Becoming a Zumba Instructor is a great way to earn a self employed income, while keeping fit, making lots of new friends and having a great time. When you become a Zumba Instructor everyday at work is a party!

Most new Zumba instructors are already existing fitness or dance instructors, however Zumba is open and very welcoming to first time instructors too. Zumba can be the perfect entry point into a fitness or dance teaching career.

To become a Zumba Instructor you must attend one of the Zumba Instructor training courses, and then keep your instructor license current, through a number of varying courses offered by Zumba or by joining the Zumba® Instructor Network (ZIN).

Step 1: Go to Local Classes

If you have not already done so, attend several different Zumba classes in your area, this helps you several ways:

  • Gain some experience of several different teaching styles,  giving you a feel for what is involved
  • Understand the local areas and days already well covered by existing Zumba classes
  • Start to meet the people who will be your local fellow Instructors (treat this more as a networking opportunity than meeting the competition – at one time or another everyone needs cover for their classes)

Step 2: Chose A Zumba Qualification

ZUMBA® BASIC 1 

Zumba Basic 1This is the basic entry level course most people take, it teaches the basics and the Zumba® formula for teaching a class, covering these 4 basic steps:

  • Merengue
  • Salsa
  • Cumbia
  • Reggaeton

During the course you will learn how to put these steps together into a song and how to create your first Zumba class and receive the following material:

  • Cardio Party and Live Class DVD
  • 20 Minute Express Workout DVD
  • 4 Basic Rhythms Review DVD
  • Cardio Party Music CD
  • The Zumba Instructor’s Manual
  • Zumba Certificate of Completion
  • AFAA Trainers receive 5.5 CEU’s
  • ACE Trainers receive 0.7 CEC’s
  • One-year license to teach basic Zumba classes

JUMP START GOLD 

Zumba Basic 1

This course is for new instructors to teach Zumba Gold, which is taylored to older adults and those whose fitness levels would prevent them from attending the standard Zumba Fitness. The course focuses specifically on the anatomical, physiological and psychological needs relevant for a Zumba Gold class.

The Jump Start Gold Instructor Training teaches you the foundation and Zumba class formula and prepares you to teach the Zumba Gold® classes by integrating the concepts of the Zumba Gold program.

During the course you will receive the following material:

  • Cardio Party and Live Class DVD
  • 20 Minute Express Workout DVD
  • 4 Basic Rhythms Review DVD
  • Cardio Party Music CD
  • The Zumba Basic 1 Instructor’s Manual
  • The Zumba Gold Instructor’s Manual
  • Zumba Basic 1 Certificate of Completion
  • AFAA Trainers receive 7.25 CEU’s
  • ACE Trainers receive 0.9 CEC’s
  • One-year basic Zumba license; Zumba Gold license as long as you are a ZIN Member in good standing

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Free Zumba Instructor Class TemplatesWhen you first start teaching Zumba there are many legal requirements you need to make sure you understand.

It can often be very confusing to find out exactly what you need to do to stay within the letter of the law.

Here is a 5 step Zumba Instructor legal plan, bringing all the legal requirements and resources into one place for you.

Make sure to bookmark this page and refer back to it as you progress through the topics.

Step 1 -Decide on your business structure & review gym contract (if applicable)

a) Read these two ZIN Legal resources articles (requires ZIN login)

b) If you will be registering a company, review the types of business structure in the country you will be working in:

Step 2 – Obtain a Zumba waiver form

a) Read this ZIN legal resource article (requires ZIN Login)

b) Review the Sample Zumba Waiver Form

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So I want to burn calories and lose weight, I’ve heard Zumba is really good for this, but just how many calories does zumba burn?

Your Zumba calorie burn depends on three key factors: weight, duration & intensity.

Calories are simply a measure of energy, the more energy required to perform an activity the more calories burned.

Weight

The more you weigh the more energy required to allow you to dance – two people dance for the same amount of time and intensity but one weighs more than the other, the heavier person will burn more calories.

Duration

The longer you dance for the more energy required – two people weighing the same amount dance at the same intensity but one does it for longer this person will burn more calories.

