The Zumba dance craze is set to hit Edinburgh this weekend with the Worlds Biggest Zumbathon taking place at the Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston on Sunday.
Organised by and in aid of Scottish care charity Quarriers, the event has been endorsed by Zumba, the registered organisation behind the workout craze, and is part of a Guinness world record-breaking attempt for the most people doing Zumba for 30 minutes.
Inspired by Latin dance, the routines feature interval training sessions where fast and slow rhythms and resistance training are combined to tone and sculpt your body while burning fat.
Zumba is currently being taught at over 60 000 locations in 105 countries with 7.5 million participants taking classes every week.
David Lowe, who teaches zumba classes in Edinburgh as one half of The Zumba Boys, said why he thinks it has become so popular in recent years:
“It’s not like having an instructor shouting left and right at you. It’s a great way to have fun and to get fit, with a great party atmosphere”.
The Zumba Boys will be two of the official Zumba instructors on hand to show people exactly what to do and people of all fitness levels are invited to take part.
The event will take place simultaneously at the Gorbals Leisure Centre in Glasgow.
As one of Scotland’s largest social care charities, Quarriers provide care and support for thousands of vulnerable children, young people, adults and families. They hope to have up to 1000 people taking part across the country.
Participants can register for the event at http://www.quarriers.org.uk or by calling 01505-610 017 and help raise as much money as possible.