SparkPeople Spice Up Your Body With Zumba Team Messageboard Zumba uses Latin inspired music & dance steps for a great workout! Ditch the workout, Join the Party! Zumba Instructors, students, and any "body" who wants to have FUN while getting FIT is welcome. SparkPeople Spice Up Your Body With Zumba Team Messageboard Can doing Zumba barefoot harm your feet Have always done Zumba with my bare feet but have read that it is not good for you in the long run, can it cause injuries in the long run please Mon, 5 Feb 2018 12:35:19 EST barefoot for Zumba class? Having done my Zumba classes for just over a month now, is going barefoot best or is footwear of some sort a better idea. I do have light trainers which should be fine for Zumba but the sports venue I go to does not allow footwear that has been worn outside before entering the sports venue. The first two weeks I had my trainers on already as I work at another gym, but on arrival was told I had to take them off and change into clean footwear. I explained I work at a gym nearby and had walked o... Sun, 21 Jan 2018 10:53:57 EST Message board posts New to the Zumba site, but when I log in and click message board it is posts from 8 years ago to around 4 years ago, therefore cannot see anything I have posted. <BR> Also is there an easier way to find your own posts. I cannot find the latest posts on the message boards, so hoping someone can help. <BR> Thanks Sun, 21 Jan 2018 10:08:36 EST New to the team. Hello all! I absolutely LOVE to Zumba! I used to attend classes at my local YMCA - But, the classes were becoming too expensive for me. So, I had to quit them. So, I've instead I've been trying to find good videos on Youtube that I can zumba at home to. I find I work out best to the modern music - Like the Pitbulls, Beyonce's, the Rhianna's etc. Does anyone have links to youtube videos with this type of music on them that are 30 minutes or more? Your help is greatly appreciated! Thank... Mon, 4 May 2015 13:59:43 EST Help to identify song Hey guys! I really love zumba and there are 4 songs that im unsure of and it could be great if you all could help! They go something like this: <BR> <BR> 1. Centaur comigo dance like i'm drunk, bala comiga la zumbada la zumbada <BR> <BR> 2. Do it Do it Ddddo it <BR> <BR> 3. Seige siege oh (then the chorus starts) <BR> <BR> 4. Quora something milao, milao milao milao <BR> <BR> Thank you! <BR> Tue, 9 Dec 2014 01:07:19 EST Favourite zumba dvd lost 5kg doing zumba classes earlier in the year and 4kg of it has come back on :( so now I'm going to do it properly plus diet and actually shift the weight that's remained from my last pregnancy. <BR> <BR> Can anyone recommend a zumba dvd they really like? I go to classes 1-2 times a week and am now trying to do it at home again to youtube videos. My classes will end in a week for the summer holiday and I want to keep it going while they're not on and I'm away. <BR> <BR> So which ones ha... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 04:58:38 EST struggles Due to 1 reason or another this past near year,I've had to slack off on my exercise-when the <BR> exercise goes-the diet goes...I had lost 37 lbs,but I've gained back 25...zumba is what got me <BR> started losing the first time and I'm getting back on track with that but needing some diet mojo. <BR> Anyone got some motivation that worked to share? Mon, 30 Jun 2014 06:29:39 EST ZUMBA INCREDIBLE RESULTS SYSTEM Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> does anyone have the Zumba Incredible results system? Is it any good? Mon, 31 Mar 2014 14:47:02 EST SCULPT AND TONE HELLO WONDERFUL ZUMBA COMMUNITY <BR> <BR> I HAVE JUST TRIED SCULPT AND TONE AND ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT, DO ANYONE KNOW IF THERE ARE OTHER SIMILAR DVD'S? ALSO AS YOU IMPROVE CAN YOU USE HAND WEIGHTS INSTEAD <BR> <BR> HAVE AN AWESOME DAY Tue, 11 Mar 2014 06:17:02 EST New about to buy Hey guys I am new to Zumba and am purchasing this tomorrow. How hard is it to get in to? I am looking for something I can do at home as I dislike going to the gym (personal reasons) and I am determined plus I have heard so many good things about Zumba. Any advice suggestions? Wed, 5 Feb 2014 15:36:24 EST Getting back I had missed my Zumba classes due to various reasons...went back on Sunday & spent all <BR> yesterday sore! Amazing how different the classes are...for newbies-that is important! Just <BR> because 1 instructor wipes you out-doesn't mean all zumba classes will do that! Tue, 14 Jan 2014 06:55:55 EST Excited I'm excited! Understand my local gym is getting a new instructor 1 evening a week & I hear <BR> she is a lot like my favorite instructor in another city! Sun, 29 Dec 2013 06:41:46 EST clothing Anyone know where you can find good sports bras for women who are larger on top that don't <BR> cost a fortune? Wed, 21 Aug 2013 17:28:56 EST zumba links Most of you probably already know this but you can find free zumba classes through Pinterest <BR> and Youtube! Sun, 21 Jul 2013 06:57:41 EST Help....Which set??? Can anyone give me advice? I really like my Zumba Wii game and want to get a DVD set but I see two out there, one is Exhilerate (both a small set and the regular) and a Todal Body Transformation Set. I have read the reviews for both but I'm not sure which one to get. Anyone have any suggestions? Tue, 4 Jun 2013 15:16:09 EST Gained Weight With Zumba Hi everyone, <BR> I started doing Zumba 3x a week in the beginning of May. I've always counted my calories (Prior to joining SparkPeople yesterday, on MyFitnessPal). <BR> <BR> My issue is that I've gained 8 pounds in the last 2 months and its driving me nuts. <BR> <BR> I wear a heart rate monitor in class and typically burn between 300-400 calories depending on the day. <BR> <BR> Is it possible to gain muscle so quickly? <BR> <BR> I've also heard that you have to eat enough calories or... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 10:14:34 EST Instructors... Do you prefer to use ZIN choreography or create your own? <BR> <BR> For me, I LOVE to make up my own, but often due to time restraints I am forced to use ZIN DVD stuff (which is always AWESOME!) and I also really enjoy attending local JAM sessions, where we learn 4-5 new choreos in 3 hours! <BR> <BR> Hope you are all having fun and inspiring others to move more!!! <BR> ... Join the Party! <em>218</em> Tue, 28 May 2013 11:04:35 EST exhilerate Hi all! I just bought the zumba exhilerate kit! I've been taking different zumba classes for <BR> about a yr (& plan to continue-wanted something for home).So far I've only done the beginners <BR> step by step dvd-& I was fine until they went fast...! I'm OK in the classes-hoping these dvds <BR> will work for me! Anyway,sure gonna try! Tue, 2 Apr 2013 06:29:35 EST new to zumba - can i lose 10 pounds in 1 month? hi i just started using the zumba dvds. i have done them for 4 days now. i am not really good at dancing or following the steps but i definitely see an improvement and am enjoying it. eventually i want to lose 20pounds but for now I am aiming for 10pounds in 1 month. is that a reasonable goal? I plan to do zumba 7 days a week - 60min a day. Should i add running 2 miles every alternate day as well? i am eating healthy and am a vegetarian. <BR> <BR> heres what i have been doing -- the zumba ... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 19:56:39 EST Question for other Zumba Instructors I have been made aware that one of my friends (and fellow Zumba Instructors) has been teaching her Zumba classes (...many classes each week) using the same playlist for OVER 4 YEARS! <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> When I was a new Zumba instructor, I would take her class for practice. I went to 3 classes, months apart, and her music/ choreo never changed! I was so annoyed, I never went back! I'm positive that I'm not the only one who avoids her classes because of it! <BR> <BR> Would you a... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 23:27:46 EST new to zumba Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I have been doing zumba for about a week now and i love it!!! I rang in 2013 by doing 1hr 6 mins of Zumba 2 and then this morning i did 50 mins. I feel great! <BR> <BR> Alittle about me: I am 31, mom of 4, 2x cancer survivor, tattoo & piercing lover ( i have plenty of both :), I would love to find a great support system that i can work through my weightloss with. I am always here to give my support. ZUMBA ON!!! <em>381</em> Tue, 1 Jan 2013 12:50:10 EST Need some honesty about ZUMBA I am wanting to lose 50 pounds and I want to do it quickly. Will Zumba help me lose the weight and tone up quik... If I can lose my love handles quick Ill be ok with losing the rest at a slower rate.. I am wanting to start this today!! Tue, 6 Nov 2012 09:36:29 EST New to this Stuff ... I'm a mother of 3 boys, married, working part-time, volunteer and generally run a crazy life like every other woman out there. So, I'm really hoping I can get this "fitness" idea to work into my schedule. <BR> <BR> I've found Zumba fascinating for a while; did it a few times from YouTube and love it; can't do a local class because of scheduling problems, so this brings me to ... <BR> <BR> Any good recommendations for Zumba DVD's?? - I don't wanna buy some and then hate them. I'd really like... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 01:49:48 EST Hola!!! Hi!! My name is Lynn, and I am addicted to Zumba!!! My weight problems are from my eating habits, but I strive everyday to do well. I Zumba 5 days a week, and my goal is to be an Instructor!! <em>334</em> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 12:24:17 EST Zumba Gold Live it Up I saw this on collage video today and preordered it. I go to Zumba Gold classes twice a week, so I thought this would be a nice supplement to my classes. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>umba-goldand174;-live-it-upand0153;-wi<BR>th-zumbaand174;toning-sticks-9184 </link> Fri, 26 Oct 2012 22:20:57 EST Emoticon for how you're doing today <em>30</em> <em>381</em> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 14:12:26 EST Hello! Hi everyone! My name is Megan. I am 25 years old, and am trying (again) to get healthy and lose weight. I have tried several times before, and have had some success, and then get busy and give up. But I am going to make my health more of a priority, and I hope SparkPeople can help me do that! Mon, 8 Oct 2012 06:45:23 EST ZUMBA Coffee Cafe! ~ How was your day today? Hi there, Team!! <BR> <BR> I wanted to start a thread that we could all relate to on a daily basis so we could hang out a little! Pull up a chair, grab your favorite coffee/tea/cider/cocoa/whatever! this lovely Fall season, and chat for a minute or two. How has Zumba brightened your life? Ups and downs? What makes you smile? Need some encouraging words? Tell us! Have some encouraging words to share? Share them!! <BR> <em>465</em> <em>271</em> <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> When the sun... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 16:27:46 EST Zumba Results! Who has had good results? Hi, everyone! So, I've been SUPER interested in getting into zumba. I would love to know everyone's experience with Zumba. Their results, how long it took, how they felt while doing it, etc. <BR> <BR> <BR> Please get back to me! Thank you so much and have a good day everybody! Wed, 19 Sep 2012 22:43:02 EST Hi Team! Hi everyone! I'm new today ~ and sooo excited to be on a Zumba team. I've never done Zumba, but I LOVE to dance, and have a background in ballroom dance, so I know I will love this. I ordered a Zumba DVD set today [a stretch on my tight budget] ~ but I know it will be worth every penny. <BR> <BR> This will help me get the basics down and then on to the more advanced. I would love to join a live Zumba class, but I think I'll practice a bit at home and get the hang of it ~~ and THEN - look out... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 22:31:05 EST New instructor HEY ALL!!! <BR> So Excited to have completed my B1 and ZA this weekend! <BR> Quick question, I have the understanding that we don't have access to old ZIN dvd's, and therefore are not licensed to use older songs.... but there are some older releases we are allowed to use? <BR> <BR> I am pretty confused because I am not sure which old licensed songs we are allowed to use and which ones we aren't? <BR> <BR> I believe my ZES said that there were cd's that we can purchase off itunes, that are... