The Hippo


May 28, 2020








 A few local specialty Zumba classes

• Old Bedford Town Hall (3 Meetinghouse Road, Bedford,,
Offers: Zumba Gold on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 6 to 7:15 p.m.
• Bow Community Building (10 Bow Center Road, Bow, 228-2222)
Offers: Zumba Sentao on Thursdays, from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m.
• CORE Fitness (2 Home Ave, Concord, 224-6530,
Offers: Zumba Toning and Zumba Step; call for days and times.
• Circle 9 Ranch (39 Windymere Drive, Epsom, 736-9656,
Offers: Zumba Gold, Zumba Sentao (See website for full schedule)
• Curves (17 Old Nashua Road, Amherst 672-8300; see for other NH locations)
Offers: Zumba in the Circuit, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 to 10:30 a.m., and Thursdays from 4 to 4:30 p.m. 
• Merrimack YMCA (6 Henry Clay Drive, Merrimack, 881-7778,
Offers: Aqua Zumba on Mondays and Fridays from 10:45 to 11:30 a.m. and Wednesdays from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.
• Z Club (100 Factory St., Nashua, 673-7417,
Offers: Zumba Toning, Zumba Kids (See website for full schedule)
For a list of regular Zumba classes and more specialty classes throughout New Hampshire, visit


There’s a Zumba for that
The dance-based workout has specialties for every user


Zumba isn’t one-size-fits-all. There are all kinds of Zumba specialties, including classes for people who want to add toning to the cardio-based workout, for people who need lower-impact moves and even for kids.
Walk into any Zumba class and you’ll  likely be immersed in upbeat music — probably Latin, but maybe pop or Irish or African. You’ll see a group moving in tandem through a hybrid of aerobic exercises flavored with Saturday night dance club moves. 
If you’re heading to Ginger Kozlowski’s Zumba Gold class, though, that group might be primarily middle-aged — although Kozlowski is quick to point out that, as with most forms of Zumba, anyone is welcome.
“[Zumba Gold] doesn’t mean it’s just for old people,” Kozlowski said. “Some people relate gold to old, but it’s really just lower-impact. It’s meant for people who are not used to exercise and want to genuinely work out and have fun.”
Since Zumba started soaring in popularity, different specialties have cropped up, especially classes for people with physical limitations. Zumba Sentao is for people who have trouble standing, for example, and Aqua Zumba is good for injury recovery.
Other specialties like Zumba Toning, Zumba Step and Zumba in the Circuit are more focused on the workout than the dance.
Jaime Rocheford, a Zumba instructor at Core Fitness in Concord, said she started Zumba Toning, which incorporates weighted shaking sticks, and Zumba Step, which includes step raisers, to introduce Zumba to her gym’s clientele.
“There’s a lot of the same people at the gym — people that do Boot Camp and TNT, those kinds of classes —  who aren’t really into the dance part of it,” she said. “But they come check it out, and then they learn they kind of like the dancing part too, especially on the step raiser.”
Chyrel Kneeland, owner and manager of Curves in Amherst/Milford, said adding Zumba classes was a way to shake up the regular Curves circuit routine, which incorporates nautilus machines, such as the leg press.
“In a minute interval, you do a machine for a little while, then you do a minute of Zumba before doing another minute of the next machine,” she said.
These new specialities have helped Zumba maintain its longevity at fitness clubs, but it’s the premise behind any Zumba class that really keeps people coming back.
“It doesn’t matter if you get it exactly right or not,” said Kneeland. “Do what you can and let’s have fun with it.”
There are certain elements of Zumba that instructors need to adhere to for it to be an official Zumba class. The music playlist, for example, has to be at least 70 percent Latin-infused dance music. 
Even so, no two classes are the same.
“Every Zumba class is different because every Zumba instructor is different,” said Kozlowski. “If you tried a class and you didn’t like it, try a different instructor.”
Instructors can organize their own playlists and incorporate their own moves.
“The music is always changing,” Kozlowski said. “It started out as primarily Latin, but recently, there has been a lot of world music [and] pop songs as well. All these different flavors keep the whole party atmosphere that Zumba tries to encourage.”
Regardless of which class you try, Kozlowski said, there’s no need be intimidated.
“The first time can be a little overwhelming because you aren’t familiar with the music or the moves, but ... as you become familiar with what’s coming next, that’s when you’re going to have fun with it,” she said. 


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