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5/13/13 2:04 P

Hey, Roxie !

What are you doing for strength training ? If you're not engaged in any type of strength training, I'm going to encourage you to start with one dedicated workout per week. a good strength training program will help increase your lean muscle. Having more lean muscle will help increase your metabolism by making your body more efficient at burning fat. Also, having more lean muscle will help tighten you up.

And along with any strength training you do, you should consider some cross training. Zumba is great. I love it, but consider trying a spinning class or maybe kickboxing. cross training will help keep you from getting injured.

You don't have your food diary posted. So, I don't know how much or what you've been eating. I know this is going to sound strange, but the reason you may not be losing is because you're not eating enough. Women are notorious for increasing the amount of exercise they do and decreasing the amount they eat. This is no good. If you want to lose weight, you need to eat. The quality of the food you eat matters.

Also, if you find yourself getting bored with your Zumba routine, then it's time to change your routine. Do you have other Zumba instructors at the gym ? Take their classes to see what they do. It's a way to learn some new moves that you can forward on to your class. I learn from other instructors all the time. When is the last time you went to a fitness conference ? I try to go to conferences once a year. Conferences are how you learn new moves and techniques. So, you might want to see what fitness conferences are in your area.

You may even want to ask all the Zumba instructors to get together to have a brainstorming session. trade music, trade moves. it's another way to change up your routine.

ROXIELU0422 Posts: 317
5/13/13 1:13 P

Oh, no I'm not one to walk around. I teach from beginning to end. I also wear a HRM to track my calories I burn as well.

SIMONEKP Posts: 2,618
5/13/13 12:50 P

I would say tighten up on the tracking and find any other activity that you enjoy to cross train on your non-teaching days. Are you doing the full exercises when you're teaching or are you walking around checking on participants etc? You may not be getting the workout you think you are. Also, add some ST.

ROXIELU0422 Posts: 317
5/13/13 11:40 A

I need some advice. I am a Zumba instructor and teach 3 days a week. My body has gotten used to it, and I track my food 90% of the time and my weight is not coming off. I know that jogging really helped me a few years ago to drop the pounds, however, at my current weight, it's really hard on my joints to jog. What can I do to ramp up my exercise to tell my body to let go of this weight? Elliptical? I am starting to strength train as well. I know that will help as well.

Thank you for your help!

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