TEMPE, Ariz. -
Do you zumba? It’s an exercise craze started in the 90′s that takes Latin dance and mixes in a little hip hop with aerobics.
In other words it’s not for the faint of heart — but one man has taken zumba and made it a fun workout for the young at heart.
Barry Brooks founded “Cookies From Home.” When he sold the business he needed a new venture.
“I started taking zumba with my wife and she turned to me and she said, ‘you know,’ she was watching how much fun I was having and she said, ‘you could do this, you could lead zumba.’”
Brooks now teaches 19 classes a week at valley adult centers.
“By not being real young myself, I just found an affinity with the active adults,” he says.
His clients love it, even though the younger generation doesn’t always get it.
“Some people sit all day and I don’t want to do that,” says Jacqueline Cotter. “I told my family and they said you and zumba?”
Zumba is a great way to get active, no matter what age. There is even a 106-year-old in the class.
“I want everyone to have a great time,” adds Brooks.
Zumba classes that are specifically aimed at elderly people can help them build strength and improve motion and posture.