Beginner’s Guide to Zumba Fitness

Beginner's Guide to-

For those of you who don’t know that I’m a Group Fitness Instructor currently teaching dance fitness such as Zumba in San Francisco Bay Area and I get asked a lot especially from first time students who join my class about Zumba, so I thought I’d share some FAQ or a Beginner’s guide to Zumba Fitness:

What is Zumba?

Zumba is an Aerobic Dance Fitness program that teaches various Latin dances such as salsa,cumbia,merengue,reggaeton,hip hop,cha cha cha and so much more. Some people describe Zumba as a dance fitness party because really, it’s fun and feels like a party that will definitely make you sweat!


Who should take Zumba?

Anyone who can move,dance and have fun can join Zumba! All levels are welcome. Most Zumba classes welcome all ages and levels but if you want a specific type of zumba like for example for toddlers,kids and seniors, there’s a special Zumba class for it. Here are other types of special zumba classes:

  • Zumbini – This is great for parents and toddlers to have a quality time together learning fun music and dances.
  • Zumba Kids + Kids Jr. – A modified Zumba moves for kids 4-6 and 7-11 with cool and fun music for kids.
  • Zumba Gold – A low-impact modified zumba moves designed for active older adults.
  • Zumba Step – A high intense lower body workout that blends traditional step aerobics with energetic Zumba routines.
  • Zumba Toning – A modified Zumba dance that focuses on toning using a maraca-like toning sticks.
  • Strong by Zumba – A Music-Led High Intensive Tempo Training or HITT that pushes you to achieve your fitness goals using your body weight.
  • Aqua Zumba – This is great for all ages. A Zumba workout in the pool helps take pressure off your joints.

    Why should you take a Zumba class?

    Zumba is a super fun workout and has great music, but aside from that, there are other great benefits of why Zumba is a great total body cardio workout and people keep coming back for more:


  • It improves coordination,agility and flexibility
  • Burns calories
  • Boosts memory and mental functioning
  • Strengthens you heart and lungs
  • Improves muscle tone and strength
  • Increases energy
  • Improves balance
  • Reduces stress and/or depression
  • Promotes better sleep
  • Increases self confidence and self-esteem
  • ZUMBA-is-my-stress-reliefHow often should you go to Zumba?

    Try for at least once or twice a week to start off. Zumba is a great cardiovascular exercise to add to your workout plan.

    What to expect in Zumba class?

    Most Zumba classes are 45 minutes to an hour long. The class starts with a warm-up then the Zumba workout routines and ends with a cooldown and stretch. The Zumba workout routine part is where you will dance different types of latin dance moves. Each song is broken down to different dances, for example one song, you’ll dance salsa,the next song will be cha cha cha then the next song will be merengue.

    The Instructors make their own playlist to class depending on their taste or class’ demand. Most instructors don’t really speak during class to tell you what to do, they mostly use hand cues,clap or make a sound so pay attention to the instructor  if the instructor points which arm/leg to which direction.

    Where to find a Zumba class?

    Zumba is so popular now that it’s everywhere in the world! If you’re a member to any gyms or studios, ask them if they offer Zumba classes or check your city/town’s park and recreation program if they have one, or check it on the Zumba website at to find a zumba class near you.

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    Tips for first-time students:

    -Arrive early to class and introduce yourself to the instructor and inform him or her that it’s your first time taking a Zumba class. Ask your instructor what to expect and tips as a beginner in class. Find a spot in class where you can see your instructor’s full body, then dance,sweat and have fun!

    -Don’t be too hard on yourself. If you’re unable and /or frustrated to follow a certain routine, make up a similar move that is safe and easy for you to do. If you really want to learn a specific move that you’re having trouble with, ask your instructor after class if he/she can show you a step by step guide to master it.

    -Don’t forget to stay hydrated. Drink water before,during and after workout.

    -The purpose of this workout is to get you moving,to sweat,get in shape and have fun. So dance like nobody’s watching and enjoy the experience!





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    Original blog post by Dance Fitness with Pauline


“Let’s Get Loud” (Cha Cha Cha) Routine

Channeling my inner JLo! Here’s a Cha Cha Cha routine of “Let’s Get Loud” by Jennifer Lopez.

This song brings so many memories because this choreography was originally from my cheer dance (I choreograph some of our cheer dance back then) in high school but I changed some of the moves to make it more zumba or latin dance fitness for my students.

I hope you enjoy watching (and dancing) this routine. 🙂

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Let’s dance,get fit and have fun!



Fiesta De Las Americas 2017

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The Calle 24 Latino Cultural District just had their Fiesta De Las Americas event last Sunday, September 17th, 2017, located in the heart of Mission between 24th and Potrero. It’s a street party celebrating the culture, arts and music found from Patagonia to the Arctic Circle, with particular focus to the Latino diaspora who have made San Francisco their home for generations. Craftspeople and artists of all types joined to sell their boutique and handmade items and show-off their talents. It’s an event full of great arts,crafts and let’s not forget the delicious food (The Mission is known to have delicious food in San Francisco area).

I participated the event by performing Cumbia dance and Zumba Fitness with the Mission Zumba Instructors.

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I’m honored to be part of this amazing event. I had so much fun dancing with other instructors, appreciating arts and crafts and eating delicious food.

’til next time!



Mission Peak Hike with #SweatPinkSF

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Last weekend, I went hiking at Mission Peak in Fremont with Sweat Pink SF Ladies. Sweat Pink San Francisco is a community of active women in the San Francisco Bay Area who love to sweat and socialize like going on an outdoor adventure,meet ups, and monthly sip ‘n’ sweat workouts.


It was Sweat Pink SF’s first event and everyone who showed up for the event met up for the very first time.

It was a 7 mile, 3+ hours (round trip), moderate – strenuous hike on a hot Sunday but we survived the climbing uphill,the heat and conquered Mission Peak!

The view was just lovely!

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Here’s a short video of our Mission Peak experience:

If you’re in the Bay Area and love fitness,adventures, and meet other active women, please join Sweat Pink SF here!




“Despacito” (Salsa) Routine

Here’s my choreography for “Despacito” Salsa Zumba version. This song has been #1 on the charts lately and I really like it especially this version.

I messed up the last part of this routine because I forgot the next move but it’s really not a big deal. I hope you enjoy watching this video as I enjoyed dancing this routine.

Also, please check out my dance fitness website at for classes and other class information.