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 21:32:38 EST Hello everyone Pretty much read my spark page and you will see who I am and if you are in Joplin it would be nice to have a close spark buddie, but I need help no matter what. Thu, 26 Jul 2012 21:02:36 EST New to Spark-N-Zumba Wow, here I am! I figured if I am going to change anything, I should try new things. So Im getting my feet wet with two great programs I've heard great thing about. I am so excited!! Tue, 10 Jul 2012 15:28:01 EST Obtaining Music Licenses Question How does an individual go about obtaining the Public Performance Composition Licenses for ASCAP, BMI and SESAC if the facility where I'll be teaching doesn't have them? Can I get them as an individual? Or am I stuck to just playing original Zumba music? Mon, 9 Jul 2012 12:19:39 EST Is Zumba enough? I am currently 205, after having 3 babies in the span of 4 years. They are currently 5, 3, and 2. <BR> <BR> I have been doing Zumba at my local YMCA faithfully three times per week since Easter. My clothes seem to fit better, and I definitely feel more fit and have more muscle tone. I was between a 16W and an 18W, and now I am a solid 16W. I love Zumba and I love the instructors. Each instructor uses a different set of songs and routines, so I feel like I am working different muscle gr... Wed, 4 Jul 2012 12:44:28 EST Hello, I love Latin music and dance By chance, I started taking Salsa lessons when I was 48. I'm not the best dancer, but fell in love with dancing, all types of Latin music, and percussion, that's why I enjoy Zumba. My Zumba instructor is also consumed with Salsa, Bachata and Samba and is knowledgeable about other styles of Latin music so she plays lots of good music and has lots of great choreography. I also do African dance and drumming because African culture was so influential on Latin music. Wed, 20 Jun 2012 10:52:29 EST Getting really anxious! I have been practicing with instructors at my gym to learn some basic things and waiting for a training in my state but right now there is nothing:( I hope it doesn't take to long. I am working with a friend so we can also get our group fitness instructor certification so maybe do that for now while i wait. Got a job at my local ymca so getting pretty excited for what the future holds. Sun, 17 Jun 2012 14:58:46 EST Newbie Weight Gain? Hello team! I just started Zumba (DVD) this past week. I'm getting myself acquainted by doing the 20 minute express every other day and 10 minutes of random exercise/activity on the "off" days; I plan to do this for the next few weeks to form some kind of habit. So I started on Wednesday and have realized that I've been strangely gaining weight since then. I average between 213-215 depending on the day so that was no big deal, but as of this morning I was 217 & just now 218! I know it must be... Mon, 11 Jun 2012 20:17:01 EST Questions About Zumba (Beginner) Hi there, <BR> <BR> I haven't tried Zumba yet, but I'm planning on getting the DVDs. I'm most interested in the Bollywood style dances but don't know if any of the dances in Exhilarate are Bollywood or Bollywood inspired. The dances look very funny and hopefully I'll lose a little weight doing them. <BR> <BR> Also, my activity level isn't that high. I ride a bike for about 40 minutes a day and do an ab roller each morning for 3-5 minutes. Will I be able to keep up with the videos? <BR> <B... Mon, 21 May 2012 18:16:33 EST zumba instructor question Hey ladies I have decided to take the steps to get licensed to teach zumba. I know there are a couple of threads in here with questions without I have some different ons:) First, once you become an instructor how do you find work? Do you just go to guns and send a resume? Also if you did not complete certification for national group fitness thing sorry forgot what is was called. Have you had trouble getting into gyms. What are other options for using your license. Just want to be prepared. On... Sun, 20 May 2012 17:04:25 EST New to the Sparkpeople boards Hello everyone! I'm tburbey (bet you figured that one out <em>20</em> ). I'm new to the Sparkpeople boards. Been a member for 2 years now I think - but as I don't use the nutrition or fitness trackers (I cruise through here for articles), I haven't been that "active" here. <BR> <BR> I am active with an online Bible study program that focuses on healthier living and balancing our lives (First Place 4 Health). That takes up most of my time. But I am currently beginning my journey at be... Fri, 4 May 2012 15:05:50 EST Basketball shoes for Zumba? I've been doing Zumba for a while now, almost a year and I've gone through quite a couple of shoes already, two of which I stopped using prematurely because I would get foot cramps or blisters in them while doing Zumba. <BR> <BR> My latest pair of Reebok Zigtech's are about to wear out from zumba/excessive running. I'm looking to pick up basketball again soon and I would love to just buy one pair of shoes if I have to, though I do understand that proper shoes for certain sports/activities a... Sun, 29 Apr 2012 21:37:43 EST Hello there! Hello! <BR> I was looking for belly dance classes in my area for my 18yr old daughter and I (after moving) and found a Zumba studio very closeby that had a BD class- I was excited (having taken classes off and on for 3 yrs) and when I got there it was this crazy cardio class using BD moves-that I was not expecting! It was fun though but sadly, after 2 classes (they were only on Tuesday night) they announced it would be replaced with a Zumba toning class. I was seriously bummed. I had wond... Fri, 27 Apr 2012 17:39:31 EST New to Zumba!!! I am not new to Spark People. I have been a member since January 2011. I lost 40 lbs last year and then tragically stalled. I was in need of more work out options since I changed jobs and schedules. I was fortunate to find a Zumba class in town a week ago. Tomorrow I will start my second week of attending classes. It has been fun and has opened my eyes to a whole new area of exercise. <BR> <BR> I look forward to getting to know even more about this new to me exercise!! <em>104</em> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 00:37:57 EST any advice for newly certified instructor?! I became certified a little over a month ago and haven't really had the time to watch my choreography DVDs. it's frustrating, but I don't live alone and don't always have access to the TV/DVD player. I'm also working 12 hours a day. <BR> any advice/ideas on how to learn the dances?? I would really like to start teaching within the next month or so. Wed, 11 Apr 2012 01:14:37 EST Hello Zumba Buddies! My name is Shanae. I am 25 and the single mother of two little boys, Austin 5 and Dylan 4. I am aiming to lose a little more than 70 pounds to reach a goal of 130 at 5 ft 4 in tall. I have Zumba on the Wii which I play occasionally, but tomorrow will be my first in person class. I am so excited. I will be doing Zumba 3 times a week for the 12 week program...for free! I also plan to calorie count along with the Zumba. Looking forward to sharing my experiences with you and watching my body chan... Mon, 9 Apr 2012 02:55:36 EST Zumba Certific tion???? (Please Help) I'm trying to decide if I should get my Zumba Certification. I've been going to the classes and absolutely love Zumba. There is a Certs class in June around my area (Philly). The issue I'm having is that there are plenty of great Zumba Instructors/Classes in my area. I don't know if its worth getting the certification if I'm really not going to be able to do anything with it. <BR> <BR> I also want to go to the Zumba Convention in Orlando (august) but you have to be an Certified. Please help... Wed, 4 Apr 2012 21:15:16 EST preparing for my first zumba class Hi, everyone! I'm Lana from WV. <BR> <BR> So I've always been one of those people who love to dance behind closed doors with the blinds shut. Actually, I have absolutely no coordination so it's more like flailing myself around, lol. My aunt once said that saying I have two left feet would be a compliment. But I've always loved it, so when I learned about zumba last year I really wanted to try it, but was too afraid of humiliating myself in public. <BR> <BR> A few days ago I was chatting wit... Sun, 25 Mar 2012 14:33:30 EST Zumba Instructor Training Question? I'm going to the B1 training in Vernon, NJ in May 2012 and bringing two girlfriends with me to join me at the Insanity Master Class with Shaun T after the Zumba training. Lucky me both events were taking place at the Minerals Resort and Spa on the same day with a full hour to spare between. We booked a room at the resort and are so excited. Here's my question: <BR> <BR> Do you think my two lady friends will be allowed to join me (even if they charge a Master Class fee, like $20) at the Zu... Tue, 20 Mar 2012 00:57:16 EST BodyMedia FiT GROUPON OFFER$95 includes shipping! BodyMedia FIT Advantage OFFER today on GROUPON! <BR> Excellent price! <BR> <BR><BR>-advantage-armband?c=all?p=3 <BR> <BR> For $95, you get a BodyMedia Fit on-body wellness-monitoring system (a $199.95 value). <BR> In the box: <BR> BodyMedia Fit Armband Advantage <BR> Medium-sized chrome armband strap <BR> USB cable <BR> Manual and quick start <BR> 3-month subscription to online activity tracker <BR> Shipping is included. <BR> <BR> If you aren't al... Thu, 8 Mar 2012 16:07:08 EST Aloha Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I've been attending Zumba classes for the last 12 months. I stopped for three months due to a nasty accident but I've been back for three months. I've had two knee surgeries and rotator cuff injury. I may not be the most coordinated student but I really enjoy it. We do one day of toning which I've come to love! <BR> <BR> BTW, it's storming here. Bad lightening & thunder. Flash flood warning over the state. Other than that life is good in Hawaii. <BR> <BR> Al... Tue, 6 Mar 2012 19:05:18 EST Instructor training video for instr. wanna b's I am interested in becoming a Zumba trainer. Any one have any good trainer videos to recommend. I thought this would be better than just trying to learn by the Zumba exercise videos. Sat, 3 Mar 2012 20:17:06 EST New to group and slightly OVERenth usiastic Hello all, <BR> I got the Total Body Transformation Set for Christmas and have been using it twice a week. I've been incorporating Zumba in with Leslie Sansone DVDs and walking outside (I'm in training to walk a half marathon). However, I have managed to give myself a doozy of an overuse injury to my chest/shoulder muscles, along with a pinched nerve in my neck. I think I ramped up too quickly--Zumba is deceptive! :) I'm not complaining, except to say I can't do Zumba right now and it's beyon... Sat, 25 Feb 2012 12:51:46 EST My growing LOVE for Zumba TONING! I have been teaching Zumba since June 2010, and only started teaching Zumba Toning in the summer of 2011... but MAN-OH-MAN am I falling in LOVE with it! <BR> <BR> Ladies, it does take a bit of getting used to, to perfect the moves and feel coordinated enough to incorporate the weighted sticks into the routine... but once you've got it, WOW, is it ever effective! I have never gotten this many compliments about my arms and overall shape even when I was lifting as a Body Builder!!! <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 24 Feb 2012 11:36:22 EST B1 with BETO! Team, get this: <BR> I will be going to Los Angeles in march to renew my B1 training with none other then BETO himself!!!! <BR> <BR> WOOOOOOT! I'm very excited about this trip!!! Fri, 24 Feb 2012 11:31:50 EST hi, is this the end to a workout search? Hi, <BR> I hate exercise! That being said....just like I am NOT on a is a lifestyle I need to find movement more than parking farther and taking the stairs...could zumba be it? It looks like fun! <BR> <em>344</em> <BR> oops while fringe to add the emoticon the message entered twice! Guess there is no delete! Sat, 18 Feb 2012 15:02:41 EST hi, is this the end to a workout search? Hi, <BR> I hate exercise! That being said....just like I am NOT on a is a lifestyle I need to find movement more than parking farther and taking the stairs...could zumba be it? It looks like fun! Sat, 18 Feb 2012 15:01:07 EST New to the group!! Hey everyone!! <BR> <BR> Well I'm back her on sparkpeople to help me lose the 15 pounds I have on this 40 year old body. I'm 5'2" and today I weighed in at 136.5 and my goal is 125. I have been doing Zumba 4 days a week. I started going before the holidays and it was sporadic, but on January 1st I've been going Monday - Thursday and only twice have I gone to only 3 classes a week. I'm starting to see some change. My intimates are fitting better! =) So at least I know I'm headed in t... Mon, 13 Feb 2012 17:31:09 EST Just started with Zumba and I'm loving it!!! I ordered the zumba fitness workout cd's and just did 55 minutes on the Zumba basics. I really enjoyed myself although i was exhausted by the end. Hopefully the more I work out the more stamina I'll gain. Fri, 3 Feb 2012 18:58:00 EST Zumba Yesterday Yesterday was my first Zumba class and I had fun. I got mixed up on the moves a bit. what shocked me was that everyone says they sweat so much and I didn't sweat at all. Maybe I just wasn't working hard enough. The fast paced was fun but they didn't really break down the moves so i was relying on the people around me. I definitely think they could have broken them down a bit more, I'm going to try again probably with a different instructor (one works MWF the other TTh and i'm more likely to g... Tue, 24 Jan 2012 17:34:36 EST Hi Zumba team! Hi my name is Sonia I am 40 yrs old w/3 children and I have been doing Zumba for almost 2 yrs. I have not been doing it consistently but off/on when I find a class nearby with awesome instructors-- I stick w/it. I know taking Zumba classes leaves me good results because in the past I have been able to shed some inches off my waist and hips which I enjoyed. Therefore, since the beginning of this year I have once again joined this wonderful fitness of Zumba and am currently taking a Zumba cla... Sun, 22 Jan 2012 12:26:11 EST new to group and zumba HI. I started taking zumba in december when my rec center offered a discount through the month of December and I loved it. It is so fun and energic. So I signed up in January paying full price! I take it Tues and thurs for an hour. Last night I finally felt like I was catching on- lol but still alittle off. but I saw a few others get lost and laugh so thats what I started doing. The lady who watches Lydia there told me to wear her calorie watch and it said I burned like 764 calories in an hou... Fri, 13 Jan 2012 10:11:49 EST Zumba Toning on Fitness Tracker Those of you who do zumba toning how do you track your fitness minutes on the fitness tracker do you use "Cardio Dancing (including aerobic dance, Zumba, Hip Hop HUSTLE)" option of something other? <BR> <BR> I've just attend my 2nd zumba toning class and really like the idea of using light weights in my workouts. <BR> <BR> Wed, 4 Jan 2012 14:09:55 EST Hello Hi, I just took a Zumba class and loved it. Do I need to buy the DVD to learn the steps? <BR> <BR> Mon, 2 Jan 2012 19:34:53 EST Zumba junkie So, after doing my third zumba workout ever, while dripping in sweat, I decided to introduce myself. my name is lexxy, im 20, living with my fiance, and I have a 4 month old daughter. Im in school to be a vet tech, and have always struggled with body image. Ive tried hundreds of workouts, but quit, because I didnt like them enough to stick with them when they didnt produce instant results. A few days ago, I picked up zumba fitness for the wii, on a whim, somehow knowing that I would love this... Wed, 28 Dec 2011 07:53:29 EST Hello Well, I've been a SparkPeople member for almost two years, and this is my first-ever post. I lost 20 pounds thanks to SP in the spring of 2010, then sort of let things lapse a bit. Haven't gained any back, but would still like to lose another 15-20. I started exercising regularly a little over a year ago, and I love Zumba! I try to attend class three times a week at the Y. My 40th birthday is in eight weeks - yikes! I'm putting a lot of pressure on myself to get in shape for this milesto... Sat, 3 Dec 2011 21:49:47 EST Any Zumba Atomic instructors? Has anyone become Zumba Atomic licensed? What was the training like? Have you used