I must love it since I teach it. I totally recommend going to youtube and searching for Zumba videos. There are tons of them out there. And it's free. I am not coordinated at all, at least I wasn't the first time I stepped into a Zumba class, however that comes with time. Did I ever think I would teach it? NO! but here I am. I've been teaching for 3 years and it's a fun class and it makes the time go by really fast.
I lost close to 60 pounds doing Zumba and eating better. So I know it does work. I do struggle with my weight though, and I've gained 50 of it back. It's not due to lack of exercise. I still teach and do other workouts. It's what I put into my mouth that gets me. Sorry, I got off on a tangent.
Check out the youtube videos and if you feel up to it, go try a class. No one will judge you or even look at your feet. I don't. My goal in my classes is to get people to move. That's all that matters.
I absolutely love Zumba, but I pick up dance moves pretty easily. If you don't like dancing, I would say it's not a good fit, but some people have "two left feet" and can still enjoy it. Zumba is about moving, not doing the moves perfectly. If you did try it, hopefully you have something other than carpet to do it on. There is quite a bit of pivoting and carpet can make it very hard on your knees. They do make "sliders" that you can put on over shoes that do help if you have carpet. I agree with others who say the best thing would be to go to one class just to see if you would like it, or see if you can find it used somewhere.
I have a friend who has lost over 30 lbs doing Zumba DVDs (and I assume eating right, though she only talks about Zumba!) and she LOVES it. I second the Youtube suggestion as I use Youtube videos constantly for exercise topics. I love to learn new exercises on there. I have the odd hobby of watching exercise videos for fun LOL. I have seen a few Zumba ones and they do look fun. We have it at my gym but they play the music too loudly and I have ear problems so can't participate.
I am very uncoordinated (didn't even dance at my own wedding!) but Zumba is really fun. I think Amazon has an older Zumba set (Exhilerate is the current series advertised but there's another that I think is running around $50). The video has a beginners education of basic moves that really do break down the steps super slow and you are encouraged to watch those as many times as you want.
I have never been to a class myself but own the old and new systems and have a blast. Is it a killer workout like Turbo Fire or Insanity? No (not in my opinion) but it is a great way to get your heart rate up, break a sweat, have fun and burn calories.
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I think Zumba is fun. In the beginning I was always going the wrong way. But I kept at it the moves repeat, and once you learn them you do better. I enjoy dancing and it is a good cardio workout. So if you like dancing I would give it a try. If you go on Zumba.com you can find local classes. I am now hopelessly addicted to zumba. I build up a sweat, and now can keep up with women much younger than me. good Luck.
I'm very uncoordinated but I love dance workouts. I may not do all the moves perfectly or look as good doing it but I enjoy it
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I highly recommend taking a class ($5-10) before dropping $90 on a DVD set. A class is really not as intimidating as it sounds. I personally prefer running and free weights to Zumba, but I have dropped in on a class from time to time to change things up. The classes I have taken have women ranging from their teens to their 70's. Zumba is not something that everyone will love, and it honestly does take a certain level of coordination. If you are adamant about not taking a class the next best option would probably be some youtube videos or maybe seeing if you can check out a Zumba DVD from your library.
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I don't enjoy dancing.
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There's also a Zumba game for the Wii for much less of an investment. You can also find drop-in classes in some communities starting at $5/class.
Never occurred to me to check You Tube. Thank you so much for answering.
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I'm not a fan. I've tried a class or two, and while it's an okay workout, I really didn't enjoy it much. I know it gets better, but it's not my exercise style, you know? I prefer boot camps and such, HIIT and stuff that doesn't require coordination. :)
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