injury — and will take corrective action. Ask your instructor if he or she knows CPR and is certified by ACE or AFAA. A really good Zumba instructor will pay close attention to the students’ condition.

2) Be sure you are healthy enough for exercise. If you have any questions about whether you can handle a hour of fast-paced dance moves, ask your doctor. Kathleen can also give some safety pointers and show you how to modify the moves to accommodate your level.

3) Wear the right shoes. You’ll need stability and support. Flip flops, slippers and 12-year-old deck shoes will hurt you. You need cross-trainers or dance sneakers.

4) Hydrate, before, during, after class. Drink enough water and you will have more energy and recover faster.