How to Get Better Balance for Zumba

How to Get Better Balance for Zumba
by Neil Johnson | August 27, 2013

More than a decade ago Zumba stormed the fitness industry and changed the lives of many. Today, it is the most exhilarating and electrifying dance sensation on the planet. Dance of any form requires practice, hard work, dedication and passion, but with these qualities there is also another element without which your dance remains lifeless, that is, balancing!

Be it the tango, the merengue, salsa or Reggaeton without proper balance, every dance style can make you feel embarrassed. Picture yourself doing the salsa spin with your partner and you lose balance, what happens?

So what’s the drill with Zumba balancing? Your Zumba workout can get very challenging with proper balancing, which in turn translates to more caloric burn. So what are you waiting for?

Zumba Balancing: Exercises to Get Better

Try to engage into a weekly balance oriented workouts to get you going:

Stride with Stability Ball

  • Place a stability ball under your left arm.
  • Stand up-straight by widening the space between your legs to that of your shoulders.
  • Stride forward with your right leg and land heel first to the ground.
  • Now bend your left leg with knee touching the floor.
  • Lower your body while your right knee remains slightly above your ankle.
  • Get yourself back up, take a second step this time with your left leg.
  • Repeat steps on alternate legs and do three sets of 15 repetitions.

The stability ball makes this workout challenging, allowing your body to adapt to this position.

Zumba Balancing: Stability Ball Sit

  • Take a seat on the stability ball.
  • Situate thighs titling down while your feet remain horizontally flat.
  • Compose posture, keep hips steady and slowly lift your right foot.
  • Hold this position for 5 seconds, and lower your foot.
  • Perform the same on the alternate foot 
  • Attempt 12 repetitions on each foot.

Improves hips performance, core and overall postural alignment.

Zumba Balancing: Solo Leg Lift

  • This pose is much like a crane pose.
  • Maintain your balance on one leg.
  • Extend both arms on either side.
  • Your knee supporting your balance remains straight.
  • Bend to the front slowly at your hips and lean torso in the front as well.
  • Your body will now form a horizontal position.
  • Begin to raise your other leg in a horizontal position.
  • Repeat step on alternate leg.
  • Complete 12 repetitions for up to three sets.

Zumba Balancing: Standing Posture

  • Stand straight with feet aligned.
  • Shut eyes and lift right foot off the ground until your thigh reaches a horizontal position.
  • Widen your arms to either side in order to support your balance.
  • Hold position for half a minute and switch legs.
  • Perform three sets of 12 repetitions on each leg.

Holistic Factoid

Pilates is another form of aerobic exercise which is considered for postural alignment. It requires precise range of motion, rhythm, focus and concentration to achieve a stunning and sculpted body with better balance. To learn more about Pilates visit our Pilates page.

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About the Author - Neil Johnson

Neil Johnson is an avid Zumba enthusiast who thoroughly enjoys writing about his passion! Neil believes the world can be categorized into 2 categories respectively.those who love Zumba and those who will soon fall in love with Zumba! Commonly referred to as Zumba Johnson, Neil has all the Zumba information you have been looking for. From Zumba Tips to Zumba In-depth Information,Neil always has something in store for you!

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