If you are new to Zumba, you may be wondering which class you should take, Zumba or Zumba Gold. Both classes are going to give you a great workout, but here are 5 key things to know about Zumba Gold that can help you decide which class is right for you.
1. Zumba Gold is for everyone.
You might have heard that Zumba Gold is just for senior citizens 55 years of age or older, but that’s simply not true. Zumba Gold is for adults of any age, health, shape, or size. Some people might not have the energy to take a regular Zumba class, but that doesn’t mean they should miss out on all the fun. Zumba Gold allows those participants who, for whatever reason, can’t tolerate a regular class. For Instance, people recovering from an injury, obese, or just don’t like the music up too loud.
2. Zumba Gold is a bit gentler and less impactful than Zumba.
Zumba Gold is designed to reduce the impact on your joints and muscles. There are no jumping, stomping, or twisting leg moves in Zumba Gold. The speed and range of motion for most of the moves are also reduced, preventing injury to some participants. Many times, the instructor will also demonstrate alternative move options. The choreography is less complicated and therefore easy to learn.
3. You may hear the instructor speak more in Zumba Gold.
In a regular Zumba class, the instructor will use visual cues to direct the class about the next moves and how many. The instructor doesn’t count out loud and lets the music play at a high volume. In Zumba Gold, in contrast, the instructor gives both visual and verbal cues to direct the class and the music volume is lower so that those hard of hearing can participate.
4. Zumba Gold can help you transition up to Zumba.
Zumba beginners who might not quite be ready for regular Zumba might want to try Zumba Gold classes for a while, just to get a feel for the moves, rhythms, and choreography. Many participants have stated that Zumba Gold has boosted their confidence and made it easier for them to take the more rigorous Zumba classes later.
5. Zumba Gold has different music than Zumba.
Not only does Zumba Gold have the basic rhythms of Salsa, Merengue, Reggaeton, and Cumbia, but in a Gold class you’ll also hear some classics from the ’60s, and ’70s, and fun rhythms like Bachata, Tango, and Flamenco. Another rhythm commonly found in a Gold class is the Jive!
If you’re still on the fence about trying Zumba, because it looks like it may be too intense, try checking out a Zumba Gold class in Tullinge or request a trial. A Zumba class is a party, and you can expect to party in Zumba Gold as well!