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11/18/10 10:49 A

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Hi - Here's my story...

Hit the Zumba floor for the first time in April 2010. My goal was that I needed to learn some dance steps for an upcoming cruise (in two weeks now) and get in shape. Was I ever in for a pleasant surprise!

My daughter (who can dance) went with her two left feet, outta share, uncoordinated mom (thats me) to a higher impact class. OMG I thought I would die...But, I thought...at least I had fun doing it! I soon found that I needed to start at a lower level on a more consistent basis to "build up" to the level I had found (and I did that by exploring the various clubs/studios and instructors in my area...and have met so many wonderful people in the process). I now take Zumba classes 4-6x a week, attend Zumba Party's and can complete 1-2 hr. high impact classes (Not bad for a 49 year old, outta shape gal).

Oh, and I definitely agree...that if Zumba will become a regular and recurring part of your lifestyle, that investing in a pair of dance/aerobic shoes is a must. I, myself, have hip and knee issues, and once I started wearing my shoes (Ryka Transitions) I notices a world of difference. I used to be a walker (and completed a 10K this past weekend) and found that I had/still have more aches/pains with knees/hips walking...than I do with Zumba! That's me though -- do what's right for you...and hopefully Zumba is going to be your "key" like it is mine...to a healthy future!

Peace Love Zumba

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11/16/10 4:02 P

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Zumba is fantastic and if you don't feel comfortable in front of a class then most definitely go to www.zumba.com and get the DVD series.
Although I have to say I think everyone in class would be accepting as it really is just about having fun and getting fitness into your day.
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11/9/10 8:09 P

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You know Zumba is right for you if you are having fun! It doesn't matter your size, shape or dance ability!!! Just do it!!!

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11/6/10 10:16 P

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you girls are soo inspirational :)

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10/25/10 9:54 A

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Missed both classes last week because of family crisises.
Going today, no matter what.

Quit stuffing your face and face your stuff.

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10/14/10 3:42 P

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I should add though, since I read that someone mentioned knee issues- do not use standard sneakers to do Zumba! I had a lot of knee pain and then bought some Capezio Dance Sneakers. The are technically a Jazz shoe. I am no longer torking my knees. With all of the extra body weight I had- the last thing I needed to do was tork my knees! I hear Rykas are the most comfortable, and there are the highlighter sneakers on zumba.com I dont know anything about them. I love my Capezios is all I can say. I found them at discountdance.com and amazon.com for about half the price of the zumba ones and the Rykas.

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10/14/10 3:39 P

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I am a Zumba addict for sure! When I first walked in to a zumba class I was 264 lbs. There is nothing sexy feeling about weighing that much. Despite the mirrors in the class, and my large body and my not being able to keep up - for the one brief moment as I moved my body I felt beautiful. For the brief moment I felt sexy. And while it seems like getting back down to my normal size would never happen and I wasnt interested in really pursuing weight loss (syndrome X -and its 3x's as hard to lose weight) I decided I would come back. That I liked it. Two and a half months later I was down 50 lbs. Zumba is magic. It does something to you inside and out. And no matter how big you are when you first go to a class, you feel awesome despite mirrors. Beto Perez and his Zumba program saved my life, made me happy and are transforming my body. I am still a work in progress, but everyday is a good day. Now I love life.

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10/5/10 9:08 A

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I definitely will go back. Went to my first class last night. I am not sore. 57 and not fit. Fun. But I will take a bottle of water for sure.

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10/3/10 6:19 P

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I know this was posted a while ago but I have to answer it.. Is Zumba right for you? Yes!

I am 41 and 277 lbs. I am so uncoordinated I trip over my own feet. I'm a half beat off of everyone in the class. I outweigh everyone in there by at least 100 lbs. I can't dance worth crap.. and I love it!

I don't know about your instructor, but mine changes up the class every now and then, changes the routines, the songs.. and it keeps things fresh.

Zumba is for everyone. In our class we have people as young as 15 and there's a 75 year old lady in our group (and man, she puts the rest of us to shame!).

Joyce


** Change is like walking an uphill, rocky road: you will stumble, you will fall. You may even roll downhill a bit. You will be tempted to stay down. You'll ask yourself "why bother"? But, if you pick yourself up and just keep pushing forward, eventually you'll get to the top and have a beautiful view! **


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7/20/10 10:26 P

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I went to my first zumba class ever and I was the 2nd biggest girl in the class. I didn't worry about anyone else, I just watched our instructor. You are busy and everyone else is busy focusing on the moves you don't worry about others. Ok I did but i love to dance so I tried really hard to focus on that. I am going again to the next class on thurs. Just try it and give it a chance. :)

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7/20/10 8:01 A

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I am looking forward to trying Zumba, been thinking about it for awhile but wasn't sure where it was offered near me so I found some classes nearby! I don't know how it will do with my knees since they pop and stuff but don't give me any big issues, think it is more the weight I have put on than anything else and I see people saying they modify the moves so I want to give it a try at least and see how it goes. I did the Bollywood workout on Fit TV this morning and am trying to start being more active, eat and drink better.

