Unsure if Zumba is for you? Here are five things to stop believing, and five reasons to get out on the dance floor and shake it!

If you were to ask most people in the world, they would have some idea about what the Zumba® program is. But there are many misconceptions associated with the brand. We’re here to put some of those to rest right here and now.

Myth #1: Zumba classes are too hard to follow

We often tell people that anybody—and we mean anybody—can take a Zumba class. And we aren’t kidding! All you need is the will to move. Whether you’ve got zero coordination, two left feet or have been a dancer all your life, there’s plenty of fun to be had. Unlike a traditional dance choreography class, the Zumba formula consists of basic steps that are frequently repeated and set to amazing tunes. So, it’s not about nailing the moves. It’s all about feeling the music and simply moving, period.

Myth #2: The only music you hear in a Zumba class is Latin music

This is perhaps one of the biggest misconceptions out there! While it’s true that the dance workout was originally Latin-inspired, it has grown to cater to a global audience. When you take a class, of course you will always hear the much-loved Latin songs, but also expect to hear everything from pop, hip-hop and salsa to reggae, dancehall and even EDM.

Myth #3: Teaching Zumba is a good hobby, but not a good career

It’s pretty amazing where a career with Zumba Fitness can take you. Because it’s your own business, the possibilities are endless. By joining the Zumba Instructor Network and having access to exclusive choreography and music, those endless possibilities become even stronger. Imagine being a licensed Zumba Instructor who travels the globe to train other instructors. Or making special appearances on TV and DVDs. You might become a choreography specialist (Zumba Jammer). Or you might make an impact on hundreds of students each week in your regular classes. It’s up to you to take your career as far as you want to go!

Myth #4: Men don’t take Zumba classes

We know: When you take a look around your class, you see more women than men. But that’s not to say that the men aren’t there! Men love dancing just as much as women do and they feel that #ZumbaBurn just like anybody else.

Myth #5: Zumba is not effective

Zumba classes are one of the most effective forms of cardio out there. But more than that, they help to build muscle tone, increase flexibility and even boost your mental health. But don’t take our word for it. Check out this study by ACE Fitness.

This post originally appeared on zlife.zumba.com.

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