it? <BR> <BR> I'm Zumba Basic certified, but have been so busy with work and life that haven't really pursued teaching yet..probably will change soon! I work in a school, so Zumba Atomic seems like it might be a bit more relevant for me :) Wed, 30 Nov 2011 21:21:57 EST New to Zumba Hi I'm Deb :) just started taking Zumba classes tonight and I loved it !! <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Mon, 28 Nov 2011 22:21:30 EST Love that zumba Hi everyone. <BR> I am addicted to zumba, I take a class and have DVD and the wii. i do them all. I might not do all the moves right but . I sure have a good time doing it. And lots of laughts with friends. Work up a good sweat and feel great. this has been a great workout for me. Hope to hear what other people think of zumba. Fri, 25 Nov 2011 10:14:11 EST hey zumba freaks!!!!!!! :) I'm new to.sparkpeople and love it so far. I've been doing zumba classes for the past couple of months and was hooked from day 1. I just got the zumba dvds that are sold on tv and will be starting it tonight!!!! <BR> <BR> Has anyone else used these dvds and have lost weight? Anyone have any advice cause i would love to hear any tips from other zumba lovers :) Sun, 13 Nov 2011 11:49:58 EST New Here Hey! I just wanted to take a minute to introduce myself. I have been doing Zumba 3 days a week for 3 months now and I love it! Mon, 7 Nov 2011 11:15:56 EST hi <BR> <BR> Hi <BR> I am new to this team and very new to zumba, i only started zumba yesteday. Sun, 6 Nov 2011 13:20:12 EST Hi from PA Guess it is time to introduce myself. My name is Val, I started my weight loss journey In April 2011. So far I have lost 30lbs Which feels wonderful! But I found myself loosing motivation. So I decided Its time to get involved in the spark community.I hope I can make some friends and we can help to motivate each other. For exercise I enjoy bike riding, walking, zumba, and Wii fit. Sun, 30 Oct 2011 19:55:25 EST Adding Zumba on fitness How do you add the Zumba dances to the fitness tracker on here? It doesn't look like it has the options. Wed, 26 Oct 2011 03:38:30 EST Hello Hello, I'm new to Zumba (which I really like) but not new to SparkPeople. I lost over 100 pounds and have now pretty much gained all of it back. I started doing Zumba last Monday and I'm excited to see if it can help take the weight off that I gained back. I really excited to be here and would love encouragement. Thanks Tricia Mon, 24 Oct 2011 14:51:48 EST Helloo :) Well, this oughta be fun!--I've been dancing my entire life, though I definitely lost touch with it for a time but I recently reconnected with it in Zumba and I'm so happy, I could take this class 5 days a week or more, it's so awesome! Our class is just recently coming off a way too long break and it was a little rough in light of that but so glad to get back, major light in my life. I know I will follow this the rest of my life, it makes me that happy.--I"m thinking very seriously about g... Mon, 24 Oct 2011 04:23:29 EST Please tell me this gets easier did my first Zumba class last night. Boy, do I feel like the most uncoordinated person alive! I feel like Steve Martin did in The Jerk, just no rhythm! So, please tell me this gets easier <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> I know I don't have two left feet, I've danced with my husband plenty over the years. Please let me know if you had a hard time at the beginning and how long it took you to feel more comfortable and able to follow the instructor without staring at her feet. <BR> <BR> Kelly Wed, 19 Oct 2011 12:09:52 EST hello Hey group. Good morning Sun, 16 Oct 2011 03:30:17 EST Hi y'all Hello team. My name is Shannah. I am a 32 yo female in San Antonio, TX. I recently purchased Zumba for my Wii. We tried it this morning and wow what a work out. Sat, 15 Oct 2011 22:57:55 EST Need HELP finding a song? Post about it here! If you heard a song, but need to know the name of it, surely someone can help you find the artist and title! <BR> <BR> ZUMBA LOVE! <em>218</em> <em>26</em> Thu, 6 Oct 2011 10:50:55 EST Hey Hey, I am Twana. I first discovered Zumba at our local gym about 2 months ago. I feel in love with Zumba! I haven't done Zumba for about a month due to a sick child and being sick myself. I purchased the Zumba fitness collection and I just started doing it at home this morning. My goal is to do Zumba 4-6 x a week. I look forward to meeting you all! <BR> Tue, 4 Oct 2011 10:02:53 EST New to Sparkpeo le...and I am a Zumba Insructor Hi!! I am new to spark people...and I am wanting to lose 15 lbs. I am in very good shape, because I teach Zumba 4 times a week!! and I love it!! do I track how many calories I burn?? I do know I burn more than 500...and I was thinking it was like 1000...but I don't know who is right??! please! Sun, 2 Oct 2011 17:24:29 EST Hi, Being doing Zumba for a couple of weeks, and managed two 40mins sessions this week, starting to feel great! Thu, 29 Sep 2011 15:23:44 EST Hello! Hi everybody! <BR> <BR> I just joined this team, I'm new to Zumba and I just LOVE it! ^^ <BR> My name is Myriam, I'm from Quebec, so it might happen that I make mistakes when writing, as English is not my first language. <BR> Can't wait to share with you all! ^^ Wed, 21 Sep 2011 12:33:59 EST New to the team and to Zumba Hi, new to the team and just started my first zumba classes this week. A friend dragged me to the class and told me I would really like it. Like it? I LOVE it! For the first time in years I actually LOVE exercising. Hoping to drop this weight like crazy. I'm 50, from Central Georgia and I am guilty of not taking care of myself even though I pamper everyone else. Now it is time for ME! I want this weight GONE so I can move around without huffing and puffing. <BR> <BR> Looking forwar... Fri, 16 Sep 2011 06:26:15 EST First time ever doing Zumba... and ... I LOVED IT! So, I've been contemplating joining a Zumba class for several months... but never tried. Until Wednesday this week. I caved and went to my first ever Zumba class at our local YMCA. I never had so much fun in all my life! I am SEVERELY uncoordinated and was laughing at myself constantly ... everyone would go left... and I'd go right... right arm up... I'm still working my feet. But... I eventually caught onto certain steps. I THINK the Wednesday night class was for beginners... or slow l... Fri, 9 Sep 2011 20:57:38 EST Hi there My name is Kelly and I run a website devoted to zumba. I am searching for guest posters to tell me your story or how you feel about zumba. We always try to have our community involved with everything we do and hope to spread the hype of zumba across the world. If you are interested in doing this find me on facebook (Zumba Weight Loss) or email me sometime at <BR> <BR> Keep on dancing <BR> <BR> -Kelly Fri, 2 Sep 2011 22:26:48 EST New member of Zumba Kinect!! So I recently took a class and HATED it! The instructor was yelling at us to make "noises" like grunt that was embarassing...and it didnt seem like a true zumba class. So I have been really wanting to try the Zumba for Kinect and I just did a 20 min session and OMG I am drenched! I am a former dancer and loved my ballet and hip hop but since now that I am a wife and mom I dont really have time to take classes...I am also so excited how many calories you actually burn! Thats the best part! Hop... Fri, 2 Sep 2011 16:36:19 EST First Zumba lesson Done I just completed my first 40 mins of Zumba and was surprised that I would be able to go that long but I did....this is fun and I really like it...boy I should have tried the dvds a long time ago....I tried it for the kinect game but did not like it at was way to fast for me to learn the moves....but not with the dvds....I'm so proud of myself although I wasn't able to finish the whole dvd I'm still proud <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 29 Aug 2011 21:14:27 EST Heart Rate Monitor Suggestions I'm not sure if this is the right forum for this or not - but since I've started doing Zumba I really want to track more accurately the calories I burn. I'm looking for some suggestions on heart rate monitors. I want a good one that is easy to use, but one that is not very expensive. <BR> <BR> It took a bit of sweet talking to get my hubby to agree to the cost of the Zumba DVDs - especially since I've tried other things in the past and not stuck with it. At this point our finances can't... Fri, 26 Aug 2011 02:01:48 EST New to Zumba Hi everyone. My name is Angela and I am newer to this forum (have lurked for a little bit) and new to Zumba. I tried some videos online and really liked it. I finally broke down and ordered the Exhilerate DVDs and I am so glad I did. I hate to exercise but I love Zumba! So far this week alone I have put in 180 mins of Zumba. <BR> <BR> I am horribly uncoordinated and have trouble with some of the steps and trouble keeping up but I still love to do it. I just keep moving and shaking my h... Fri, 26 Aug 2011 01:45:32 EST Hi and new to zumba Hi, I'm Jasmine and I started doing zumba last week from looking up youtube videos. I'm not the dancing type but I want to learn how to so I'm looking up beginner zumba on youtube, If u guys have any zumba videos plz tell me. Wed, 24 Aug 2011 22:25:46 EST Zumba Toning I tried Zumba Toning yesterday with the toning sticks. It was interesting, but I didn't really feel the workout. Has anyone else tried it? If so, what are your thoughts? Tue, 2 Aug 2011 11:26:05 EST New to the team, but not to Zumba!! Hi everyone - I've been using SP off and on for about 5 years now, but I've recently got myself interested in Zumba!! <BR> <BR> I go to a local class once a week and have just purchased the Wii game, which is awesome and makes you sweat almost as much as the classes!! Mon, 1 Aug 2011 10:28:42 EST I miss doing Zumba when we don't have classes Our instructor wasn't available sat, so I haven't had a Zumba class in 3 days. We walked the past couple days, but just not the same. Will be glad when Tuesday gets here. Sun, 31 Jul 2011 22:44:07 EST Aqua Zumba - Give it a try, it's a different party If you haven't tried Aqua Zumba I highly recommend it. My health club just started an Aqua Zumba class last week. I tried it this morning and had a great time. The water provided a great resistance aspect to the workout. I've been stretching and massaging my arms throughout the day because they got a fabulous workout this morning. We had to laugh during class because when she told us to shake our booties most of us said we couldn't feel our booties shaking but we could feel a lot of other thi... Sun, 31 Jul 2011 00:27:40 EST Loving it! I started regularly going to the zumba classes at my gym a couple weeks ago, and I love it! I am defiantly seeing some improvements. Today we did a song with a lot of jumping and I didn't feel out of breath like I had before! Fri, 29 Jul 2011 17:16:45 EST Routines How are you guys doing on getting the Routines down? After 6 weeks, I'm finally doing pretty good. They throw in a new one here and there, but for me it depends on the music how fast I catch on. 27 lbs down and loving Zumba. Can't believe I'm 3 lbs away from 30 lbs lost. Getting closer to my goal. Thu, 28 Jul 2011 13:33:48 EST jZumba Basic I Hi Zumba Lovers! <BR> <BR> I took the Zumba Basic I course in Parker, CO on Friday, July 22!!! It was 9 to 5 Zumba and it rocked!!! I am 69 years old and I basically had the time of my life!!! Now I have lots of Zumba tapes to practice with! Hope you guys are enjoying Zumba as much as I am. I thought at the beginning of the class...I should pace myself. but the music just pulled me out and I just went full out the whole day! <BR> <BR> I love Zumba!!! <BR> JOY Mon, 25 Jul 2011 09:38:28 EST Hello Zumba lovers! Just bought my Zumba for the Wii yesterday. I have done it twice already. I love it! Wanted to join the team. Mon, 11 Jul 2011 18:29:17 EST Hello fellow Zumba lovers! My name is Desirea and I started doing Zumba in April of this year and fell in love with it. Its not only a total body workout but is enjoyable. Well I just wanted to introduce myself and I hope everyone has a very successful weight loss journey! Thu, 7 Jul 2011 08:47:07 EST New to the Team Hi Everyone, I love Zumba! I've been doing it 3 times a week at home on the WII and with the dvds for the last five months. I'm looking to take a class in my area but in the mean time I'll keep working out at home because it is a great workout and I love it <em>30</em> Sun, 3 Jul 2011 17:28:49 EST Somewhat new to SP... Hello, my name is Jen. I'm 28 years old, I work full time as a CNA and also go to school full time for nursing. Between work, school, and other every day duties I do not have a lot of extra time for anything else. I have lost 5 pounds so far while I've been using SP but want to lose about 20 more. This is the most weight that I have lost without using diet pills. I think this time I've actually done it for myself and not anyone else. I am tired of not being happy with myself. I want to feel g... Sun, 3 Jul 2011 16:24:38 EST Hello from PNW I have always wanted to learn how to dance,... and right now I am a house wife trying to lose the baby weight, (7 weeks old today) So zumba seems like the most obvious solution for me <BR> <BR> I am looking for buddies. <BR> <BR> I have the zumab for wii, resistant bands, a fitness ball, and good ole running shoes. <BR> <BR> Wed, 29 Jun 2011 01:45:09 EST New to Zumba (kind of)!!!! Hi! I'm Daya, from Puerto Rico, 18 years old. I want to get a flat tummy (as I used to) but I get easily discouraged (lacking of motivation). But my sister-in-law is getting fit with zumba and she tells me is so fun and easy i should try it. So I want to listen to a second opinion (and third and fourth, i love friends) Tue, 28 Jun 2011 22:55:22 EST Zumba Love <3 -- Love music ideas :D Hi - back on the spark after a long break, but I love that there is such a great Zumba following!! I love zumba!! My gym is starting Zumba Tone now (perfect timing to save me the $150 from getting the new DVDs!) <BR> Anyone else love Zumba music and have any songs I should have on my ipod? Fri, 24 Jun 2011 10:20:15 EST Who is the oldest Zumba dancer? Youngest? I just turned 60 and am Zumbaing my A off literally. I love it cause it reminds me of my disco days when I went Latin dancing every weekend. Fri, 24 Jun 2011 02:47:05 EST Anyone knows a good inexpensive heart rate watch? Hello, I would like to manually enter the amount