In a nut shell, the main difference between a regular Zumba class and a Zumba Toning class is the addition and focus on strength training exercises within the dances, as well as the addition of toning sticks. This type of class will not give you the aerobic workout you know and expect from regular Zumba classes, but instead works on circuit training (a few minutes of cardio followed by a few minutes of strength training) which creates a higher calorie burn than strength training alone, offers some cardiovascular exercise and because it is still Zumba – it’s FUN! And better again with the added core training to our classes you will be fit and sleek this Summer!!!
What are Toning Sticks?
The Zumba Toning Sticks are a pair of light weights (they come in 1lb and 2.5lb weights) that are typically used during a Zumba toning class. They are weighted with sand that allows you to shake the weight without the jarring to the body that would happen with a regular dumbbell. They are soft (so easy to hold on to) and they make a sound like a maraca when you sake them which makes them all the more fun.
You are able to use light hand weights instead of the toning sticks in a Zumba toning class. The toning sticks aren’t expensive, so they are totally worth it for the fun factor alone. If you do go the hand weight route, you should never go above a 3lb weight
Will it make me bulk up?
The truth is there are very few women who “bulk up” easily. To gain a pound of muscle takes an incredible amount of work and heavy weight training. The bottom line is, the weight amounts used in a Zumba Toning class are much too low to create muscle mass. The name “Zumba Toning” says it all, this class is meant to create a toned look – not a bulky look, and isn’t that what most women are looking for? The appearance of toned muscles especially in the arms, legs and core? In addition to the toning effects, it also helps to improve your posture, balance, coordination, agility, bone density, joint mobility – and lots more.
Is this workout for me?
As with any type of workout, Zumba Toning is not for everyone. If you have any known medical or physical conditions you should consult your physician before undertaking any new or different exercise program. He or she knows your situation best and can advise you whether a Zumba Toning class is appropriate for you.
Assuming you are a healthy and injury-free individual, who loves going to Zumba – does that mean Zumba Toning will be a good fit for you? Not necessarily. Zumba toning requires a whole new level of coordination and mind/body connection. If you are interested in attending a Zumba Toning class your first step should be asking your regular Zumba instructor if he/she thinks you are ready to try Zumba Toning. Certainly that doesn’t mean you absolutely need their approval before attending a class, or that you have to be a Zumba regular before taking up Zumba Toning but both are a good idea.
Zumba Toning without the sticks
Another option is Zumba Toning without the toning sticks. If your instructor feels you may not be quite ready to add the toning sticks to the workout they may suggest you attend the class and participate weight-free. You’re still going to get a great workout, and they are doing it for your own safety, not to single you out. The addition of weights (even light weights) requires you pay close attention to your range of motion, working in a controlled environment to avoid injury. You may find that your instructor asks all new participants to take the class without the sticks the first time so that they can observe you in action to make sure you won’t injure yourself when you do add the weights.