Intensity

The harder you work, the more energy required – two people weighing the same amount dance for the same amount of time but one works hard (faster, more exaggerated movements etc) this person will burn more calories.

To see your own person calculation of how many calories does Zumba burn use the Zumba Calorie Calculator

Zumba History

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by Joanne Chapman

Mid 90s – Zumba is Born

Beto Perez, was working as a fitness instructor in his native Columbia, one day Beto was teaching an aerobics class but forgot his normal music, so instead improvised with his own personal tapes he had in his bags. This was the music he had grown up with of salsa and meringue.

The class loved it and in that moment the Zumba® Fitness-Party was born.

1999 – Zumba Moves To The US

Beto moved to the United States and started teaching Zumba classes in Miami Florida. The students loved it and these classes soon became extremely popular with news of the Zumba classes spreading quickly via word of mouth. Soon after via a students mother Beto met her son Alberto Perlman and his fellow entrepreneur Alberto Aghion.

2001 – Zumba® Fitness Established

The three Albertos agreed to work together to establish the Zumba Fitness company, registering the trademark for the word Zumba® and putting in place a plan to establish it as a global brand.

Zumba® Fitness started recording and selling DVDs, then moved onto infomercials which brought wider public awareness and led to the demand for Zumba Instructors. At this point Zumba really started to hit the big time.

2005 – Creation of Zumba Academy

In 2005 Zumba established a Zumba Academy to teach and license Zumba Instructors who would then teach Zumba classes. The company was further expanded into the area of merchandise around the Zumba brand with the creation of Zumbawear.

2008 – Best selling Home Fitness DVD

In 2008 the  Zumba Fitness® Total Body Transformation System featuring Beto and two of Zumba’s great stars Tanya Beardsley and Gina Grant became one of the widest selling home fitness DVDs.

2010 – Zumba Gaming

Zumba became the first fitness brand to release a program to all major gaming platforms, with the release of

  • Zumba Fitness for Wii
  • Zumba Fitness for XBox
  • Zumba Fitness for PS3

Zumba The Future

Where will Zumba go in the future, will Beto be doing the meringue aboard a Virgin Galactic flight making Zumba the first fitness program to be performed weightless?

Who knows, one thing for sure, millions of people world wide are discovering the wonders of a great Zumba Fitness Party workout, the message is out and the world is buzzing, as this graph of google searches for “Zumba” shows:

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Zumba Waiver Form

by Joanne Chapman

As an Instructor do I need a Zumba waiver form? The short answer is, yes.

As a new Zumba instructor a waiver is one of the key pieces of documentation you will want for all your students to complete.

By completion of a waiver form your students are waiving their right to seek damages against you for any injuries sustained. For a waiver to be valid the following must apply:

  • You explain the hazards and potential dangers to the person before the activity begins
  • The signatory is over 18 years of age or the parent/guardian is the signatory.
  • The waiver is signed before the activity begins.

Where Can I find An Example Zumba Waiver Form?

Read our article about Zumba Instructor Legal Requirements and download your Free Zumba Instructor Class Templates

Zumba Insurance

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by Joanne Chapman

Every Zumba Instructor operates as an independent contractor and carries their own public liability insurance applicable to their area of operation.

As a new instructor you will need to buy a personal liability insurance policy to protect yourself and your students in case of any injuries. You can either purchase Zumba insurance coverage via your own insurance agent or through an online agency which specifically provides insurance covering fitness trainers and instructors for group exercises.

For no further fee, it may be possible to list the venue of your class as an additional insured, some venues require instructors that rent their premises to carry insurance covering the venue too.

For links to Zumba Insurance read our information on Zumba Instructor Legal Requirements

In addition to obtaining you Zumba insurance you should investigate obtaining or creating a liability waiver. We have created an example Zumba Waiver Form for you to use as a template, however the regulations concerning the rights of instructors and students are different from state to state and country to country, so you should consult your local lawyer for further clarification.

A liability waiver indicates the student will not blame or sue the instructor if they suffer any injury during a Zumba class.