of calories i burn with zumba but i need to buy a good heart rate watch, any idea? hopefully under 50 dollars, thank you :) Fri, 24 Jun 2011 02:39:34 EST How can you determine calories burned doing Zumba? Hi. I'm new to this SP team and love, love, love Zumba. I like to know how one determines calories burned doing Zumba. I have a HRM and always get to my target zone, but I don't know what that means in calories burned. Can someone answer? Thx. <em>41</em> Sun, 19 Jun 2011 10:31:09 EST Aloha My name is Maya and I've just joined Sparkpeople to celebrate my losing 60 pounds in a year and my new memoir about how I healed from panic attacks and agoraphobia. Since agoraphobia is a fear of going out, naturally I use the DVD's of Zumba. I love it and I hope to go to one class as a goal. <BR> I love Zumba so much. I used to dance a long time ago and also I am Latina so it is perfect for me but I am glad all cultures can benefit from Zumba and I hope to lose my last ten pounds before I... Sat, 18 Jun 2011 01:13:28 EST WOW-ZA .....ZUMBA!!!! Yester I did 30 minutes of jump rope and then did an hour of zumba at the local Y and man are my calves burning today! I love zumba! I just signed up for the zumba instructor class so gotta get my buttt in shape before then... <em>48</em> Thu, 16 Jun 2011 08:50:02 EST New to The Zumba Forum Hi my name is Alicia, and I have been doing Zumba for almost a month now. My goal with Zumba is to lose 73 pounds and to enjoy working out for every minute of it (and to get in touch with my Spanish roots, lol) While I like it, I still am new to it. I haven't really gotten to the point where I'm addicted to it but I'm sure at some point I'll get it. Anyways, I found this Zumba forum and thought I would say hi and just introduce myself! Wed, 15 Jun 2011 14:22:11 EST New Zumba Instructor Hi! This is my first forum post. I have been doing Zumba for about two months and love it, decided that I am going to take an instructor course. It's next week!! Ahh! I wanted some input on what to expect... I am scared that I am going to be the least experienced person there. Also, I will be teaching Zumba where I work and wanted some advise on what I should be asking for as far as compensation goes. Any input helps! Tue, 14 Jun 2011 12:16:44 EST New to team have been zumba -ing for a few months Hi I'm new to this team I started going ot zumba back in late March and fell in love with it I needed ot shake this up a bit and zumba was it for me I just recently got Exhilarate set Looking forward to meeting you all Tue, 14 Jun 2011 06:35:18 EST Tips for a beginner This is day 4 of doing the Exhilarate dvd's and I'm very discouraged. I did the instructional dvd 3 times and today was the first time doing Activate. I did have the learn it feature on but my body doesn't even remotely come close to what they do on the dvd. My feet, legs, hips do not move at all like the girls on the dvd. I'm not loving this yet and I would really like to get to where I do enjoy it. Any tips for beginners? I feel ridiculous trying to move my hips like that at my weight... Mon, 6 Jun 2011 17:00:12 EST Hi Zumba Family My name is Lisa, and I'm excited to join this forum. I'm in desperate need of some excitement in my workouts. I'm just not motivated anymore. So, I ordered the Zumba Fitness package on Thursday of last week. Being from Miami, I so love the latin/caribbean style music and dance. My package hasn't come yet, but I'm so excited about starting it and seeing some results. I'm actually going to began on the 8th of June and start their 10-day challenge. I want to see if I can drop a dress siz... Mon, 6 Jun 2011 12:05:09 EST HEY! Hey all! I've only been doing Zumba for about one month and I love it! I have the dvd's and try to do at least 60 minutes three times a week. I also do other workouts but Zumba is definitely the one I look forward to the most. Eventually I would like to try a class but until Im a pro I think I will wait! Fri, 3 Jun 2011 19:53:20 EST I L-O-V-E Zumba I just finished my very 1st Zumba class. It was AWESOME! I just loved it!!! I kind of felt like a fish out of water but it didn't take too long to catch on to some of the steps. I think if I hang in there I'll catch on. Back in the 70's I took a Jazzercise class and never went back. It went too fast and the class was light years ahead. But Zumba, even though I was new, I didn't feel like that. I fumbled around sure. But I was enjoying the music and dancing so much that I didn't care what I ... Tue, 31 May 2011 21:31:57 EST debating I have not bought the dvd's yet but am really considering the new dvd set. I need to lose about 50 pounds and really hate excercise. I know I need to do it to lose the weight and to be healthy. I am a little worried that I'll buy it and not do it like my many collections of Firm dvd's. I did see results when I did do the Firm but hated the idea of feeling like excercise. Has anyone done the new dvd's? If so please give me your opinion on them. I have watched the youtube videos and zumb... Sat, 28 May 2011 23:45:23 EST Zumba Exhilarate on QVC Just thought I let everyone know. I was flippin thru the channels and Zumba is on QVC. It is the Exhilarate set+ the Exhilerate CD set, 1 year sub to Zlife, and 3 Zumba bracelets. <BR> Sounds like a great deal to me! <BR> <BR> $99.72 Free Shipping with tax comes to $106.70. On sale for 2 1/2 more hours. <BR> Thu, 26 May 2011 21:22:04 EST 2nd Class last night... I ordered DVD's this morning. Going to my 3rd class this evening. Thu, 26 May 2011 17:42:10 EST Live, Love, Zumba! Hello! My name is Crystal. I have been struggling with my weight for a while now. I have tried at home DVD's but just get bored and stop. I am sick and tired of being unhappy with myself. I have found Zumba. I do Zumba several times a week and I am starting to see changes. Have you tried Zumba? It is soooooo much fun. It is nothing like working out, you have so much fun, you don't even know you are working out and you are working everything. Ditch the workout, and join the party, ZUMBA! Tue, 24 May 2011 21:19:00 EST Relay for Life Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm participating in the Anchorage Relay for Life June 3-4. My goal is to raise $300 and I would appreciate any donations you are willing to help. I am a PartyLite consultant, and I will be walking with a group of other PartyLite Ladies. PartyLite is a huge supporter of The American Cancer society. <BR> <BR> Last October I lost my Grandpa Bob to cancer, and I want to do my part to help someone else's loved one win their battle. <BR> <BR> If you would like to help ... Tue, 24 May 2011 00:56:11 EST Zumba Class I joined a Zumba class last night for the very 1st time. I absolutely loved it. Hi!...My name is Roxanne in Pilot Point, TX. I need to learn a lot of the steps. I realized that I have 2 left feet. I've been wanting to order the DVD's for quit some time now, which now I will. I've been reading up on this team. I don't know if any of you knew that you can do the 3 easy payments when ordering the DVD's by credit card. <BR> <BR> Struggling to loss these last 12lbs. Fri, 20 May 2011 12:03:52 EST Hello, wanted to introduce myself Hi, I just wanted to introduce myself as I have just started doing Zumba, I also wanted to be accountable and to share my success with someone(s). Currently my weight is 253 pounds so Zumba is a little sketchy on the knees but I am trying to be very careful. I have just started, have only done it a few times but since joining this forum I will be doing it more often. I look forward to share my successes with you all! Thu, 12 May 2011 21:29:16 EST Body shape changing with Zumba I really need to post some pics. I never thought that doing ZUMBA could change the shape of my body (because I was already fit before I began it) but, to my surprise... my waist has been whittled and my tummy has become so tight and toned!!! <BR> <BR> Has anyone else noticed their body shape changing from all the Zumba Fitness they do? Wed, 11 May 2011 11:50:15 EST Zumba has changed my life! I have diabetes and high blood pressure and I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. My diabetes was totally out of control, my pressure was way too high. My doctor was disappointed in me. I had no energy, slept all the time, house a mess because I did not have the energy to clean. My loving family is so patient with me. I thank God for that. I started Zumba 3 months ago and was hooked after the first class. Had such a good time. Who knew exercise could be so much fun. Now just ... Wed, 11 May 2011 11:29:05 EST Addicted to Zumba, and over 100 pounds to lose I have been on SP before, but joined again. I am 41, married, have 5 kids, and 7 grandkids. I LOVE ZUMBA!! Never have I had an exercise that I can't wait to do!!! <BR> Mon, 9 May 2011 13:09:24 EST 100+ lbs to lose.. loving Zumba! Hello. I just wanted to say hello. I recently added Zumba to cardio selections. I do it the best I can and have fun while doing it! I dance with the dvd at home. So far.. so good Fri, 6 May 2011 21:54:18 EST New to Zumba I received my zumba dvd's in the mail last week and I am already hooked. <BR> <BR> Mary Mon, 2 May 2011 13:15:09 EST Greetings from Alaska! Hi All! <BR> I'm restarting my Zumba habit. I had been doing it 3-5 times a week for over a month then I got really sick. Now two months later, I'm finally able to start! Whoo Hoo! I've done two zumba workouts since Friday, and I'm doing another tomorrow (skipping today because my muscles need some rest from zumbaing and hiking). <BR> <BR> Just wanted to introduce myself and wish you all the best luck and fun with your Zumba! Sun, 1 May 2011 22:06:56 EST So this is what I've been missing! I've been active on Spark and doing the "exercise" thing (running, swimming, biking, etc) for about 3 years. I'd always heard of Zumba and dancing and thought it would be fun but was too afraid to try. <BR> <BR> I tried it out a few months ago and now I'm addicted! It is a way better workout (for me) and I feel much better afterward (though tired and sore). I'm starting to plan my days around the classes. Kinda crazy. I'm also addicted to the music. <em>39</em> I really wish you c... Wed, 27 Apr 2011 09:44:00 EST hello introducing myself Hi <BR> I love Zumba one of my all time favorite exercise classes. Its like dancing for an hour and my instructor is the bomb. If you have a lousy instructor the hour drags. <BR> <BR> I am thinking about purchasing the dvd set but I think I enjoy the class so much because I see the same group of people every week and it is fun to dance as a group. <BR> <BR> She changes up the music from week to week so I am not sure the dvd would do that. <BR> <BR> I have been taking the class about a year... Tue, 26 Apr 2011 22:15:23 EST Simply just loving ZUMBA I am not the excersize type, but oh my gosh!!!! I just received my ZUMBA fitness DVDs and I love them!!! I have been doing ZUMBA all week and its just the best feeling ever!! I just cant wait to start doing my routine, I wake up and all I want to do is ZUMBA!!! I am so happy, and best of all I think I burn lots of calories, because my heart rate is up and I sweat oh my gosh do I sweat! Today I did for the first time the ZUMBA toning DVD and it was wonderful!!! <BR> <BR> Fri, 15 Apr 2011 22:47:30 EST Hello still in the beginning stages with my Wii game. I guess i'm about to kick it up a notch. Ready for the challenge. Thu, 14 Apr 2011 12:32:27 EST Life before ZUMBA - What fitness fads did you buy? In my efforts to be fit over the years I have purchase: <BR> Richard Simmons' VHS set: Sweating with the Oldies which included walking with the Classics <BR> remember Suzanne Somers' Thigh Master - owned one of those <BR> Jogging trampoline <BR> The Buns of Steel VHS set with abs and arms <BR> <BR> Sweating with the Oldies was fun but ZUMBA is a thousand times better! Wed, 13 Apr 2011 17:35:47 EST songs I have been going to Zumba classes in my area and keep hearing a song and cant find out what it is. The problem I try to remember parts in the song but then leave and forget them. I do know in the chorus there is a part when you hear a cow bell. If anyone can help me. <BR> <BR> <BR> Thanks Wed, 13 Apr 2011 11:45:48 EST Give Yourself a High Five!! Today I felt so good when I went out to lunch and asked the waiter to substitute a side of broccoli rabe for the curly fries that came with my chicken and eggplant sandwich. Trust me, those fries smelled soooo good and when the patrons next to me began to munch on theirs I almost broke down and felt myself rationalizing about how I could work out extra hard to enjoy those fries. <em>4</em> <BR> In the end, I stayed focused and didn't have to deprive myself for the rest of day just because... Tue, 12 Apr 2011 00:28:36 EST New Zumba DVD's I heard something recently that there was a whole new set of Zumba DVD's coming out. Does anyone know anything about this? I cannot even remember where I heard it. Mon, 11 Apr 2011 14:22:26 EST Have You Lost 20+ Pounds, With Zumba's Help? I'm a huge Zumba fan myself. What a great way to stay fit, have fun and relieve stress! <BR> <BR> Now, I'm seeking some Zumba success stories. Learn more here. <BR> <BR> Look forward to hearing from you. <link><BR>-success-stories-are-you-one-.html </link> Sun, 3 Apr 2011 11:41:12 EST Hi Zumba Lovers!!!! Just signed on to SparkTeam and I was so excited to see this page. I just LOVE Zumba. I've been taken Zumba for a year now and love it more and more each day. I'll be attending my Instructor Workshop soon and I'm very excited. I hope I'll be able to find somewhere to teach...really nervous I won't. Would love to hear from anyone who's licensed about getting started. Tue, 29 Mar 2011 10:57:14 EST hello hello my name is Carla and i am addicted to zumba! i am a trainer at curves and we recently started the zumba on the curves circuit and i love love love love did i say love it lol. i burn major calories and it is so so so fun! <BR> <BR> right now i can only attend the zumba on the curves circuit class two times a week bc i am also in culinary i have been trying to fill in by watching zumba videos on youtube and that way i can have my zumba fun lol... <BR> <BR> i can not wait to... Mon, 28 Mar 2011 15:05:02 EST Zumbathon for Japan Hi Everybody!! <BR> I just wanted to tell everyone about our Zumbathon for Japan at the gym today! I'm so excited about it!! One of our instructors always likes to do charity Zumba events--so when she mentioned doing one for Japan, I suggested that she team up with the other instructors at the gym, to get more visibilty (and add to the fun!!). So she asked the most popular instructor (and me--"the least popular"?? maybe..hahaha!) to join her. My son helped me make up some really cool flyers, ... Sun, 27 Mar 2011 21:56:37 EST Hello, another zumba lover here! Hi Everyone! I am excited to see this team page! Zumba is my all time favorite exersize! I do not currently belong to a gym, however I have the Zumba Wii game and love it!! Sun, 20 Mar 2011 13:11:30 EST Possible Alternative for Zumba Shoes?? (maybe) Hi Everyone! <BR> I just got some "slip-on dancers" that I saw in the Z-life magazine. They are designed to slip over your regular sneakers and provide some smoothness on the ball of the foot for pivoting. (Similar to the duct=tape advice others have mentioned. I tried the tape, and it didn't work well for me!). I just tried them over my regular cross trainers for about 5 songs, and they seemed to work pretty well! I still prefer my regualr dance shoes, but these may be worth a try for those ... Wed, 9 Mar 2011 16:48:36 EST Another Virginian joins the team Hello Zumba lovers! Mon, 7 Mar 2011 20:24:56 EST Hi from NJ Hi folks. I'm new to Spark (well new again, it's been years) and I'm super new to the Zumba phenomenon. I wanted to take the classes they offer at the YMCA, but I'm so afraid of looking like an idiot. So I purchased the Zumba game for Wii to get my workout and learn the routines. I figure even if the routines aren't the same at the YMCA, the practice with the Wii will help me gain my coordination back a bit before jumping into the classes in person. