Whether you’re new to the gym or you just want to try a new class, Zumba is a great way to exercise. We know it can be intimidating to walk into a new class. The following guidelines will help you understand what to expect:

Zumba Dance PartyDress appropriately

First and foremost, this is a fitness class—not a dance class. Be sure to come into class wearing sneakers and loose fitting clothing. You’re going to be moving. A lot.

You don’t have to be a good dancer

You don’t even have to be a mediocre dancer. All you have to do is keep moving. Walking into Zumba is not like walking on stage with Taylor Swift’s back-up dancers. Most of the people in class with you will be struggling to keep up. It’s not meant to be easy and the instructor doesn’t expect you to get everything right. Just keep your feet moving with a smile on your face.

Bring water

Zumba is a fast-paced workout. Even if you’re missing a bunch of the steps, you’re still going to be moving around quickly. Do your best to stay hydrated. It will help you in the long run.

Group ExerciseYou don’t have to be in great shape

One of the common misconceptions of Zumba is that you have to be in great shape to keep up. It’s true that Zumba can be a high-intensity cardio workout, but it doesn’t have to be. You can do as little or as much as you can do. Often, your instructor will give you alternative moves if you have trouble keeping up.

Routines are always changing

Once you think you’ve figured out the moves, the instructor changes them. Don’t let this bring you down—Zumba classes were created to keep your on your toes. Doing the same moves over and over again would be boring, right?

It’s always an eclectic group

Zumba is for all ages and all skill levels. There will be class regulars who know all the moves and there will be people who are new to the class. Be sure to follow proper group exercise etiquette.