Dancing king and Strictly Come Dancing star Matthew Cutler is presenting our Zumba Today's Special Value for us today and we're so excited! He'll be joined by Enrico Stey, another Zumba instructor, and together they will be showing us just how it's done!
If you're new to Zumba or want to know more, we caught up with Matthew himself to find out how he got started and what the fuss is all about…
I'm new to Zumba – what should I expect?
If you're new to Zumba, I can guarantee that you will have fun and it won't feel like any other workout you have tried to before. It has lots of different moves to try and learn, lots of different songs with different rhythms, some fast some slow, and the workout will just seem to fly by. However, at the end you will be hot, sweaty and feel you have had a great workout.
How did you first come across Zumba?
After I stopped dancing so much, I really needed to get back into shape. I tried going to the gym, jogging, swimming etc… all the things that you have to do to get fit. Then a friend of mine, who had just returned from America, brought a Zumba DVD to my house for me to try. So, I put it on and did the whole workout and absolutely loved it! Ever since then I have been doing Zumba 4 – 5 times a week!
Why did you decide to start teaching it?
Firstly, I think it's a great way to get into shape - it's so much more enjoyable than going to the gym. It's also the only thing I've managed to stick to doing! We have a great little dance school and it's great to teach something that you really enjoy doing yourself. We have people in our Zumba classes who have lost lots of weight and are fitter and stronger and that gives me a lot of satisfaction seeing that happen.
How does Zumba compare to other dancing styles?
The style of Zumba is based on Latin rhythms. I think if anyone hears Latin music, they find it very hard to keep still and not move to the beat even if they can't dance at all. It's very different to any other fitness programme that I've tried before, mainly because it doesn't feel like a fitness programme, it just feels like you are dancing and the atmosphere is much like a party!
Although the music is Latin inspired, it's very different to Latin dancing which is very technical, very controlled and can take years and years of practice, especially at a competitive level. For Zumba, although there are different dance moves to learn, these are are much more simple and repeated quite a lot during a song. In a couple of classes, I'm sure most people could follow a whole hour class which roughly includes 11 dances.
Are you looking forward to presenting Zumba on QVC?
The package that we will be selling is amazing value and I wish I had got my hands on it from the beginning. It has everything you could possibly want to enjoy Zumba and change your body shape and fitness level. We will be talking about all the DVDs that are in the package and demonstrating the moves, slowly and then to tempo.
We want to get across that Zumba is great fun, is suitable for all ages and you don't have to know how to dance to do it. Plus, it really does feel like a party!