By Sylvia Lee
If you’re looking for a high-intensity workout that’ll give you maximum burn, but you’re in struggle street when it comes to motivating yourself, STRONG by Zumba® is the way to go.
Firstly, STRONG is totally different from Zumba® as it isn’t a dance class.
According to Master Trainer Jarrod Tucker: “STRONG by Zumba® is a non-dance, music-led, high-intensity interval training exercise class that combines bodyweight, muscle conditioning, cardio, and plyometric training moves.
“The routines were created first and then music was reverse-engineered to match every move perfectly.
“Studies have shown that moving in sync with music allows the body to use energy more efficiently and that music may distract people from pain and fatigue, elevate mood, increase endurance and even promote metabolic efficiency.
“Combining a high-intensity workout with muscle conditioning stimulates a higher caloric burn for the entire workout, and a higher rate of post-workout burn in a shorter period of time.”
As a music lover and couch potato, I went to see what the fuss was about on a Friday night and whether the music-led fitness approach at STRONG could finally motivate me to get fit.
Let’s just say it was unlike any fitness class I’ve ever tried.
Each class is an hour long and divided into four quadrants with each building on previous movements and combinations to target a specific area of the body.
I went in thinking I was going to either die or embarrass myself, or both, because I am the most uncoordinated and sedentary person ever. Thankfully, it was less intimidating than expected and everyone in the room was so positive.
Honestly, I was amazed by the party vibes and positive energy – our instructor, Katie, was brimming with it and it was so contagious that other participants were literally cheering and genuinely excited to be doing a boot camp-y HIIT class.
By the time it was over, I was the sweatiest I’ve ever been, but it seemed so easy to carry on even when I was tired AF because the music literally keeps you moving. I won’t lie: STRONG is one of the most challenging fitness classes I’ve ever tried, even for HIIT. But you’ll love how crazy it is, because the music and party vibes get you hyped up, plus it is such a dynamic workout.
My couch potato days may finally be over.
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