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UNKINDLOVING's Photo UNKINDLOVING Posts: 58
7/19/10 8:37 P

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The best thing about Zumba is in its tagline:
"Ditch the Workout, Join the Party"
In most of the classes at my gym, the instructors tell us that it doesn't matter if we get the moves right and if we're focusing too much on steps, then we're missing the point. It's about just moving and having fun.
Sure, you'll come across the women that are very fit and who are actually dancers, but you'll also come across a variety of women who just need to spice up their workout. I've seen them of all weights and ages, like others have already said. It's actually an amazing place to go because of that and how anyone can pick up on it pretty quickly.
Wear your usual gym clothes. Tank top or t-shirt, sweats, and some decent sneakers that can handle varied directions. Bring a lot of water and possibly a towel.

I highly recommend it :).

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7/9/10 10:33 A

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We definitely have people of all ages and sizes in our class. I love it because the class is really casual but high energy.

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7/3/10 2:05 A

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I attended my first ZUMBA class this week. I wasn't sure what to expect. I asked 3 people what to expect and it was their first time also. It was an hour class. from the moment we started until the time we finished I could not stop. Yes the others were all shapes, sizes and ages. I am 53 and the lady next to me was probably in her 60s plus. Beautiful. They say if you don't use it you lose it and I want to keep mine as long as possible.

I love latin music. It was not like exercising it was just like being at a party and moving to the beat. It was pure pleasure. I personally love seeing bigger people because I am one and I applaud anyone that is out and about showing the world that they are proud of themselves and taking care of themselves. Go Girl, have lots of fun! emoticon

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6/17/10 6:53 P

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Yesterday was my first Zumba class and I was very nervous because I have no coordination and have never been able to do two things at once. But, Iím glad I decided to attend. It was so much fun. I did mess up a lot but no one even noticed or seemed to care. They were all too busy doing their own thing. Plus I was too busy laughing at myself and exercising. There was a lot of people there too Ė women of all shapes, sizes and ages. It was awesome.
I say do it!! Youíll exercise and laugh a lot that in itself is worth it! Iím going back today for round two!
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6/16/10 2:09 P

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go for it! :) all shapes and sizes in my class, and we laugh, but it's because we're having fun, not at each other!

our instructor shows us modified versions of the steps...she actually now uses them because she's pregnant. haha! but she's said that if you can't get a step or aren't capable of specific things, just dance however you want, as long as you're moving!

i personally don't like to wear long pants because i've been known to trip on them, so i wear capris or crop pants...but that's just me. i always try to wear breathable clothes, though, because i get really sweaty in zumba class!

"Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but backwards and in high heels!"
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6/14/10 2:02 A

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I've been going to classes for over a year. No one laughs at anyone. Everyone's there to have a good time and exercise. Everyone's bodies are different. All sorts of people come to the class, though. When you exercise, you are there for you, and no one else. People wear all kinds of things. Wear whatever you feel is comfortable to move around in. All ages go, from teenagers to women in their 60s+ as able.
If you have trouble, always remember that you can modify, but don't stop moving! My instructor always shows modifications if people are getting tired. It will be a little tricky at first since you won't know the movements to all of the songs. Give it a few tries, though. You'll catch on! It's so much fun, and a great workout. People in the class are usually friendly and doing the same thing as you!

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6/13/10 3:52 P

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Don't worry about what you look like - how big or what clothes you wear. Honestly - I thought the same thing as you and I worried for nothing. When I got to my first class I saw women my age (upper 40's) and women my size and bigger (size 18-20) and women in baggy pants and oversize t-shirts. Not a problem. Everyone just does their thing as they can and no one judges you at all. You are all there for a common thing - exercise while having fun. That's what its all about. I have been doing it for 10 months now and have dropped 3 dress sizes and lost weight but still wear my baggy stuff - but have made some awesome Zumba friends, fat and thin, younger and old than me. Its just plain simple fun. So go get Zumba-ring!!!

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6/7/10 10:10 A

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I have people in my classes in all shapes and sizes. As the instructor, I'm SO happy when I see people who are out there making a different for their own health. Nobody will laugh at you...because they won't have time to watch you. :) Go on out there and have some fun!

Sandy

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I do not go to live classes, but I do work out in my living room 5-6 days a week. I love Zumba! I had the same issues that you do, with motivation and getting bored easily with other workouts. I've been doing Zumba now for over 2 months and can't wait to get home to do another workout. I can't say how live classes would be...but I'm sure you can do it and that you will love it too! Good Luck and get Zumbaing!!

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6/7/10 9:32 A

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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 flexible and super skinny? Do you think it would be a good exercise for me? My gym has live classes that are free for me to go to and I want to try it out...if I do, any suggestions on what to wear?

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