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How to Learn Zumba at Home

Kathy is a Canadian freelance writer and blogger who is the mom of teenage twins.

There are many ways you can learn Zumba at home, including video games.

There are many ways you can learn Zumba at home, including video games.

What Is Zumba?

Zumba® Fitness is a Latin-inspired, calorie burning fitness dance program that has been enjoyed by more than 14 million people around the world since its inception in 2001. It was invented by aerobics instructor Alberto "Beto" Perez one day when he had to improvise after he forgot to bring his usual music to an aerobics class he was teaching. He used some salsa and merengue tapes he had in his car and discovered a fun new way to workout.

Perez and two partners developed a series of Zumba DVDs as well as an infomercial to help spread the word about their cardio based dance workout. In 2005, they developed a Zumba instructor training program to teach instructors how to lead Zumba classes around the world. They've since developed a line of Zumba workout clothes and accessories, music CDs, a complete fitness program and a line of video game workouts.

Zumba combines energetic international music and dance steps to give you a fun overall body workout. Zumba's tagline is "Ditch the Workout. Join the Party" because they try to make it so fun that you will forget that you are actually exercising.

Benefits of Zumba

Zumba is a fun workout, and is often billed as "exercise in disguise." I can't honestly say that I can completely forget I'm exercising when my legs are burning and I'm dripping with sweat, but the upbeat, energetic music does make it much easier to enjoy the workout. Because it's so fun, you may find that you are much more motivated to workout with Zumba more often than you are with other fitness programs that are not as enjoyable.

The cardio-based dance moves can help you strengthen your core, burn calories and tone your muscles. A one hour Zumba workout can burn up to 1000 calories and many people have lost a significant amount of weight by incorporating Zumba into their fitness programs.

If you've ever watched Dancing with the Stars, and wished you could do those fancy dance moves, Zumba might be just the thing you need to find your inner dancer. You will definitely learn latin dance moves like the salsa, merengue and rumba and might even be able to impress your friends with them!

Learning Zumba at Home

To gain the full benefits of a Zumba workout, I'd highly recommend that you try out a few Zumba classes. The fun party atmosphere will make you (almost) forget that you're working out, and you will be sure to have a great time.

However, if you can't find a Zumba class in your area that fits your schedule, or if you want to build some confidence by learning some basics before trying a class, there are a number of ways you can learn Zumba at home. The easiest ways to teach yourself Zumba at home is through DVDs, YouTube videos and motion based video games.

Zumba DVDs

Zumba was originally marketed as an in-home workout, and DVDs were the first product developed under the Zumba name in 2001.

Zumba DVDs will teach you the basic dance steps and feature easy-to-follow choreography and routines accompanied by energetic and upbeat international music.

Some of the types of music and dance steps featured in these videos include:

  • salsa
  • calypso
  • samba
  • mambo
  • flamenco
  • merengue
  • hip hop
  • cha cha
  • cumbia
  • reggaeton
  • and Bollywood

You can find individual Zumba DVDs on eBay or Amazon, complete with Zumba toning sticks.

YouTube videos

Another great way to learn Zumba at home is watch YouTube videos.

I suggest starting with a search for basic Zumba moves like the merengue or salsa and practising those until you feel confident that you know what you're doing.

Once you've mastered some of the basic moves and their variations, you can search for whole zumba routines on YouTube. If you have a favourite dance song, you can probably find a zumba routine on YouTube choreographed to it. These videos can be fun to practice to, and allow you to sneak in mini Zumba workouts whenever you need a break in your day.

Watching YouTube videos can be just the thing you need to master some of the basic Zumba steps to make the most out of your home workout, or give you the confidence to go out and try a class.

Zumba Video Games

In 2010, Zumba became the first branded fitness program to launch a video game on all three major gaming platforms. You can find Zumba games for Nintento Wii, Playstation 3 and Kinect for XBox 360. All of these video games utilize their system's motion sensor capabilities to provide feedback to help ensure you get a good workout.

