Source: Nytimes

Created in the late 1990s in Colombia by the fitness instructor Alberto Perez, Zumba is a high-energy aerobic workout based on dance steps borrowed from merengue, salsa and other dances. An estimated 12 million fitness buffs worldwide are taking Zumba classes at about 110,000 locations. The sessions are taught at big city health clubs and storefront yoga studios, in church basements and school auditoriums — even in nightclubs during the day.

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Dance away to the thumping rhythmic beats blasting from the speakers! We’re not talking about the clubs, but dance workouts available on YouTube. Nowadays, as long as you have some internet connection and space at home, you don’t even have to walk past your front door to get a satisfying workout. Not only are dance workouts ridiculously fun, they also promise to help you tone the muscles in your body and burn plenty of calories.

Source: Melmagazine

I’m one of three men and 30 women awaiting direction at the start of a Saturday morning Zumba class, the group fitness program that combines Latin and World music with hip-hop dance moves. Judging from the leg warmers and fuchsia halter tops, there are no straight men in the room, myself included. Like everyone else, I’m here to sweat; but I’ve also come to investigate a bigger question: Why are group fitness classes so gendered?

Source: Huffingtonpost

I’m at my first Ceroc class – a fusion style of dance incorporating elements of Salsa alongside Rock’n’Roll. Ceroc is nothing new, with classes running in the UK for more than 20 years, but its popularity has steadily grown with the 200 weekly classes across the UK now having an average attendance of 93 people.

The style has had a recent resurgence in my area and I’ve joined a beginners class in Letchworth, Hertfordshire, which local franchise owners Alma Neville and David Walker have been running for just six weeks.

Source: Menshealth

I’ll be honest, there’s something about the thought of being the sole male in an otherwise all-female “dance cardio workout” class that made my nuts clench. And it wasn’t having to wake up early on a Saturday morning.

Perhaps it was the huge “Girls Rule” sign over the entrance, or the lonely feeling of being the only occupant in the men’s locker room.