I tried Zumba in Edinburgh for the first time a couple of weeks ago and loved it. I wish this form of exercise had been around just before I got married in 2007 as it would have helped with the pre wedding fitness routine!
Not only does it burn calories fast and shape your waist like nothing on earth, it also doesn't really feel like you are exercising!
If you've not heard of Zumba before, it's a Latin American inspired dance fitness routine and involves a bit of Salsa, Merengue, Calypso, Samba and a few others. The good thing is, you don't need a partner (don't you hate these dance classes where you have to rotate between partners? Usually guys with sweaty palms and not a single bit of rhythm in their body!).
You start off with a gentle warm up, then the beat goes up a notch and in no time you are swaying your hips and shaking your bootie to the latin tunes, which include Ricky Martin's Maria, Shakira's Hips Don't Lie, Que Te Mueve Merengue and lots more.
I went along to a class in Corstorphine in Edinburgh run by the Zumba Boys - Tom and David and had a great time. I felt more like I was going out for a night of dancing with the girls rather than to a fitness class. At the end of the class I'd burned 610 calories, according to my trusty heart rate monitor (that's a bottle of wine) and felt ready for the weekend.
If you live in Edinburgh or the Lothians and are looking for a way to shape up for your wedding (or just in general) I highly recommend going along to one of the Zumba Classes in Edinburgh. It doesn't matter if you can't dance or are feeling a bit unfit - this sort of exercise is great fun and suitable for all levels.