Friday, 7 March 2014

Have you been bitten by the Zombie Zumba bug yet?

Following the rise in popularity of fitness motivation apps like Zombie Run, facebook app zombie wars, and films such as Shaun of the Dead and Dawn of the Dead, we bring you Zombie Zumba.

Zumba* is the hugely successful fitness craze that has swept the world since 2001, with over 14 million people per week taking part in dance and aerobic moves. Various different offshoots have sought to get more people involved, and help even more people to get active.  And so Zombie Zumba was born.

Image courtesy of Alisha Adkins
“Zombie Zumba has a slightly different atmosphere to ‘vanilla’ Zumba classes, but with slower movements, arms outstretched, and a glazed expression on your face. Vacant, with a hint of sadness, like a drunk who’s lost a bet”, said Dianne, an actress and ZZ Instructor. “Dressing up is a big part of the fun of Zombie Zumba, some attendees go to such extremes, that instructors have been worried that they have actual zombies in their classes.”

It seems that if you get bitten by the Zombie Zumba bug, you’ll find it hard to stop coming to classes. Diane doesn’t go into the health benefits of the classes, as she says that existing members seem to do all the recruitment. “Every new class fills within 4 weeks, and you find that you have to start a new class 28 Days Later”. Once you’re a convert, you want to make everyone else join in.

* Zombie Zumba has no affiliation whatsoever with Zumba Fitness, the dance fitness program created by Alberto Perez in the 1990s

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