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A couple of months ago, I got my Aqua Zumba license along with some friends from work.
I was waiting until I had my first class under my belt, and now that I’ve taught and survived, here’s a Focus On post
What is it? Aqua Zumba is very similar to regular Zumba classes, except for the very obvious: you’re in the water. Similar to many pool classes, you’re going to be doing lots of resistance work with the water, including cardio elements, lateral movements and jumps!
What to expect? A pool dance party. Something about being in the water with loud Latin music playing really makes you feel like you’re at a beach party. Everyone is smiling and having a blast. Similar to classic Zumba classes, the moves are not broken down. You dance along and follow the instructor, who will use physical cues and patterns in the music to teach. The beauty about Zumba is that the moves will repeat themselves for the same portion of the song (for the chorus, you’ll always do the same thing, for the hook, you’ll do the same thing and so on) and if you’re not doing it perfectly, it doesn’t matter. Feel the music, enjoy yourself and as long as you’re not slamming into your neighbor, you can pretty much do whatever you want
One of the things that makes Aqua Zumba appealing is the fact that no one can see your dance moves. They can see your face, shoulders and head, so if you’re smiling and moving the bottom half of your body, no one knows if you’re doing the moves perfectly. It’s a great option for those who are intimidated by dancing in front of others, and also a great option for those with joint concerns.