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping that Zumba is my ... Mon, 7 Mar 2011 12:24:02 EST New here from Va. Hi. Just wanted to say "Hi" I have been doing zumba since mid Jan. I do 5-6 days on the dvd at home .I am loving it! I started out at 30 min and I am now up to 90 min per day. <em>252</em> Mon, 7 Mar 2011 11:23:47 EST Looking for Zumba Info Looking for a little info. I have two left feet when it comes to doing Zumba. I have a couple of the DVD's that I kept as the free gift when I order Zumba and then returned it because I got discouraged. <BR> <BR> So I've been REtrying to Zumba with that DVD. I sweat because of all the movement. I don't feel like I'm doing anything with my Abs when I'm doing the moves, is that because I'm so full of fat that I don't feel it, or does it matter if I feel it working, as long as I'm moving and tr... Sun, 6 Mar 2011 13:35:33 EST What shoes do you recommend for Zumba? I am new to Zumba. I started in January and LOVE it! Problem is, my brand new running shoes squeak and stick to the gym floor. It's difficult to make quick turns, etc. <BR> <BR> Wondering what shoes are out there and what other people find works well. Now that I am addicted to Zumba, I am willing to invest in shoes that will help my footwork. Sat, 5 Mar 2011 17:11:47 EST keren hi, i am new to this website! and am in need of friends to help me get through this! Thu, 3 Mar 2011 17:21:55 EST first class = total blast!!! ok i thought i was addicted to zumba before...and i was just a participant. I did it at the gym, went to outside classes, and did it at home. i just became an instructor on 2/8, and held my first official class yesterday. O...M...G!!!! i had a full class, and think i worked out harder than i ever have before!! it was like i got all this extra energy from the people in the class!!! i thought teaching would be fun...but this by far exceeded my expectations!!! <BR> I LOVE ZUMBA!!! <BR> ... Thu, 3 Mar 2011 08:39:31 EST Need Advice for Foot Pain!!! :( Hi Zumba Lovers! <BR> <BR> Recently I've been experiencing more and more foot pain--after Zumba, and after work, and now, pretty much all the time! <BR> I work as a pharmacist and am on my feet for 6-11 hours at a time (depending on the length of my shift) and I literally don't sit down once all day! I usually wear one of several pairs of comfortable sneakers or a pair of rubber-soled clogs that are made for people who stand all day. <BR> I also do a lot of Zumba--about 6 hours a week on ave... Wed, 2 Mar 2011 12:34:37 EST New to ZUMBA I just started ZUMBA last night. I LOVE IT!! I will go 2 times a week, but what is this ZUMBA Wii? I would love to be able to do it more than 2x/week. So excited to get going. Tue, 22 Feb 2011 20:47:12 EST New here Hi all - just wanted to stop in and introduce myself. I'm new to Zumba (took my first class today and LOVED it) and newish to SparkPeople (joined almost 2 weeks ago and lost 7 lbs so far) <BR> <BR> My name is Donna and I live on Long Island, NY. <BR> <BR> I've always had trouble staying motivated to exercise. I used to love Jazzercise years ago, but I can't seem to find classes close to home that fit into my schedule. I've been hearing a lot about Zumba lately and how much fun it is, s... Sun, 20 Feb 2011 16:11:49 EST Beginner Dvd's for zumba at home! Could the team give me some ideas of good dvd's for us beginners? I have been taking some classes at a local church here where I live, but I love it so much I wanted to get my own dvd's for home. Thanks for your help! <em>184</em> Thu, 17 Feb 2011 16:49:52 EST Newbie from Georgia... Hi everyone...just wanted to introduce name is Luz and I just started to Zumba...havent been to any classes yet but I recently purchased the Zumba Wii and the Dvd's...need to practice a bit before I do this in goal is to lose 45lbs. Mon, 7 Feb 2011 18:31:14 EST New to Team but not SP Hello, my name is Jodi. I just recently started to do Zumba. I love it!!! SO much fun, and u burn so many calories!!! <BR> <BR> I am still learning, I would love to become certified in it. But want to wait until I lose a little more weight. I am still in the 300's but this is one of my long term goals. <BR> <BR> Jodi Sun, 6 Feb 2011 22:08:27 EST Newbie from Texas Today was my first day in a Zumba class. Boy am I beat! I am gonna stick with it though and make it through because I actually like the class! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Wed, 2 Feb 2011 22:01:31 EST Logging zumba in the fitness tracker Hey, how do you guys log Zumba on your fitness tracker? I've been listing it as aerobics - low impact and for the set time, because I couldn't find it listed on its own. It's cardio, right? Wed, 2 Feb 2011 21:44:53 EST Getting certified NEXT tuesday 2/8!!! (YAY!!!) So I'm going to get certified for the Basic I next week. I already have a place that is going to let me have a class. My question is, how long after getting certified until you start holding classes? <BR> My plan is to have a full hour routine, and run that for a few weeks. Once I get some regulars and they are comfortable with it...start switching out one song at a time to keep things fresh and challenging. <BR> Does anyone have any suggestions, or tips for a newbie?! <em>213</em> ... Wed, 2 Feb 2011 13:30:48 EST Aqua Zumba Has anyone else here tried it? They just started offering it here right before Christmas and I LOVE it!! I'm addicted to gym zumba as well, but in the water it's even better! The only downfall is you don't realize how hard you're working until you get out of the pool, then you're completely drained. <BR> Definately something to try if it's offered in your area :) Wed, 2 Feb 2011 10:48:06 EST Tips for a new Zumba Instructor? I just made the commitment to attend Zumba instructor training. It's not for awhile yet. But am going to use this time to be as prepared as I can. Any tips for a newbie? Sat, 29 Jan 2011 22:54:44 EST How many calories do you burn doing Zumba???? I am borring a friend's DVD set, last night, I did 35 minutes of a 55 minute class of the Cardio party. My 12yo daughter with it with me! HA! Normally, I do Zumba Wii, but dang, the DVDs are much more intense. I do not have an HRM, and I am just curious, of 35 minutes straight, no breaks, except for the breaks they give you when they are talking and you are panting, I am curious how many calories that burns? Right now, I am 5 feet 9 inches, and currently weight 185. Thanks for any inform... Fri, 28 Jan 2011 12:03:27 EST Spark Newbie! Hi all! I'm Jessica, and I'm a Newbie to SP, but not a newbie to Zumba! I've actually been taking Zumba classes for a little over a year now. <BR> <BR> Anyway, just saying hi!! <em>213</em> Wed, 26 Jan 2011 14:47:38 EST "New" to the forums! Hello all! I joined back in March 2010 and to be quite honest, got complacent and started accepting my weight gain. I don't know if it's the new year or some other life changes, but I'm no longer willing to accept the "unhealthy" me. My weight goal is to lose (overall) between 75 and 90 pounds. My fitness goal (overall) is to be healthy and without aches and pains and run a 5K in the fall or next spring. <BR> <BR> Currently, I'm trying out different workouts to see what captures my atten... Wed, 26 Jan 2011 14:32:27 EST Hi! Newbie here... :) Hey everybody, I'm Christina. I've done Zumba quite a few times, but not exactly regularly. I'm trying to get on my treadmill 6 days a week for 30 mins, so sometimes, I'm not feeling like doing anything else afterward. BUT--I LOVE it! It's the most fun workout I've ever tried, and usually, I can't wait to get started. I recommend it to everybody who's talking about how they can't drum up the enthusiasm to exercise. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping to get a little more fired up about it by joining t... Wed, 26 Jan 2011 13:59:43 EST Zumba and weight loss 1 week of zumba and 5 lbs gone! I am hooked! Wed, 26 Jan 2011 11:52:15 EST A few questions??? I just started zumba this week and I love it!!! I have a 50min class once a week and a friend gave me the Cardio party, sculpt and tone and 20 minute express workout videos...however I dont know how often I should do which videos or if there is a certain order they should be done in. I checked the website and noticed that the videos come with a total transformation guide. I do not have this guide and am not sure how to use the videos..any help would be greatly appreciated! <em>41</em> Tue, 25 Jan 2011 23:04:29 EST Just starting Hi, I'm starting again today to lose 17 lbs. But today I feel different from all those other days; today I have the tools to keep me dedicated and motivated. Tool 1- sparkpeople (thanks to strawberiessim), Tool 2- an exercise program that I'm enthused about: (a) 20 minute cardio circuit I can do at home [thanks exercise tv] & (b)zumba for kinect [I did it on Sat to try it out and I can honestly say it's worth every penny], and Tool 3- blogging/joining a sparkteam so I can have friends in the ... Mon, 24 Jan 2011 19:34:47 EST Hernias I love ZUMBA! However, I've got 3 hernias, the biggest between L4-L5. Can I ZUMBA? <BR> Mon, 17 Jan 2011 03:56:41 EST Hi everyone. I'm new to the forum and also new to zumba. But so far I love it. Sat, 15 Jan 2011 11:01:44 EST DVD's Does anyone know if there are any other DVD's besides the ones that come from Zumba Fitness? I got those for Christmas and LOVE them but I am interested in getting more if any more have been made. Any info would be appreciated! <BR> Mary Fri, 14 Jan 2011 16:13:46 EST New to forum and LOVE Zumba! I am new to this forum but I love my zumba dvd's so much I just had to join! I've had them since the summer and haven't put them to use that often, but whenever I did I just loved them! I'm looking forward to using them as my cardio this winter since I don't like to go out in the cold! I'm looking forward to getting sweaty with Beto again! Lol! <em>198</em> Thu, 13 Jan 2011 19:50:34 EST zumba time Hello my name is Amanda. I am trying my first zumba class tonight and am very excited. I know this year is the year I get serious about weight loss and tone up. Can't wait to see my results as the year goes by. Mon, 10 Jan 2011 14:04:18 EST I Love ZUMBA I do ZUMBA at the "Y" and love it so much that I asked for ZUMBA for my Wii for Christmas. I have not lost a lot of weight with either yet but have lost inches. I've gone from a size 20 pants to size 16. <BR> <BR> We have gotten 7 to 8 people to join us at the "Y". They are giving us another class on Saturday now. Can't wait. Sun, 9 Jan 2011 21:09:50 EST Hi I am Amanda who loves Zumba.I need to lose bout 22 pounds.I look forward to meeting and getting to know you all and Partying with you Sun, 9 Jan 2011 20:57:45 EST new from MT Howdy all, Im new to this team. I love Zumba and am glad there is a team all about it! <em>236</em> Sun, 9 Jan 2011 07:54:34 EST Help trying to figure out calories Burned!! I just started the Zumba Dance DVD's I did the 20 min workout and was wondering how many calories you burn!! Thanks Ladies I am loving it so far! Thu, 6 Jan 2011 22:59:39 EST Newbie here from NC!!! I went to a few classes before the summer and loved it. However, with children and time restraints, I wasn't able to go. I started school Fall, 2010, which put an even bigger damper on my Zumba plans. I purchased the Zumba Fitness for Wii and I must say, it seems more cardi (fun though) than the class I took. Any other Wii/Xbox Kinect Zumba members on here??? Wed, 5 Jan 2011 12:39:36 EST Youtube Zumba? Hi! I have been doing Zumba for a while at home with DVDs but they are starting to get a bit boring and repetitious. Does anyone have any favorite youtube zumba favorites? I'm hoping to mix up my routine with some of those! Tue, 4 Jan 2011 16:17:32 EST HI My nams is Lindi and I LOVE Zumba...however, I need to get back going again and looking forward to working out with everyone!!! Mon, 3 Jan 2011 15:42:39 EST Introduc ing...ME My name is Rae and am 26 years old. I became interested in Zumba due to a friend of mine suggesting the Xbox Zumba dance game. I have recently become hooked to the Dance Revolution game with my kids but a friend of mine suggested that I try the Zumba one. Then about 2 days later another friend of mine mentioned that she wanted to look into going to Zumba classes. This peaked my interest so I am hoping that this is one more fun and motivating way to keep my butt in gear. Mon, 3 Jan 2011 11:52:46 EST Zumba on Xbox Kinects - opinions? A friend of mine purchased a Kinects for their child for Christmas and it turns out that their Xbox is broken so it ended up at my house. My kids and I have been playing Dance Revolution ever since. It feels like a moderate workout. We brought the game over to our friend's house on New Year's and both kids and adults loved it. I do need to mention that my boyfriend is Puerto Rican and everyone at the party we went to was Salsa-ing up a storm. It was a blast. One of them informed me that... Mon, 3 Jan 2011 11:35:22 EST hello all! hi! my name is cheryl and i am a zumba i structor here in illinois! iv e gained some weight and ive gotta get it off! so glad to meet y9u group ! i love my zumba family and i want to be the best i can be! Mon, 3 Jan 2011 10:08:20 EST Hello I'm a newbie Hello, my name is Peggy and I just ordered the Zumba DVD series yesterday & can't wait to start & see what this SP team has to offer!!! <BR> <BR> I do love to dance & am decently coordinated. <BR> I hope the DVD's will be good for me at home. <BR> I do know there are a few Zumba classes that are in my area but are a distance for me to drive to so for now I hope that I can use these at home in addition to my treadmill and other DVD's to keep me motivated and on track to my goals for 2011. Mon, 3 Jan 2011 07:31:08 EST New to Zumba DVDs... and I survived! LOL! I can NOT dance, but still found this to be a great workout, mood lifting and challenging as well! I did the 60 minute Zumba Basics instructional DVD followed by the 20 Minute Express. It was great! I thought the 20 minute workout was actually easier to follow than the instructional workout LOL! I love how the express workout is divided into "songs" so there is a pause long enough to grab some water. I plan to design a few strength moves to do in between the songs to keep my heart ... