Today’s blogger: Rachel Zavala, SHAPE’s fitness intern
Looking for a unique way to escape the scorching temps? Jump in the pool and dance away the calories at Aqua Zumba. This hour-long, group-fitness class follows the traditional Zumba format of Latin moves done to upbeat, shimmy-inducing tunes—but it’s performed in the shallow end of a pool. Thanks to the resistance of the water, every salsa, merenge, and reggaeton step takes a bit more effort (which helps work your muscles even harder!) The dance combinations are slightly slower than the ones you do in a typical Zumba class, but the energy is just as high: Participants clap and wave their arms to the beat, and there's plenty of high-spirited cheers. If you love the original Zumba class—or if you couldn't take one because of an injury or joint problems—the water workout is a fun, low-impact way to get in on the dance party this summer. Find an Aqua Zumba session in your area—there are more than 400 nationwide—at search.zumba.com/classes/. We promise you’ll forget all about the heat while you’re busting a move and blasting calories.
When was the last time you had this much fun working out?