Zumba is a popular fitness program that incorporates aerobic and dance elements along with some resistance training. The program contains many dance and aerobic moves from different styles and this is one reason for its popularity. It has also the favorite workout of many celebrities and their endorsements have led to the mainstream popularity of the program. Zumba classes are taught by a licensed instructor and there are many different variations of the program depending on fitness level and age. Zumba DVDs and video games are also popular with people who want to exercise at home. Let’s find out who invented this fitness program.
Who invented Zumba?
The origin of Zumba can be traced back to Columbia in the 1990′s when fitness instructor Alberto “Beto” Perez forgot his tape of aerobics music for a class. Being a dancer and coreographer, he used salsa and merengue music that he had in his backpack and improvised a class. He continued to run these classes in Columbia with much success. However, the modern Zumba wasn’t founded until 2001 when Perez brought his fitness program to the United States where he teamed up with Alberto Perlman and Alberto Aghion to trademark the name and produce a demo reel. A company called Fitness Quest licensed the concept and created the first home videos. It wasn’t long before Zumba became the number 1 selling home fitness program of all time!
Did you know?
It is estimated that a full Zumba session burns between 500 and 1000 calories.
In 2005 the company created Zumba Academy, which licenses instructors to teach Zumba classes. Not long after this they also launched Zumbawear, which sells music, clothing and accessories.
In 2010 the first Zumba video game, called Zumba Fitness, was released on the Wii, PS3 and Xbox 360.