December 13, 2012

Zumba for Weight Loss

The C&C Girls caught up with fitness guru Candice Paulsen to learn about the benefits of the fitness  craze, Zumba! Both girls have seen amazing results in this fun but high intensity fitness class great for women of all fitness levels. It's defiantly C & C Girl approved!

1. Why is Zumba a great way to keep in shape and lose weight?

Zumba is a great way to keep in shape because it is a fun and effective workout that helps tighten and tone all the muscles in the body while working the cardiovascular system (heart,lungs). It is designed for every person and every fitness level therefore it does not exclude anyone. thanks to the great music and easy to follow routines, participants loose themselves in the class and often forget they are working out. Zumba is also a great workout because it builds a community and support team. Having a good time and the support of others increases the likelihood you will continue to workout ultimately leading to greater benefits

2.What are the major benefits of Zumba and how many calories can you burn in an hour?

 Zumba focuses on interval training (similar to high/low classes) in which faster and slower rhythms are put together to cause confusion in the bodies systems and allow for an increase in overall lung capacity (how much air the lungs can hold in 1 breath). Throughout the class there are different routines and moves that are designed to target the various muscle groups in the body including arms, legs,  and abs. In one class an individual could burn between 500-1000 calories depending on their intensity while completing the class. Another benefit is that you learn different cultural music, rhythms and movements within that dance that could be used at a later time.

3. What differs from your classes to other instructors? 

I believe that my Zumba classes differ from other classes because they follow a very athletic and enthusiastic style. Thanks to my various experiences and knowledge as a Kinesiology major, Personal Trainer, Elite Athlete, and Competitive Dancer, I feel as though I challenge my participants to push themselves more than they thought imaginable. I also believe that I truly take into considerations my participants and their capabilities as I design my classes. I tend to incorporate dance and athletic training into my routines to provide variety and challenge. I offer various levels for more complicated moves so individuals have the option to choose a level that works for their body as fitness level. Another difference is that I tend to create my own routines. Many of the dances that are performed in my class are unique to me as I created the choreography. I have super high energy and often create routines that display my energy and allow for participants to do the same if they so choose. When I create my class I want my participants to be engaged, interactive, and smiling while working hard.

4. Do you have to have dance experience to be able to follow along in a class?

Although Zumba is considered a dance fitness class you are not required to be a dancer to take the class. Of course, because a dancer has experience with music, rhythms, and choreography they may be able to pick up the routines quicker but overall the class is designed for everyone. The moves are simple and repetitive so that if you miss it the first time you can pick it up the 2nd or 3rd time around. Eventually after a few classes (since most of the routines are the same each class and only change periodically throughout the year) you will become a Zumba dancer no matter what your previous background is. I always encourage those taking the class for the first time not to get discouraged as its all just for fun, if you get lost just keep moving. Remember this class is for you and your body, so don't worry about anybody else but yourself.

Catch a Zumba class with Candice at City Dance Corps or at Flirty Girl Fitness

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