I started going to Zumba back in June. This was after a friend had won a couple passes to a local women's health club, and it included a free Zumba class. I had done some Just Dance games on the PS3, and figured that since I can usually follow along with things pretty well - it wouldn't be that hard. That class got me hooked, and the same week I started going to class at my local YMCA and haven't looked back.
I had found myself getting bored with the treadmill/elliptical - and actually dreading going to the gym after work just to do those things. But back in March, I started going to CXWORX to add something new to my workout regimen, which was a great class and I miss it a lot (not offered at night anymore). It was a quick core class and I noticed changes from that within the first few of months. Then came the addition of Zumba... and boy did the changes start happening!
I had CXWORX Monday nights, and went to the Zumba class before (cardio and strength!). Then I'd continue to do 2 more Zumba classes a week, and sometimes a 3rd if I felt up to it - or didn't have any plans Friday night. It was an addiction, and didn't feel like a workout to me. I enjoyed going to different instructors to experience a change, instead of the same 'ol songs day by day. And after awhile, you knew the songs and routines (or most anyway), so you could put even more effort into the workout and burn more calories. This was a good change, and what I needed.
CXWORX ended in August (which I am still bummed about), but I kept going with Zumba. I go a minimum 3 times a week, and sometimes 4 (or 5!) if my weekly plans allow. I never miss a class (unless I have something going on that I cannot miss), and that is something I cannot say ever happened when I was just going to hit up the elliptical or get a run/walk in on the treadmill. Working out became enjoyable and I can see the difference.
I am down on weight, but not much. I know a year ago I weighed 10lbs. more than I do now... so I think that's progress. However, my clothes fit better. I am not always concerned about my gut/muffin top showing over my pants - and can actually wear semi-tighter shirts since my stomach is getting flatter. I bought a new pair of black pants in October 2011 for a wedding that I was going to. I put those pants on a few weeks back, and they were WAY too big. Although this was exciting, knowing I'd have to buy new pants was not (thank goodness for alterations). That was what I had been looking for to happen for SO long in my workouts, and wasn't seeing the results.
I recommend that everyone try this class out, even if they don't think they can do it. I had it easy where I can learn and pick up moves fast... but don't let that discourage you. I see people of all shapes, sizes and ages shake their butts! And as every instructor says - There is no right or wrong, just keep moving!
I do still go and workout with the treadmill, ellipitcal, bike, etc on occassion. But, my main workouts are this class. I am also going to start incoporating pilates and yoga to get that core strength going again... and cross my fingers that CXWORX comes back in the spring for a class that I can actually go to.