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 21:12:45 EST Zumba Convention 2011 Who's going??? Where are you from? <BR> Have you got your flights and rooms booked??? <BR> <BR> Zumba Love! <em>218</em> <em>26</em> Wed, 29 Dec 2010 18:44:57 EST not true Zumba i absolutely LOVE Zumba! Have done it in the past, then moved and wasn't close to the gym. So got the dvd's at home and love those too...but still wanted to go to a class too. Joined a gym again and went to my first class last night and was utterly dissapointed!!! i don't think we did one step of salsa, or cumbia!! i know they tend to switch up songs, and routines...but how can they call it Zumba if there is little or no latin music or latin dancing?? <BR> i was so mad i'm strongly consi... Wed, 29 Dec 2010 09:33:01 EST Ciao to all from Italy I've just signed up on SP and am so glad there are some Zumba people out there. I haven't met anyone who knows Zumba here in Southern Italy so I guess I get to be the one to share the Zumba love, but first I have to get it down, see some results and have a ball park figure on how many calories I will burn per session. Does anyone have an answer? I have the Zumba Cardio Party DVD. What range of calories can I HONESTLY burn? Thanks! Tue, 28 Dec 2010 14:29:04 EST Hi Everyone! Good morning. I'm new to this team. I had an awesome Christmas. My family got me Wii Zumba and I just used it today. Wow, was it fun. The kids and I have played many of the Wii fit games and just added Just Dance to our repertoire as well. We must have danced for hours last night. My daughter told me this morning, "Mom, I can't lift my arms." &#8194; <BR> <em>334</em> <em>460</em> Sun, 26 Dec 2010 14:19:05 EST Hi Everybody!!!! Hi everyone! My name is Jill and I am new to Zumba. My husband bought me the Zumba game and I tried it out for the first time today, and I have to admit I am in love! I have never had this much fun working on my fitness! I hope to make new friends along my journey. I look forward to getting to know all of you! Happy Holidays!!!! <em>443</em> <em>444</em> Fri, 24 Dec 2010 23:03:07 EST redjody76 I am new to Sparks. I am currently on weight watchers and love the program, but I am not yet at goal and need to save money, so I have to stop going for now, but I still need the support from others. Sparks looks like a very good choice. I am excited to get going. Tue, 7 Dec 2010 22:51:53 EST Heart rate vs steps? SO After taking the Basics in stages I threw in the 20 minute express tonight ready to G-O! And i did pretty well if not perfect.. I even used my sticks and I was really enjoying myself until about 13 minutes in (SO CLOSE!!!) <BR> <BR> I had been using the treadmill waiting on Zumba to get here so I have a pretty good idea what it "feels like" to be at my target heart rate, even though I have no monitor yet. and I know I was above it.. probably WELL above it. <BR> <BR> Bento keeps saying on... Mon, 6 Dec 2010 23:03:35 EST Hi ALL Hey! My name is Jenna I am currently attending college in New York. According to my BMI I am Morbidly Obese. The only thing is, is that I dont feel it... I guess I weight more than I look. I have always been the "bigger person" my whole llife, and now I am ready to change! My mom bought me Zumba over the summer and I liked it. I only tried a little of it but it was fun! Now that I am on my way to a better life I dont just want to "try" it I want to DO IT!!! Mon, 6 Dec 2010 13:32:26 EST Wrist damage with toning sticks? Has anyone heard of wrist/nerve damage assiciated with the use of the toning sticks that come with the DVD's? <BR> <BR> I got the DVD's about 6 weeks ago and suddenly developed hand and wrist problems. At first I thought it was a repetitive stress injury from frequent computer use ... but it came on so suddenly (and only a couple of weeks after starting with Zumba) that I am considering other possibilities. <BR> <BR> I've heard of injuries with using wrist and/or ankle weights when danc... Fri, 3 Dec 2010 21:30:40 EST Christmas Challenge! Ok so I'm starting Zumba tomorrow, I just got my package in's the home work out dvds. I really would love a challenge/virtual "work out" buddy. let me know if you are interested! <BR> <BR> I am trying to lose 10 lbs by Christmas! With the 27 day (i know i'd be 2 days over) included fitness challenge. Tue, 30 Nov 2010 17:13:38 EST Zumba at Curves???? Hey everyone!! <BR> <BR> I'm interested to know if any of you have ever taken or taught a "Zumba in the Circuit" class at Curves. <BR> <BR> I used to belong to Curves for several years, and since discovering Zumba, I've often thought "Wouldn't it be cool to have Zumba music at Curves and do a few dance steps on the cardio pads??" Well, I guess somebody else thought of that too--because I see on the ZIN website that I can get a DVD and learn to lead a Zumba class at Curves!! As a beginning ... Tue, 30 Nov 2010 13:24:16 EST Waiting on Fed-Ex! So Thanksgiving slowed down my Zumba delivery and I'm killing the refresh button on the tracking page LOL! <BR> <BR> I am a hefty gal, but I LOVE TO DANCE and was watching the info-mercial with DH a few weeks back. One of the success stories came on that sounded just like me and I started crying. My husband decided then and there that if it affected me that much then I needed it. I am so excited and can't wait! <BR> <BR> What's my first step when I get it? Is there a lot of information to a... Mon, 29 Nov 2010 16:27:42 EST Heart Rate Monitors When you all exercise (Zumba or otherwise) do you use a heart rate monitor that tracks calories burned? I bought one from New Balance and it just seems like I am burning a lot of calories and I wanted to make sure that it was accurate. Tue, 23 Nov 2010 10:04:37 EST New To Zumba Hi everyone! My name is CJ and I just recently started doing Zumba, The first time I ever did Zumba was at my work, Im a Mary Kay Consultant and our office did a Zumba and Facials night, It was amazing! I instantly fell in love, unfortunatly because I have a very full day with 3 kids and work and volunteer commitments, I am unable to attend classes but fortunatly for me a girl I knew was getting rid of her Zumba at home dvds because she was attending classes. I started off with the basic dvd ... Mon, 22 Nov 2010 21:41:01 EST New to Zumba My dvd's will be here tomorrow, and although I have never done Zumba I am going to take a workshop to be certified in January. I am a Curves Franchisee and we are offering the Curves Circuit with Zumba fitness in January. The small town I live in didn't have an available Zumba instructor who could teach my club. I am going to learn to do it myself. I am excited about those dvd's coming and hopefully I shouldn't have to much trouble with them. I am active, and fit, do turbo jam, kickboxing, w... Sun, 21 Nov 2010 21:20:24 EST Addicted to Zumba Hi, just wanted to post to anyone who will read this that I am truly addicted to Zumba!! I attend 3 classes a week in my area and just love the way I feel afterward. I am starting to see a huge difference in my body and love it! Thank you to Zumba for changing my life for good!!! <BR> <BR> Barb <em>244</em> <em>304</em> <em>236</em> Fri, 19 Nov 2010 15:18:58 EST Wii Zumba Fitness Join the Party Hi everyone I am new to the team and brand new to Zumba as well. Today I got the Wii Zumba Fitness and tried my first Zumba dance steps. WOW - what an incredible workout !!! I didn't realize how desperately out of shape that I am . Ten minutes of Zumba and my heart is pounding in my ears and the sweat is pouring down my back! I was born with a bone disease that limits my range of motion, I seem to have always had two clumsy left feet and I have had absolutely no sense of rhythm. However, ... Fri, 19 Nov 2010 12:43:46 EST A Hello for Portland, OR Hi all -- <BR> <BR> Im just joining this team! Im Jory and Ive been "Spicing up my body with Zumba" since April! I started out with two left feet, a lot of aches and pains (and other complaints) and can now say -- Im a Zumba Addict who is overcoming all the latter! I take Zumba classes in my city usually 4-6x a week. Zumba is the best way to meet people and have fun while achieving fitness goals...and its not exercise, its a party! <BR> <BR> So say hello...and if you have FB, friend ... Thu, 18 Nov 2010 09:59:17 EST Just got DVDs Hi everyone, <BR> I have just received the Zumba DVDs and have decided to start them. Does anyone else have the DVDs. Do they work? How often do you do them? <BR> <BR> I am in London and would like to try a class eventually if anyone know of some good ones? <BR> <BR> many thanks Thu, 18 Nov 2010 08:33:50 EST Zumba & Fitness Tracker? Hello! I am wondering, how do I log my Zumba class on the fitness tracker? Any help would be appreciated! Thank you! <BR> <BR> B:) Mon, 15 Nov 2010 20:48:17 EST Hello From Orlando I really enjoyed the Zumba class I was taking!! However, the class was only offered once a week, which is just not enough!! So I ordered the DVD's online and I got them yesterday and can't wait to really get going with it!! <em>30</em> Sat, 13 Nov 2010 14:03:33 EST New to this Site Hiyas! I've been taking Zumba classes since 9/28/10 and have already dropped 29lbs! My first class was rough and i only lasted 10 minutes! Since then, i now take every Zumba class offered during the evenings and Saturday mornings; I'm addicted. We have 5 instructors at my YMCA and they all do great on keeping you motivated! Thu, 11 Nov 2010 18:10:39 EST Joining All the SP Zumba Teams!! Hi!! I'm supposed to be doing an online course for my job, but instead I'm prowling around SP and looking at all the Zumba blogs...So, I've decided to join ALL the SP ZUmba teams!! (I don't have enough distractions in my life, right?? LOL!!) <BR> Anyway--Hello Everyone!! Looking forward to reading all about your Zumba experiences!! <em>213</em> Fri, 5 Nov 2010 09:52:25 EST ZUMBA Club Med 2010 Who is going??? <BR> <link><BR>tions-theme-weeks-zumba-fitness-br-mus<BR>ic-festival_p-115-l-US-pa-ZUMBA-FITNES<BR>S-MUSIC-FESTIVAL-ac-ad.html </link> <BR> <BR> I am trying my damndest to get there this year! Wed, 3 Nov 2010 19:02:04 EST Can I afford classes? Money is tight right now and was wondering what some are paying for Zumba classes. I want to go twice a week if possible... Also, I am 275 pounds and am worried that I will not be able to keep up because of my size. I do have the DVDs at home and I keep falling over my two left feet and feel so uncoordinated. I feel I will be more motivated in a class setting versus at home. Wed, 3 Nov 2010 12:27:19 EST New to Zumba I just received my zumba DVDs in the mail and plan on starting Wednesday morning. It sounds like a fun way to excercise which will help keep me motivated. Tue, 26 Oct 2010 00:27:19 EST Zumba DVD's ? My gym offers Zumba 2x a week, but now I'm hooked an would like to workout this way more. What Zumba DVD's would you recommend? Mon, 25 Oct 2010 12:56:08 EST Hey.. new to Zumba Hey there, I'm Jennifer & I'm new to Zumba. I have the dvd's at home & have done the Basic so far. I have carpeted floors, so today I went out to New Balance to see what they have (I have 10Wide feet). i tried on a pair & they looked nice, felt good, & so I tried (on their carpeted floors) to do some turns on the balls of my feet. Something just didn't feel right. So, now I look at their website, & I just put Zumba in the search to see if something came up.. the New Balance 474. It loo... Fri, 15 Oct 2010 18:23:16 EST Hi all I just joined my local gym on Friday and took my first Zumba class. It totally kicked my butt, but I had a blast! My next class is tonight. I'll start out going 3 times a week, but want to work up to more, alternating the strength training my fitness coach gave me yesterday as well. Mon, 11 Oct 2010 10:55:33 EST New to Zumba Hello all! I just joined this team today! I started doing Zumba 3 weeks ago at my kids' school and found it so much fun I've been searching for every way to get more involved with it! I have the videos as well and have been practicing at home. Becoming an instructor seems so far away for me but something I'm very interested in! Anyone in the Phoenix are looking to buddy up? Fri, 8 Oct 2010 11:16:06 EST What is your reward for hitting your goal?? I find that sharing my goals makes me more accountable! What is your reward for hitting your next goal?? <BR> <BR> My goal is getting under 150 pounds and my reward for that will be new dance/zumba shoes and new pair or workout/yoga pants. I only have eight pounds to go to get there! <BR> <BR> So c'mon and share.... What is your next reward? Thu, 7 Oct 2010 11:44:17 EST Heya Well I'm new to this board and to Zumba - I just got the videos and did an hour of the basics on Sunday. I consider myself a pretty good dancer most days but wow, I've never worked so hard at just getting the rhythm and steps in my life! It sounds like hopefully it will all come naturally in