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Zumba not weight-loss program: Founder

  • Jessicha Valentina

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, December 11 2018   /  12:55 am

Stay fit and healthy: Zumba founder Beto Perez poses during a ZIN Academy event in Jakarta.(JP/Jessicha Valentina)Zumba, an aerobic fitness program, is currently trending in Indonesia.

Many fitness enthusiasts join Zumba classes for its health benefits, including losing weight. However, Beto Perez, the founder of Zumba, said on Saturday during a press conference that he initially created Zumba to make the participants feel happy, not as a weight loss program.  

“One of the consequences [of joining Zumba] is losing weight,” said Perez, who visited Jakarta to coach 500 Zumba instructors at the Zumba Instructor Network (ZIN) Academy, a full-day Zumba training program for registered and active instructors.

He said Zumba’s choreography activated endorphins, making the participants feel happy.

In regard to Zumba’s growth in Indonesia, Perez said it was ...