Most of the games let you choose specific songs to dance to, or you can choose from a range of different routines at various difficulty levels. There is not much in the way of basic instruction though, and you may find it confusing to follow the computer generated model's movements if you are not familiar with the basic Zumba moves.

With a little practice, these games can be a fun way to workout. They usually allow up to four players, and can be fun to do with a friend or other members of your family.

Which Zumba Games Are Available for My Game System?

Video Game titleRelease DateAvailable for:

Zumba Fitness: Join the Party!

November 18, 2010

Nintendo Wii, Playstation 3, Kinect for XBox 360

Zumba Fitness 2

November 15, 2011

Nintendo Wii

Zumba Fitness Rush

February 12, 2012

Kinect for XBox 360

Zumba Fitness Core

October 16, 2012

Nintendo Wii, Kinect for XBox 360

Zumba Fitness World Party

November 5, 2013

Nintendo Wii, Wii U, Kinect for XBox 360, XBox One

Zumba Kids

November 19, 2013

Nintendo Wii, Kinect for XBox 360

Ditch the Workout and Join the Party!

Although learning Zumba at home can never quite duplicate the party atmosphere found at many Zumba classes, it is still a great way to get a great workout while having fun. You can burn calories, learn new dance moves and dance your stress away while learning new routines.

If you're looking for a fun new workout, give Zumba a try. Invite a few friends over, and have your own Zumba dance party!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Kathy Sima


Noa Keshet from Israel on May 29, 2017:

I love going to Zumba class, but doing Zumba at home with YouTube videos is also great fun. Like you said, it is a great way to practice and sneak in mini Zumba workouts throughout the day.

Kathy Sima (author) from Ontario, Canada on November 09, 2012:

It's really a fun way to workout, isn't it? I have seen some remarkable transformations in people who do Zumba regularly. I need to start doing it more often!

SkeetyD on November 08, 2012:

I am a zumba fan! I was introduced to it a couple of years ago but I did not get a chance to try the workouts until recently. From the first time out, I knew I would love it. The body transformation is amazing and you feel so good afterward even though you are tripping with sweat

Kathy Sima (author) from Ontario, Canada on October 15, 2012:

Thanks Crystal. It's great to hear that you found this helpful. I hope you give Zumba a try!

Crystal Tatum from Georgia on October 15, 2012:

Great hub - I've heard so much about zumba, and I'm curious, but I'd never be brave enough to go to a class, so these are helpful ideas about how to try it out at home first. Voted up and useful.

Kathy Sima (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 30, 2012:

Thanks MT, I'm glad to hear you found this article helpful. I first tried zumba at a fundraising event, and wished I had practiced a bit before trying it in public for the first time. It is a ton of fun, and it's definitely a great workout!

Shasta Matova from USA on September 30, 2012:

I've heard of Zumba, it seems like from everywhere, but hadn't taken the time to learn what it was all about. Thanks for the great information you have provided here. Now that winter is coming, I need something I can do indoors for exercise. All these videos are going to come in handy! Voted up.

Kathy Sima (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 26, 2012:

I'll tell him. I'd be happy to have you send some snow our way, but maybe only for a couple of months. Snow in April is not my idea of fun - it would put a serious damper on my gardening!

Georgie Lowery from North Florida on September 26, 2012:

It snowed a foot here the last week of April this year. I'm from Virginia and I've lived in Texas and Florida, so snow is definitely not my favorite thing. I dislike shoes, socks and long-johns. Please tell Mr. SavingKathy that I'd happily package it all up and send it back to Canada! :)

Kathy Sima (author) from Ontario, Canada on September 26, 2012:

Zumba at home is definitely a good alternative for the winter, instead of hiking up mountains with that much snow. Eleventy one feet sounds like an awful lot! By the way, my hubby is mad that you are getting all of the snow that we used to get up here in Canada. We hardly had any snow at all last year, which made skiing, sledding and snowshoeing rather difficult.

Georgie Lowery from North Florida on September 26, 2012:

I'm seriously thinking about Zumba because I live in NY and we're likely to get buried under eleventy-one feet of snow this winter. I won't be able to go for walks up and down mountains.

Thank you for the info!