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Auburn Curves adds Zumba to fitness workout

Curves, the facility specializing in women’s fitness, and Zumba, a dance-fitness program have created a 30-minute workout class mixing the moves of Zumba with the strength training of Curves.

“Curves Circuit with Zumba Fitness is an amazing workout that will really help people stick to their New Year’s resolutions,” said Auburn Curves owner Jeanne Pratt. “It combines Curves’ proven strength-training program – where you can burn up to 500 calories in just 30 minutes – with the Latin and international inspired music and exhilarating, simple dance moves that have made Zumba so popular. I’m inviting Auburn residents to try it free for one week.”

During the 30-minute class, participants work out on each Curves strength machine for one minute, alternating upper and lower core muscles. After one minute, the music cues the participant to change stations on the circuit, and she moves to an area between machines to do Zumba moves that tone and sculpt the body while burning fat. A licensed Zumba instructor teaches simple, modified Zumba moves from the center of the circuit.

Katie Mitchell, Curves’ director of exercise and research, said, “This is definitely a boredom-busting workout. There’s a lot going on to keep your attention and keep you motivated. You’re listening to high-energy music that just makes you want to move, watching to make sure you’re meeting your goals on the strength machines and training your body and brain by learning new dance moves.

“And research shows that the dynamics of group exercise like the Curves Circuit with Zumba Fitness classes promote attendance and lower drop-out rates, so people are more likely to stick with it,” Mitchell said.

At the end of the 30 minutes, participants will have completed one trip around the entire circuit, worked every major muscle group and achieved a cardio workout ending with a group stretch led by the Zumba instructor.

Auburn Curves is located at 421 E. Main St.

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