time, but for now my plan is to keep moving and thank god that I can make an arse of myself in my own space <em>246</em> Tue, 5 Oct 2010 18:56:26 EST New to the group I'm Joyce and new to the group. I've been doing Zumba for about a month now and loving it. I only go once a week right now but starting tomorrow, I'll be able to go twice a week! YAY!!! <BR> <BR> I'm very overweight and can't move as much as the others in class but love it! I'm considering buying the DVDs so I can Zumba home when I can't go to the classes.. but I wonder, is it worth it? Sun, 3 Oct 2010 17:17:24 EST What to eat? Hi. I recently started Zumba- going to my third class today. The class is from 4:30 to 5:30pm. I want to eat something before the class, but I want to eat light, since the class I take is very fast paced. What do you folks like to snack on.? Sun, 3 Oct 2010 14:09:33 EST What to eat? Hi. I recently started Zumba- going to my third class today. The class is from 4:30 to 5:30pm. I want to eat something before the class, but I want to eat light, since the class I take is very fast paced. What do you folks like to snack on.? Sun, 3 Oct 2010 14:09:30 EST What to eat? Hi. I recently started Zumba- going to my third class today. The class is from 4:30 to 5:30pm. I want to eat something before the class, but I want to eat light, since the class I take is very fast paced. What do you folks like to snack on.? Sun, 3 Oct 2010 14:09:23 EST What to eat? Hi. I recently started Zumba- going to my third class today. The class is from 4:30 to 5:30pm. I want to eat something before the class, but I want to eat light, since the class I take is very fast paced. What do you folks like to snack on.? Sun, 3 Oct 2010 14:08:53 EST Yeah Baby Hi <BR> Just wanna join in the exuberence of Zumba-Currently on a 3 month goal plan-which is to lose more weight by % than my coworkers and take the prize-everyone is putting in $50. But even if I lose the money, I plan to gain some health-well worth $50 (ofcourse i do intend to win) Just started Zumba DVD's thank god I can do them in private-it isnt pretty.....yet. Well party on............... Fri, 1 Oct 2010 12:32:12 EST Would Anyone Be Interested In.... ...some totally adorable Zumba Totes?? I just whipped them up tonight and am totally in LOVE. They are just perfect for your water bottle, towel, Zumba toning weights, keys, cell, wallet, and sunglasses!! <BR> <BR> Check out my facebook album and let me know if it might interest you! <BR> <BR><BR>93976&id=1182482151&l=e9df6ea369 <BR> <BR> Thanks for taking the time to take a peek! <BR> <BR> Get the Party Started ZUMBA style! Thu, 30 Sep 2010 23:37:56 EST A New Life Lease on Life!!! Hello EveryOne! My name is Kimberly and Monday, Sept. 27, 2010 was the 1st day of the Next chapter of my life. I vowed to take a new lease on life. I have realized that I am responsible for my happiness and well being. Life for me is generally Good, but I am looking to make it my Best Life Ever! I am more than aware of what it will take to accomplish this goal in its entirety. I made a list. I am motivated and hopeful that through SP, I will successfully reach and maintain my healthy w... Wed, 29 Sep 2010 20:43:40 EST New to the Zumba group Hi all!!! Just joined your group today. I've been bitten by the Zumba bug. Before I started classes I ordered the Zumba DVD package to make sure I could do it without making a fool of myself. I found out from live classes that each instructor had their own routine/style and they change up routines frequently. So my point is, I never really needed to practice with DVD's,. Now I just get out there and take 3-4 classes a week. Eventually you get to know your instructors and their styles. A... Fri, 24 Sep 2010 10:16:10 EST New to the team and Zumba! Hello all! <BR> <BR> I just ordered my dvds and should be getting them tomorrow! I've been on SP for about 8 months but I've become a little burnt out on running and my other workouts, so I've been working out less and less <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I'm hoping that Zumba will renew my motivation. I think this is something I could look actually look forward to doing everyday because I LOVE to dance! Thu, 23 Sep 2010 13:59:36 EST Zumba doesnt exist on my fitness counter page ok, i'm doing Zumba on saturday mornings and I keep trying to enter it on my fitness page but it cant find zumba. Any alternative to entering it or what do i do? Wed, 22 Sep 2010 09:24:42 EST Have You Ever Walked Out? On Mondays I see one of my favorite Zumba instructors at my gym. She only teaches Mondays, so I always make it a point to go. But instead, a woman that I didn't know walked in, and said she was subbing. <BR> <BR> Now, I either love a Zumba instructor or hate him/her. I had a bad feeling about this woman, but I told myself to give her a shot and stayed for the class. <BR> <BR> After the warm up, my doubts increased. I wasn't warm. We had barely moved, and when we did move, we moved SLOWLY.... Tue, 21 Sep 2010 11:09:03 EST Zumba twice a day? Okay so I have been addicted and think about Zumba when I am not working out! Silly right lol?!? Well I did my hour workout this morning and was thinking about doing another hour this afternoon. Does anyone else every do this? I shouldn't overdo it but I have so much energy from doing this program that I want to! Mon, 20 Sep 2010 15:48:25 EST Anybody else doing the 10-day challenge? I just got Zumba DVD's last week and have done the basic and 20 min workouts. Today I started the 10 day challenge to lose a dress or pant size. I did the cardio workout. Wow--I was dripping in sweat! I really hope I can lose at least a pant size. <BR> Is there anyone else out there doing this? Just wondering what your results are. Mon, 20 Sep 2010 12:15:48 EST Trouble with the moves? I had my first class last night. I made the mistake of running first, so was already tired! Didn't have an clue what to expect. I'm not a dancer. At all. And I can't simply whip out a cha cha or a salsa. So I'm struggling to keep up and she doesn't really do anything but a super quick demo, if that, and I apparently need time to catch the moves. I guess as long as I'm moving we're good.. but I dunno, I want to do it right! <BR> <BR> Does anyone else struggle with this? Do you catch on?? Fri, 17 Sep 2010 10:46:51 EST First Zumba Class experience I had my first Zumba Session today, it was more of a demo class and very short. Everyone chose Zumba over Power Yoga. Zumba felt extremely exciting! I am looking forward to many more sessions. We are going to start with one session of one hour per week for this month and then may make it two sessions. No wonder its so popular all around. I found out its been around for so many years, from 2002. Wed, 15 Sep 2010 14:17:41 EST Question on intensity Hi everyone! I'm not sure if anyone can answer this question, but I'm a big beachbody fan. I'm doing turbo fire right now. After watching some of the videos, this looks like a much less intense workout program than what I'm currently doing. It looks like FUN, though, but I don't want to feel like I'm not getting a good enough workout. Does that make sense? I'd say, on a scale of 1-10 for Turbo Fire, I'm consistently working at at least a 7- how would Zumba fare in comparison to that? Should I... Mon, 13 Sep 2010 15:52:31 EST going to try this! I'm going to take a 4-5 week class, once a week, starting Thursday. I just had the thought though - that I don't know what kind of shoes or clothes to wear!! <BR> <BR> I hope that once a week will do something. I'm going on vacation in October to see my boyfriend, been four months, and I've been stuck in my normal routine (even after starting the C25K program) so I'm really hoping that this will help! <BR> <BR> My goal was to lose 11 pounds by mid-Oct, and I haven't budged in a month. :( We... Fri, 10 Sep 2010 11:04:48 EST We need a Zumba Emoticon!!! What do we need to do to get one?? Sun, 29 Aug 2010 16:48:48 EST How do you log Zumba in the Fitness Tracker? Hi All! <BR> I'm new to Zumba (I actually haven't even taken my first class yet - it's on Saturday) but I'm really looking forward to it. It looks like so much fun, and I definitely need to get off my butt on the weekends. But I was wondering - what do you log Zumba under in the fitness tracker? Thu, 26 Aug 2010 17:42:54 EST Ordering Zumba Shirts Hey, I was thinkng of gettin some Zumba shirts from the website but I'm not sure what size to get. Right now I'm an XL but the according to the measurements on the site I'm XXL :/ I was thinking of risking it and getting the XL. I'm short too so I don't want to order a XXL when it might be too long. Has anyone ever ordered a shirt from the site? Do they run small? Thanks! Tue, 24 Aug 2010 13:55:34 EST I'm Bri Hey guys! My name is Bri and I'm new to Sparkpeople and Zumba, but I'm not at all new to trying to lose weight. It's a struggle, but I'm hoping that getting involved with communities like this and activities like Zumba will help change the way I see losing weight, dieting, and exercising! Mon, 23 Aug 2010 16:23:27 EST Zumba Fitness Videogame! In November, a game will be relases for Xbox, PS3, and Wii. <BR> Xbox will use the Kinect technology. <BR> PS3 will use the Move technology. <BR> Wii .. might just use Wiimotes, but i'm not sure. <BR> <BR> It looks pretty awesome.<BR>umbafitness/default.htm or you can find the preview from google or on youtube. <BR> <BR> :) I'm excited. Mon, 23 Aug 2010 03:04:54 EST New to group Hey, guys. I'm new to the group...I started doing zumba at home with the dvds a couple of months ago...I can't bring myself to go to a class, because I feel ridiculous doing it in front of people--but I love doing it by myself! (The cats don't think it's too weird...) Did the sculpt and tone workout (half with the toning sticks and half without) this morning and am wore out. Anyone else amazed at how worn out this can make you? Fri, 13 Aug 2010 15:03:48 EST Zumba at home! I got to Zumba once a week at the local YWCA and it is amazing. I started trying to do it at home but can bring myself to spend big bucks on the official DVDs. I've started watching Zumba videos uploaded by instructors on YouTube and doing it along with them in my living room, not the same as a class but still something! My favorite are these ladies with a class in NC that have posted tons of great routines. <BR> <BR> So my question, does anyone else do this? Have any particular videos to di... Wed, 11 Aug 2010 15:40:06 EST Zumba Fitness Party - 8/21 in Schererville, IN Join a Zumba Fitness Party to benefit the Susan B. Komen 3-Day Walk for the Cure! <BR> <BR> Saturday, August 21, 2010 <BR> 9:00 - 11:30AM <BR> M2 Dance Center <BR> 2430 Ontario St. <BR> Schererville, IN 46375 <BR> <BR> For additional information and/or to register, contact Shirley @ 219-765-2019 <BR> or email <BR> <BR> Let the party begin!!! <BR> <em>236</em> Tue, 10 Aug 2010 23:20:53 EST new to the group; and fairly new to Zumba I just stared taking Zumba last month, I try and go twice a week. I used to take dance classes 4 nights a week and found myself missing it. Zumba has been a great dance workout for me, I love it. Tue, 10 Aug 2010 14:00:41 EST New to Zumba Hey everyone! My name is Jenni, I'm 33 and live in MN. I'm married with 3 daughters. <BR> <BR> I just started Spark People on the 4th of July and have been having loads of fun with it.... and have recently been introduced to Zumba. <BR> <BR> Wow! Does it ever look intriguing and like LOTS of fun. It seems as though your not REALLY working out... but in all actuality... you REALLY are. I am game for that! <BR> <BR> I was wondering if anyone could point me in the right direction in the ... Sun, 8 Aug 2010 14:41:07 EST Got zumba fever! Hi! I just ordered my zumba set of dvds tonite. I can't wait til they come in. I hve looked into going to classes, but it is hard when they don't offer childcare and my hubby doesnt' get home in time. I decided doing it at home would be best for me. Although I did find some classes offered for free at local churches. I might check them out while I wait for mine to come. I am really excited. Watched youtube today and my 3 year old daoughter was dancing too. <em>224</em> Tue, 3 Aug 2010 22:18:12 EST New to team and to Zumba and I love it! I am not very coordinated, but I love my Zumba class because it pumps me up! Tue, 3 Aug 2010 17:04:10 EST Zumba Clothes Hi everyone! I'm having a dilemma finding clothes for Zumba and hope somebody can help. I tried the Zumba cargo/samba pants from, as well as similar type pants offered by a couple of the dancewear companies. Unfortunately, none of them were flattering or comfortable on me (I tried a variety of sizes, but nothing stayed in place even to walk across my living room - I can't imagine how bad they would be in an actual class!) So all of them got sent back. I'm currently wearing some Nike... Wed, 28 Jul 2010 23:19:00 EST Zumba Cardio Party DVD How many calories do you burn?? <BR> <BR> Just want to see if what my HRM is saying is typical.. Wed, 28 Jul 2010 12:23:21 EST I am becoming a Zumba Instructor! I signed up for certication in September!!!!!!!!!! I'm so excited! I don't intend on teaching this year but watch out for 2011! I will be full force. Are you thinking of becoming an instructor too? Tue, 27 Jul 2010 10:35:09 EST Protein Poweder I see everyone talking about Protein Powder. <BR> <BR> What kind do you use? How many calories / Protein? <BR> <BR> Does it seem to help? <BR> <BR> Any help would be greatly appreciated!! Tue, 27 Jul 2010 09:21:09 EST Finally got the DVDs, but now I have questions... I just got my DVDs last night and I was reading through the book and was interested in the 10 day weight loss, but it only gave meals for 5 days with no other options. <BR> <BR> Has anyone tried this? Is there another book I could get to give me other options?? <BR> <BR> I have done WW and now I'm watching my calories, but I'm not lossing weight all that much so I'm guessing that it is my food intake that is giving me problems. So I thought this might help. <BR> <BR> Any help would be gr... Thu, 22 Jul 2010 12:06:58 EST New to SparkPeople - and I am a Zumba Addict! How great to find members of the Zumba family here! I've discovered Zumba in May and can't stop! I've lost 12 lbs so far. Unfortunately I am bedridden (doctors orders) because of a nasty virus, but I cannot wait to go back! I work out at home with the dvd's and take a crazy fun