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10/13/13 7:59 P

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There are some easier dance workouts out there. Crunch has some DVDs that I find to be easier than Zumba, but they got boring to me after a few times through. Billy Blanks Jr. also did several dance type DVDs that were less challenging. YouTube is also an excellent resource.

I didn't try Zumba until after I was already on my way to being fit, and it was killer at first, but it got easier with every class. Keep that in mind if you give it another try. :)

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10/13/13 7:01 P

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10/13/13 4:30 P

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If you enjoy Zumba, I agree that you might want to consider trying Zumba Gold. that's supposed to be for older folks, but if you have joint issues or feel uncomfortable in a regular Zumba class, you may feel more comfortable with Zumba Gold.

Have you tried any of Richard Simmons's Sweating to the Oldies types of workouts ? What I like about his DVD is that he does show a variety of different levels. He even has members doing the workout in chairs. So, if you feel that it's difficult to stand for long periods of time, you could do part of the workout while sitting in a chair.

You should also check out YOUTUBE. There are a bazllion different workouts posted. watch a few and see which ones you might like. Try belly dancing. That's a wonderful form of dancing as well as exercise. You might even try Bollywood style workouts too. Bollywood workouts have become very popular. You might like those too.

Just go at your own pace. make modifications when you need them. don't feel that you have to do what everyone else is doing. with time and practice, you'll feel more comfortable.

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10/13/13 3:31 P

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You can adapt Zumba to make it easier--either at home or in a class. You could also try Zumba Gold. I was doing that at nearly 300 pounds, but didn't stick with it for long because it was too easy for me, so I quickly switched to regular Zumba.

Nia sounds interesting, but it only seems to be offered in fairly large cities. It is a yoga and ballet influenced dance workout. I'm not sure if there are videos.

There is a ballet-influenced workout called Xtend Barre. Again, I don't know about videos.

I wonder if there are belly dance or Ballywood dance programs out there.

You could also take an authentic dance class--those tend to be slower and have less impact. If you like Latin dance, take a standard salsa class, Cuban (casino) salsa or a merengue course.

Dances: salsa (standard/LA), casino, rueda de casino, cumbia Colombiana, bachata, mambo, cha-cha-chá, merengue, reggaetón.

Currently learning: Mexican cumbia, danzón, Cuban rumba

Dances to Learn in the future: flamenco, tango Argentino, samba, belly dancing, bhangra, ballroom rumba

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10/13/13 12:27 P

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I really like a video called Prevention fitness dance it off. It has 4 different dance moves it has ballet, latin, hip hop and jazz. I found it a fun way to get into shape.

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10/12/13 10:18 P

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Just wondering if anybody has any suggestions on dance workout videos? I have tried Zumba before and I like the idea of dancing for a workout. Is there anything else similar to Zumba? I am a little on the heavy side so I would like to start off with something a little easier, if possible. Thank you for all answers!

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