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12 Hot Fitness Trends You Should Know About (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 10/25/10 01:03 PM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:05 PM ET

Hypnotic Latin dancing? Fire-escape climbs? Inspirational spinning classes? We've pulled together 12 hot fitness trends that are sweeping the nation.

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Over seven million people have tried this popular new form of exercise. And why not -- it combines hypnotic Latin rhythms and dancing and can burn anywhere from 600 to 1,000 calories.

The man behind the dance, Alberto Perez, was a former aerobics instructor who one day forgot his workout music and grabbed some Latin tapes from his car. From that day on his students refused to go back to the "tum-tum-tum" aerobics beat.

During a Zumba class you'll experience a variety of dance rhythms like mambo, cha-cha, cumbia and merengue, with the occasional hip hop or belly dancing move thrown in.

Word around town: "Zumba broke some of the rules of fitness." -- CNN

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Filed by Rachel Martin  |