I LOVE Zumba! I strongly suggest finding a class and trying it. If you go to zumba.com there's a tab "Find a Class", then you can put in your zip code and pull up classes in your area. Don't worry about being embarrassed and afraid you're not coordinated enough. I've seen people in there from age 7 to 70, skinny minnies & fluffy girls & guys too. I know that I'm too busy trying to follow the moves to watch everyone else. If I do look at other people, I'm usually looking at their feet to try and figure out what I should be doing. I'm definitely not the most coordinated person, but I still can keep up enough to feel like I've accomplished something after the class.
I have become a zumba fanatic since taking my first class about a month and a half ago. I have to admit that i thought i would get old quick too; a friend of mine introduced me to it and i thought i would just indulge her. Now i am hooked!! I try to go at least 2 times a week and just started a 5-week zumba bootcamp. Honestly, you can't go wrong with zumba, especially if you like to dance or you want to change up your regular routine a bit. A one zumba class i have found that i can burn at least 600 calories.
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Fitness Minutes: (12,789) Posts: 1,659 4/16/11 7:33 A
Zumba is the best! It is so fun you don't even feel like you are exercising. I did start with the DVDs then the Wii Game then the Classes. I do have to say that the classes are the most fun and the most intense. At the classes the instructors use current songs and different dance moves. I always wear my HRM and 95% of the time burn over 1000 calories.
I can't even begin to sing the praises of Zumba. I started going to classes last month and I am addicted in a big way. It is SO MUCH FUN. Today I bought the game for the Kinect but haven't tried it out yet. As for the dvd program, I imagine that any program like that will eventually get old, but I bet it would take awhile. The classes are worth it though if you can find them nearby. I have a Y membership and we have classes available every day but Sunday. All different people go to them, we have everyone from pregnant girls to little old ladies and everything in between. I really like it because you set your own intensity according to your ability and can up it when you want to. As for the calories...it burns more than just about ANYTHING else and the time flies. The average calorie burn for a typical class is supposed to be 600-800 per hour. There is a girl in one of the classes I take that wears a Body Bugg and last week she burned 1078 in one class. CRAZY. Zumba isn't the only thing I'm doing, but I have lost just over 24 lbs since I began this journey on February 16th. YAY ZUMBA!
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Not sure if it varies from one place to another but the people who teach it around here charge $2 each class or 2 can goods to go to a local soup kitchen. I only got to go to one class several months ago. I ended up hurting my knee a few days later when I was walking. I LOOOVED it! Be sure to bring a couple of bottles of water and a towel...you'll most definately need it. When we first got done I was plum wore out but within a couple of minutes I felt SO good!!!!! I am slowly working towards doing it again.
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There is a class at our local school for a minimal charge but daughter broke down and bought it for the wii....although I just started it last week it is a little difficult at the beginning but the more I do it the more I can keep up. I was sore after my first day in my hips and waist though. It is very fun if you love to dance. I watched the you tube videos also. Try it out even if you can't do all of the moves at once just keep trying a little more each time and I believe you will see results. It definitely makes you sweat or it does me anyway.
I have been going to Zumba classes 2 - 5 times a week since my first class on January 3rd. I love it. Zumba and soccer are a lot of why I have had the weight loss I have had so far, because they are so fun and the time passes quickly. When I get some extra money I will buy the dvd's to do at home. There are some good deals on them on eBay. My 7 year old daughter likes to do some of the moves with me. There are usually modifications to make some of the moves easier until you are ready to squat that low and other things like that. Search it on youtube and you can see some of the routines and some breakdowns of the basic moves. You will also see there is a large variety of women in the classes...which always makes me feel even more comfortable. Can you tell I have Zumba love? :)
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Fitness Minutes: (27,575) Posts: 2,288 4/15/11 12:27 P
I bought the dvds and they're a lot of fun. Its still really hard for me, but I'm not giving up!
If you want to try it before you pay the money, go to youtube an search zumba. There are tons of videos. There's a trainer from Virginia that has a whole series of dances on there. Look for KikiFitness.
I hope you like it!
I WILL get back on track and make forward progress!!!!!
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I have the DVDs from the infomercial and I love them! My local YMCA also has classes that are great! If you just want to try it out, you can usually go for one class for free to see if you like it. It's tons of fun and you burn lots of calories. Give it a try!
has anyone tried this? Have you lost weight doing it? Does it get boring after a while? I've seen the infomercial so many times and though, "hmmm maybe I'll try that." but it's so expensive. I don't want to spend that much money on something that would get old quick... I don't know.
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