My wife is a Zumba instructor. She started her journey here on Sparkpeople and we always direct people back to this site for food control and knowledge. There is no better site. If you are in the Dunn/Fuquay Varina area of NC look her up. She is Misty.
Her beginnings at Sparkpeople page - http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=M BOOTHE
She would love to hear from you and/or help you find other instructors in your area...
Fitness Minutes: (25,394)
1,030 1/27/14 6:07 A
I have been Zumbaing twice a week, but I am cutting it down to once and picking up another day in the pool because my IT Band is acting up, and Zumba is really too high impact for it, even if I modify it.
As many people have said, it is doubtful that you are actually burning 1000 calories a class, but if you are burning a significant number of calories, are they taken into account in your tracking? Consuming too few calories will make your weight loss stall. Also, try upping your water intake, and make sure that you are getting enough sleep.
Fitness Minutes: (734)
1/27/14 5:33 A
I do zumba 2 x per week. losing 1-2 pounds per week is the right way to lose weight. if you aim to lose more than that it is not healthy for your body. lose weight by eating less. not by exercise alone. lose it the way you want to live it
I zumba an average of 4 days a week and supplement the other days with Pilates classes, 'butts & guts' class and yoga or cardio-boot camp...Have been doing this since the start of the year & would like to keep up this pace...
Fitness Minutes: (41,986)
14,826 1/25/14 12:06 P
Congratulations on getting started on a healthy plan!
It can be frustrating when we don't see the numbers we want. Everyone is different and we all lose weight at different rates, even eating the same things and participating in the same activities.
Contests and challenges can be motivating but don't let them discourage you. Contest can add fun to work-outs and help motivate us to stay on track but achieving better health or fitness isn't really a contest with anyone else. Sometimes they get us comparing ourselves to other people in ways that hurt instead of help.
Concentrate on healthy habits. Losing weight extremely fast can mean more muscle loss rather than fat loss.
I agree with Archimedes. Most people do not burn 1,000 calories in a Zumba session. Most people don't burn 1,000 calories in an hour of running.
Are you using a heart rate monitor, Fitbit, or something like that to estimate the calories burned?
Weight loss generally comes from changing eating habits. Exercise can help assist in weight loss but is not the major factor.
A 200 pound person, running at a rate of 12 minutes for a mile, which is 5 miles per hour, MIGHT burn about 762 calories in that hour. http://www.self.com/calculatorsprograms/ calculators/caloriesburned/running/res ult?weightPounds=200&duration=60&activ ity=&met=8.0&submit=
Most people don't dance at that rate for the entire hour. There's a warm-up and cool-down which are slower, and most classes are either 55 or 50 minutes. Most instructors also like to include a song or two that is slower so that newbies and others can bring their heart rates down and no one gets to over-worked.
It is possible to burn 1,000 calories in Zumba. Your weight, muscle percentage, and intensity all affect the number of calories burned.
1/23/14 5:25 P
Yes, 3 or more times a week.
Fitness Minutes: (3,530)
1/23/14 11:32 A
I love love my Zumba!! However, it is great Cardio and I have toned up a lot, but Not been able to lose weight!! Inow do an intense Boot Camp ,and I have been able to shed pounds, due to building muscle. I personally think you should add more to your awesome Zumba workout..
Eating right is the KEY to weigt loss. I am a Zumba instructor, and I teach 3-4 times a week, and if I don't eat right, weight stays on.
Make sure you are tracking, and see what is going in your body.
1.8 loss is great. Don't compare yourself to others. Remember, weight loss that is slow is kept off more than big numbers.
Fitness Minutes: (70,873)
7,139 1/17/14 1:30 P
I miss my Zumba class! I will not be able to go back to it for two more weeks because of a business trip. Our instructor is quite the Energizer bunny...she starts fast and keeps going the full hour. I've also found several songs for my iPod!
Fitness Minutes: (13,947)
1/17/14 10:59 A
I take a class once a week and really enjoy it. I feel that if i took anymore classes I would get bored to easily. I am thinking that once i get back to work I might pick it up to two classes a week, but we shall see.
1/17/14 10:55 A
Zumba is my favorite. I Zumba 3 to 4 times a week. It burns a lot of calories while you're having fun. Of course you have to eat right also.
Fitness Minutes: (285,164)
24,079 1/15/14 12:38 P
I Zumba 4 -5 days a week. A couple of those days I Zumba 2 hours back to back. My first class is Zumba, followed by a Zumba Toning class.
Fitness Minutes: (277,123)
1/15/14 12:04 P
Have you been logging your food choices ? Have you been eating more nutritously and watching your portion sizes these past two months ? What most people don't realize is that when it comes to weight loss,"What matters most is what we eat". Good nutrition (and portion control) is what takes the weight off and keeps it off. Exercise is what keeps our bodies fit. In short, you can't outrun a bad diet with exercise. If you're not eating right, it doesn't matter how much you exercise. You'll be fitter, but not necessarily scale lighter.
Also, how do you know that you're burning 1,000 calories per class ? I know the late night infomercials make that claim, but that's not true. Most people (unless they are morbidly obese) do not burn 1,000 calories in a zumba class. If you really were burning 1,000 calories per class, the weight should be melting off. So, why isn't it ? Perhaps because you're not really burning 1,000 calories per class.
I know zumba is wonderful exercise, I've done it. It's a great work out BUT unless you are eating right, the weight won't come off.
In these past two months, while the scale may not have been moving as fast as you'd like, you may have noticed some non scale related changes. Are your clothes fitting better ? Do you have a bit more energy ? Can you walk up stairs without getting tired ? Can you carry more bags of groceries ? How's your blood pressure ? Do you know that if your blood pressure has dropped in the past two months, your doctor would be thrilled even if you didn't lose weight. Lowering your blood pressure is a HUGE health benefit.
Fitness Minutes: (630)
1/14/14 5:30 P
I have been doing zumba consistently for about 2 months now, and when I say consistently I mean at least 3 days a week. I love it and burn an average of 1,000 calories per hour. Our group just recently started a Biggest Loser Challenge, and in week one, I only lost 1.8 pounds while others have lost anything up to 10 pounds. I've been tracking my meals and eating better and doing zumba...getting a little frustrated with only a minimal loss. Our second weigh in is tomorrow and I'm nervous about it. I do not own at home because I don't want to be one of those that eat and weigh, eat and weigh...any suggestions on how I could increase my weight loss per week?
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