class on Saturdays...My goal is to become an INSTRUCTOR soon! Zumba love to all! Tue, 20 Jul 2010 20:29:47 EST I am new to Zumba and the team Hello, my name is Anne I live in Mahopac, NY with my husband Michael, children Logan & Sylvia and our pet dog Zhanne. I took my very first Zumba class last Tuesday and left smiling! I could hardly wait until today (Tuesday) for the the class. I started out just wanting a change in my cardio routine. And thought I love to dance so why not try Zumba. I am hooked & I am loving it. So I decided to join a Zumba team. <em>218</em> Tue, 20 Jul 2010 19:21:06 EST How often to you Zumba in a weeks time? I quit smoking on March 2nd this year and have gained 7-8 pounds. The weight has been stubborn to lose. <BR> <BR> So in order to reach my goals, 1. lose weight, 2. tone or build muscle (knowing that muscle weights more than fat) 3. tighten my tummy muscles, both lower and upper. <BR> <BR> I am 55 years old and am able to keep up with the class in spite of smoking for a very long time. <BR> <BR> I would really appreciate your opinions, or experiences. <BR> <BR> Zimmy Mon, 19 Jul 2010 08:36:13 EST new to zumba and needing suggestions hi! i just joined sparkpeople a little over a month ago. i've ben trying to find a workout to do that i acutally enjoy and i think zumba might be it. i just did my first one today. im living in south korea though and there aren't any classes close to where i live. can anyone suggest some websites where you might be able to watch and do work outs for free? i'm going to see if i can find some DVDs around here, but in the mean time the internet is my only way to find work out videos. <BR> <BR>... Thu, 15 Jul 2010 22:43:18 EST New to Spark People and Zumba Good Morning, I just started with SP the last of June, I love the articles, blogs and the ability to count calories consumed and calories expended (although sometimes I feel it is not quite accurate ;O) ) <BR> <BR> At any rate, my first Zumba class was yesterday morning, I am a bit sore today (okay, I am walking a bit funny, hamstrings) and I was going to take a class today, but decided to wait until Friday. I loved Zumba and plan to work up to 4 classes a day. <BR> <BR> Oh, I am from cent... Thu, 15 Jul 2010 07:49:56 EST Zumba dvds What are your favorite ZUMBA dvds? Mon, 12 Jul 2010 00:15:44 EST Zumba dvd set vs Zumba class I am thinking of purchasing the ZUMBA dvd set. Which set is best. I see a 4 dvd set and then there is a transformation set. Is is better to buy from Zumbafitness (30 day free trial) or is it ok to buy from A----n to get free shipping. I love Zumba class but it it expensive to join the gym. I read a review that the dvd set is different that the class not better or worse just different. Can someone that has the set maybe elaborate on how it may be different. I really want to purchase the set I... Sun, 11 Jul 2010 21:00:48 EST Just saying person. Hi, I am Erin. Just joined this team and wanted to say hey. I got hooked on Zumba a few months ago and love it! I am a paralegal and freelance writer from NC, married with kids...the usual LOL. As you can tell, I write about Zumba as well:) Like I said, addicted to it. Oh, I am taking the Basic Zumba training class in September...can't wait! Thu, 8 Jul 2010 12:09:20 EST Just saying hello Ive been doing zumba twice a week for about 3 weeks..I luvvvvvv it..i would do it everyday if my gym offered it daily. Tue, 29 Jun 2010 12:30:03 EST Newbie to Spark and Zumba Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> I just purchased the Zumba dvd's so I'm looking forward to receiving them. Until then I started looking for a place to get encouragement to keep going to meet my weight loss goals. I hope to get motivation along with motivating others to keep up the good work. Hope to talk to you all soon!! Mon, 28 Jun 2010 12:40:02 EST Zumba Supplements, are they worth it? Hi All, <BR> <BR> I just ordered Zumba last night and added their Fat Metabolizer and VegiSource nutritional supplement. The trouble is, I can't find any info about them online and I am figuring they may be a scam. Has anyone ever used them? I'm hoping to find some info or I will remove them from my order. Any feedback is appreciated. Looking forward to getting back into working out with Zumba! It looks like a blast. Sat, 26 Jun 2010 17:20:14 EST oldies Any other 60 year old Zumba lovers out there? <em>198</em> Fri, 18 Jun 2010 18:12:28 EST ZIN members! Who else teaches Zumba and has a ZIN membership? I just received my Second ZIN DVD and music (disk 27) and I can't wait to listen/view it!!! <BR> <BR> ZUMBA LOVE <em>218</em> <em>26</em> Thu, 17 Jun 2010 08:18:31 EST Is Zumba right for me??? I have been trying to find a way to excercise without getting bored. I figure if fI really enjoy the excercise then it will help keep me motivated to do it. I have looked up what Zumba is (since I had no clue)-and it looks like a lot of fun. First, I am nervous though because I don't want people to make fun of me. Second, I am a big girl and I don't know if Zumba is for big girls. I am not limited to what excercise I do or anything. So do you guys have people in your classes that arent super... Mon, 7 Jun 2010 09:32:02 EST Southern Cali ZUMBA Does anyone live in the Escondido San marcos area's in Southern Cali? We have great ZUMBA classes here. I go 4-5 times a week. I ditched the workout and joined the party!!! Mon, 31 May 2010 00:31:41 EST Dance shoes Anyone wear dance shoes for doing Zumba? Are they worth the purchase compared to using regular shoes? Mon, 17 May 2010 08:03:14 EST Newbie to spark Hello, <BR> I am new to spark but love the website already. It is full of information about the subjects I seem most interested in as well as so many others. I look forward to logging in daily. Sun, 16 May 2010 09:29:08 EST New to Zumba... new to this team :) I went to a Zumba "open house" tonight for a free class... I had a blast!!! I was dripping with sweat--so AWESOME!! I can definitely see myself getting into shape this way!!! Wed, 12 May 2010 21:26:39 EST Second class tonight! So, I went to my 2nd class tonight! It really is a lot of fun, but I think it will be even more so when I actually have a clue as to what I'm doing! :) <BR> <BR> Does anybody know if there is a DVD or something that I could use to "practice"? Mon, 10 May 2010 21:14:55 EST Just did my first class! LOVED it! Can't wait to do it again next week! <BR> <BR> Hi all! I'm fairly new to these boards and don't really post but I figured I should say hello! :) <BR> <BR> Happy Zumba-ing! Sat, 8 May 2010 12:39:23 EST Caught the Zumba bug. Hi I'm Claudia. I went to my first class last night and it was AWESOME!!! I love, love, loved it. I'm so excited to go back. I would have never of thought that I would be so excited, so looking forward to working out. Tue, 4 May 2010 21:54:50 EST My First Zumba Class Was AWESOME!!!! My gym (GOLD'S) just started offering Zumba classes. I'd been looking at purchasing the DVD's so that I could do it at home and then the signs went up in the gym saying that ZUMBA would be coming to the gym. I was so excited! So, I went to my first class last week and I loved it!!!! I can see myself going a couple of times per week for sure!!! Great workout and I was sweating like I never have before. I excercise on a regular basis but nothing has ever made me sweat like that! LOVE IT!!! Tue, 4 May 2010 08:31:56 EST keeping the pace Hi I am Kimberly and am trying to keep the pace on this lifestyle journey. I have been on and off but am finally motivated to change for good. I have been at this for about 2 months and have been totally committed. Not seeing a lot of difference in pounds but am starting to feel better in my clothes finally! Now that I am in my mid 30's, it is much tougher to move this weight for sure! Keep on movin' sparkers! Tue, 27 Apr 2010 09:28:03 EST Warming up to Zumba Went to Zumba for the first time on Saturday. Had a really good time. I will have to learn the steps, but had a great workout! I am looking forward to getting to know Zumba better. <em>335</em> Mon, 12 Apr 2010 21:43:01 EST Love Zumba! Hi everyone, I am new to this site and was excited when I saw this team! I used to take Zumba classes and really miss them! I am happy to have found others that really enjoy Zumba too! <BR> Drea Sun, 4 Apr 2010 20:52:10 EST Three Stage Newbie Hi everyone I am new to the spark site found it in a mag and thought it was interesting, so far so good. Also new to this team, just did my first zumba class last nite loved it went with my daughter she enjoyed it too. I grew up loving dance and we always dance salsa, merengue, and pop in my family. So that is why I love the dance the steps and the music is hot. going again thursday. <em>244</em> Wed, 31 Mar 2010 08:48:39 EST Zumba online? Are there any Zumba videos online that I can use to get started? I ordered the DVD set but it doesn't look like it'll be here until next week. I'm anxious to get started. . Mon, 29 Mar 2010 18:49:30 EST Zumba help I have been interested in trying Zumba. The reason holding me back is the fact that I don't have any rhythm or a dancing bone in my body. I have an interest in dancing. I have thought about buying the Zumba DVD set. <BR> Can anyone give me some good advice? Anyone else like me out there? Sun, 28 Mar 2010 20:34:21 EST my 1st zumba class i took my 1st. zumba class tonight and i loved it im so looking forward to my next one. i dont know all the moves yet of course . but i will learn in time but was so amazed by it. instructor said went burnt about 500 calories tonight so that was good to but the more i learn the more i will burn. im so loving it. Mon, 22 Mar 2010 23:59:41 EST Encouragement for newbies Hello! <BR> I just wanted to drop a little note in here and let you all know that I have been doing Zumba for nearly a year now and guess what else? I'm 28 weeks pregnant (6-7mths) and I am STILL doing it! So I think that if I can still do it at this stage of pregnancy (granted with some minor modifications), ANYONE can do it! And if that's not convincing enough, I've seen YouTube videos of women MUCH farther along...38 WEEKS pregnant and still doing Zumba! (Okay so that one is an instructor,... Mon, 22 Mar 2010 19:19:11 EST 2010 Zumba Convention in Orlando Hello everyone I was just curious as to who all will be going to the convention this year? I'm so hoping to have my certification by then and would love to go I saw the previews from last years event and I know it's so exciting, uplifting and encouraging to all instructors who attend. <BR> <BR> So any thoughts? Mon, 22 Mar 2010 14:36:12 EST Zumbando y Andando I grew up on Merengue, Samba, and Salsa. We just never called it Zumba. I just put on my Cable music station 'Tropicales' and let go. Sat, 20 Mar 2010 17:09:29 EST HI all, newbie Just found this one. I have heard a lot about Zumba and that it's fantastic. My college gym instructor gave us a taste of other classes available at the school, Zumba was one of them. I thought it was fun and kicked my butt in 15 min! lol Is most Zumba done in a class or is there some good videos and such you can get for home. I'd love to take it at school but their schedule doesn't work for me right now. Would love input! Sat, 20 Mar 2010 00:48:23 EST Just started doing Zumba I have been doing Zumba for about 3 weeks now. I try to do it atleast 3 times a week if not more. I have been doing the cardio party and I just did the zumba live and flat abs video which was definetly a workout. I want to know what I can do to help my ankles during exercising. I have a low pil carpeted floor and have been exercising in my bare feet. Also, who knows of a cheap calorie counter that is accurate? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks : ) Thu, 18 Mar 2010 22:39:54 EST My knees hate Zumba but I'm addicted :-( I've been doing Zumba for about a month now. After the first class I was hooked sometimes taking the class twice a day. Just last week my knees started being in pain and I did some research and it seems to be very common in Zumba. I've tried resting my knees and all types of ointments. Bought new sneakers and I went back today to Zumba and had to leave half way through the class. Does anyone have any suggestions. Thu, 18 Mar 2010 17:31:06 EST Hey there! I'm a Zumba newbie. My friend goes a few times a week and has been raving about how much fun it is, so I decided to join her last night. Normally I just do the same old boring things at the gym (treadmill, bike, weights) but this added so much fun that sometimes I forgot I was working out. I have really weak legs from a back problem I've had from birth, so I was only able to do half of the class, and couldn't do any fancy spins. But, now my goal is to be able to finish a class and do all ... Tue, 16 Mar 2010 17:57:35 EST Which are the best Zumba tapes? Just joined, hello everyone! I love Zumba. Right now I'm having trouble finding a class close to home and at the right time so I want to do the tapes for now. What does everyone recommend? <em>303</em> Sun, 7 Mar 2010 15:57:56 EST ZUMBA Wear for BSC (BIG SPICY CHICKS) Anyone design Zumba Wear for us big girls????? Tue, 2 Mar 2010 14:24:56 EST Zumba Newbie! I'm going to my 1st zumba class tonite and I can't wait. My friend really pushed me into trying out this new exercise class - I had no idea what she was talking about, so I did it more as a favor to her. After going to an zumba open house and reading this message board, I'm really excited - can't wait to start burning those calories and meeting new friends! Tue, 2 Mar 2010 06:45:49 EST Calling Long Islanders - Zumba marathon to benefit LI2DAY Breast Cancer walk on 3/13 at St. Joseph's College in Patchogue. Mon, 1 Mar 2010 23:14:00 EST first timer-old timer Just took my first Zumba class. For 56 yrs and out of shape I think I kept up well. And most important, I loved it. I also google to see how many calories burned and wow-I am HAPPY! <em>224</em> Fri, 26 Feb 2010 13:07:09 EST new to the team... ... <BR> Fri, 26 Feb 2010 10:30:49 EST how many times??? . Thu, 25 Feb 2010 11:23:49 EST no zumba for me... still! ARGH!!! <BR> So, I broke my foot a couple of weeks after I started doing Zumba. That was in early December. I got the all clear from my doctor a couple of weeks ago... Broke my toe 5 days later... I can't get on my shoes. Feels like a giant rock where my baby toe should be. :( <BR> I WANT TO ZUMBA!!! Fri, 19 Feb 2010 21:30:31 EST