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11/21/10 7:06 A

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I weighed 265 when I started Zumba. No a prob at all. I just got out there and MOVED!

We also have lots of classes around here that are held in churches, schools, and community centers.

Good luck with your search!


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11/20/10 1:34 P

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The cost for Zumba classes in my area is about the same as those already stated. What I wanted to add is that we have all shapes and sizes in our class and our motto is to just move and have fun. I love to dance, but am not very coordinated. But I do it anyways! And laugh all the while (that's good for my health too). Finding the money for the classes can be a challenge, but right now it's the best way for me to lead a more healthy lifestyle. You Go Girls!

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11/19/10 3:31 P

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I have been doing Zumba for only about 2 months now and I am totally addicted. I live in Cali so our cost is a little more expensive $10.00 for most of the classes that I attend. I do have financial budget issues as well, but I feel that I need to do things for me and Zumba is fun, energetic and makes me feel wonderful!! I don't always get the dance steps either and being 216 lbs I am not the smallest by a long shot in the class, but I go for me and noone else and feel great! You will too! Just get out there and do it! emoticon

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11/18/10 1:07 P

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HAHA Rachel - I get accused of that here all the time! My thought is if it works for me, I have a responsibility t "pay it forward." So many non-active peeps in the world...and Zumba is easy and fun!

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11/18/10 10:44 A

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Snapshot you are like the poster child for Zumba...keep it up emoticon

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11/18/10 10:30 A

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Hi - Ive been "practicing Zumba" since April. I love it. I started out slow, 1-2x a week, and in September stepped it up to 4-6x a week.

My first class was at a Community Center (5/$35), and then I checked out zumba.com and found other clubs/studios in my area. At the studio, instructors offer their classes at $5-10 each (The studio though is looking into a punch card that you can buy at a discount, which will be nice). My Zumba addiction has grown strong...and I also joined 24 Hour Fitness on a 1-year term ($199) special. This allows me to attend any all- sport clubs and take classes. This was a great deal (averaged to $17/month and I take 2-3x $10 equivalent classes a week there). And then there are the ZUMBA PARTYs! I cant speak for other cities (but Im sure they have them too), but Portland has a lot of Zumba Partys where we all come together from different studios/clubs. The costs range from $8-20 for 1-2+ hour sessions. Im going to 3 parties, just in the next week and a half.

If youhave FB - Check for Zumba Parties in your area. Portland parties are at PDX Zumba. And, if you want to be my "fitness friend" - friend me at Jory Jensen.

Final thoughts -- Totally agree with what TIGGYWINKLE1 said. I still dont get all the moves right, just keep moving. Zumba is so dang liberating you just cant help but smile! Oh, and if you can find classes with a couple diff instructors thats good too because it mixes up the routine and I think it probably keeps your metabolism wondering!


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11/16/10 4:10 P

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I hope you are able to work it in and enjoy the live classes.

Free the child's potential, and you will transform him into the world.
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11/7/10 1:10 P

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I started Zumba over a year ago and I was THE heavy-weight in the class :)) I take classes 2 x a week at our community center and it costs $6 a class. The girl who takes us is great fun and there is a regular lot that go. We support and encourage each other. I have lost nearly 30 lbs. I'm not the biggest anymore - I guess when others came to see, they saw me and thought well, if she can do it, so can I. Some people pick up the steps in 3 or 4 sessions, some have been taking it for a year now and still can't get the steps right. But it does not matter, as long as you are moving, sweating and having fun, that is the main thing. You are not affecting anyone else's workout if you aren't perfect, so why worry. Just go there and think its all for you - you deserve to have fun while you exercise. This is for your life. Just make sure when you go to stretch very well afterward class when you get home. I find there is not enough stretching for me in class, so I do more at home else my calves get real tight. Have fun "Zumbering" !!!!

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11/5/10 8:46 P

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Thanks Radbunny that is what I needed to know! I will take your advice and look outside of a gym. The instructor I emailed said that $5 is what she charged per class but now she teaches at the YMCA and they may charge different.

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11/5/10 6:07 A

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My advice would be to look for a class that is given outside of a gym or club setting. I attend class that is given in the gym of a church. I found the instructor on Zumba.com. She's just as qualified as the other, just as hard and fun, but only costs me five dollars a class. She also offers the ten class punch card some others have mentions. You get ten classes for the price of eight. Cheaper than a monthly gym membership.

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11/3/10 7:50 P

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Thank you all for the words of encouragement, tips and advice! It is so appreciated!

Last night before posting on here I did go on to Zumbas website and emailed the instructor in my area but have yet to hear back from her.

I am going to suck it up and not worry about being self-conscious! I love the DVDs but feel I would benefit more in a group setting. Where cost is concerned I will not feel guilty about it and call it an x-mas gift to myself and my family... getting healthy is the best gift I can get.

A new start with Weight Watchers for 2010!

" Need to muv it to lose it"

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise man grows it under his feet.

Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose.

The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live.

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11/3/10 3:47 P

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Girlfriend, make your health a priority in your budget if AT ALL possible, because if you don't get healthier, your health will cost you way more than Zumba ever will. Your good health does not have a pricetag! YOU ARE WORTH the money to exercise, and in a fun way! Some people spend loads of money on things they don't need. You need this! Everyone should exercise.

Now, I tend to be blunt so please understand every word I type is in LOVE. I have people of all shapes and sizes in my classes, but I am the MOST proud of those who are not skinny minis who come anyway. They don't always "keep up" with everyone, but I'm so happy they are there anyway, because everyone must START where they are and take one step at a time. and so what if you don't get the steps, if you are MOVING, SWEATING, AND HAVING FUN, then you have successfully participated in a Zumba class. :)

Look for a class that does not require commitments. Check www.zumba.com for local classes. Many instructors, myself included, offer walk-in classes for a very reasonable fee, but normally you get a discount when you buy a punch card or something. Most instructors offer something like that.

On the website you can inquire about it and find out where/when/how much the classes are before you go. Try out a few instructors also to find your favorite!

GO GO GO!!! You're gonna rock!!!

Sandy

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11/3/10 3:20 P

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I agree! If you enjoy it, and that is the key to sticking with anything that's like excersise, then you do it. Many places have a 10 class card or monthly pass to make it more affordable by taking more classes. Look into that. Or use Zumba as a reward for losing. When you lose 10 pounds, plan to go to 2x a week. Another 10- buy a cute top to wear in class (but don't spend a lot since you'll eventually grow too small for it. Buy it at Marshalls or TJ Maxx, for instance, or even a nice thrift shop. Then when you get 50 off, treat yourself to 3x a week. I don't know, I'm just brainstorming here. Anyway, you deserve to be happy and if Zumba makes you happy (and it does it for me) then take classes. I bet you can thik of some ways to cut the budget so you can do that.

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11/3/10 1:21 P

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I think the better question is can you afford not to? Zumba was hard for me at first. I was trying to shed baby weight and I had never danced a day in my life. Now I am getting my certification on the 14th of this month. I remember when I stood in the back and felt so confused and maybe performed one move per song correctly. Now I am in the front, sometimes get asked to lead a routine, and know all the routines by heart. Like anything it takes time and perserverence with dedication and motivation to succeed. Don't let excuses stand in the way of your success. Don't buy your morning coffee and use the funds to go to Zumba that day instead. And in the words of my idol Tony Horton "do your best and forget the rest."

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11/3/10 12:27 P

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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.

A new start with Weight Watchers for 2010!

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The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise man grows it under his feet.

Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose.

The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live.

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