What it is: All the latin-inspired, dance-fitness moves of regular Zumba but with added resistance from the water. Our instructor guided us through the moves on dry land so we could see all of her movements. Just like in a regular Zumba class, we jumped, stretched and moved to the beat of the music — all while pushing our arms and legs through the water. (One neat trick: You can adjust the level of difficulty by closing or spreading your fingers when pushing through the water. Open fingers provide less resistance, while a flat, closed palm makes things a little harder.)
Who should try it: Everyone! This workout is completely beginner-friendly, but it even got my heart rate up. Plus: Being in the water makes even the fast-paced Zumba moves nice and easy on your joints.
My favorite move: The exercises didn’t have names, but I’d call this one the “Walk Like An Egyptian.” Extend one arm out to the side, bent at a 90-degree angle with your fingers pointing down (like the back half of the famous pose). Keeping the top half of your arm lifted up away from your body, swing your hand toward your torso and then away, pushing the water away from you with a flat palm. You’ll feel it in your triceps — it gets right to that hard-to-tone “bat wings” zone.
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The bottom line: This was a really fun way to get a good cardio workout with a little added light toning. The fun, “party” spirit of Zumba definitely translates to the water — especially while on vacation!
Have you guys tried Zumba in the water? Tell us what you thought in the comments!