5NEWS Fit: Zumba

If it looks like a dance party, that’s because it is one.

“We call it Zumba parties because when you come to the class, it’s not a class,” said Zumba Instructor Carlos Hernandez. “It’s a party because people get excited about the music.”

You’ve probably heard of Zumba, but have you tried it? Instructor Carlos Hernandez at Powerhouse Gym in Fayetteville said it changed his life.

“I was a little bit overweight,” said Hernandez. “I weighed probably a 190 pounds.”

Now 50 pounds lighter, he’s teaching others to have fun exercising.

“The good thing about Zumba is that you work every single part of your body,” said Hernandez.

Just ask Candy Muir. She’s been doing Zumba for nearly two years.

“I’m moving things I couldn’t move for a long time, if you know what I mean,” laughed Muir.

She says she felt awkward at first, but she had the right mindset.

“I just thought, you know, I don’t know if I can do this, but I’m going to try it, and I love it,” said Muir. “It’s fun.”

According to Hernandez, you can lose 800-900 calories in a 45 minute class. The music and dance moves rotate, so you’re not doing the same thing every week. If you need a challenge, dance holding weights.

You’ll work up a sweat and have fun doing it.

You can learn more about Zumba from Hernandez by clicking HERE.

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