Zumba’s motto is “ditch the workout, join the party”, but is it really exercise, or just the chance to dance about like crazy? Well, both actually.
Strong by Zumba is a tough take on the fitness party that aims to tone every muscle in your body as you move to the rhythm of the music. The high intensity interval-training workout that has been synchronised to Latin beats and dance music is said to be one of the most popular exercise classes in the world.
Classes are certainly popular at Fit Inc, a fitness centre and gym, close to Emirates Towers. Think Zumba parties are invite-only for your mum? Our fellow Zumba lovers are of all ages, both men and women. Celebes love it too – EDM DJ Steve Aoki has just collaborated with Zumba Strong and Wyclef Jean allegedly stays in shape with Zumba.
For newbies, Zumba is a high-octane group classes led by an energising instructor. Fit Inc’s riff on this certainly ticks those boxes and – full disclosure – days later, we’re still feeling it.
Leading us for the session is Leonardo Murcia, a former professional dancer, who smoothly guides us through shimmying, shaking, strutting and a lot of sweating!
After a short warm-up, the pace never really lets up as we switch between blasts of dancehall, salsa and reggaeton. Don’t worry if you lose track or can’t keep up – the focus is on fun and having a good time and for sure you’re still going to burn some serious calories. Everyone in the class is really friendly too and we laugh over our efforts.
Need to know: Fit Inc is a busy gym at the top of car park, with well-equipped changing rooms and great views out to the sea – even if you’re too focused on your Zumba choreography to appreciate them.
Fit Inc. City Tower 2 Car Park, Sheikh Zayed Road. Near Emirates Towers Metro station (sea side). Classes AED 100. Membership packages now discounted to AED 4,500 AED for the whole year or AED 450 a month. For class timings, or any other queries, call 800 348462.