I have been doing zumba for about 5 weeks and I agree with the other posters. Start "small" and work your way up as you learn the steps and develop more endurance.
Another tip is to take small steps with some of the moves. For example, on some of the moves, the professionals are "traveling" 3 or 4 feet to the right or left. At first, I traveled only a couple of inches to the right or left. Now, after 5 weeks, I "travel" 1-2 feet for some of the steps.
I just couldn't keep up with some of the faster steps at first. But the more I practice, the better I get at it.
"Aim for progression, not perfection." -- SP Coach Nancy
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take it easy at first--do the "maybe if you're beginning, you will do like this" moves that Beto suggests in his cute spanish accent!! LOL!! I would just do the routines but with low impact moves, keeping your arms below your head (raising your arms really brings up your HR!!) Keep your steps small and your arm movements small--and gradually increase as you build up your endurance. LISTEN TO YOUR BODY!! I used to push myself too hard in Zumba at first, because I was so into the music that I didn't pay attention to my breathing, heart-rate, etc. It's easy to over-do!!
PS-YARDWALKER is right--Don't stop moving when you're winded, just slow down-but keep moving, marching in place or something until your HR comes down!!
You may be huffing and puffing now but in a while it'll be much easier as you get more fit and lose weight. Keep moving and trying to improve the moves as time goes on, and give yourself many months to do so. You can do it and have fun at the same time.
Beth SW: 154 CW:125 Living goal: 122
WW gave me the tools and Zumba gave me the motivation and confidence to keep going. I'm happy with who I am now.
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!!!)
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.
Bento keeps saying on the DVD "Maybe in the beginning you'll move like this..." and showing the modified steps...
should I do the modified until my body/hart rate catches up? Or Just do it and stop/cool down when my heart rate says enough?? I went from GO to sit tonight.. It was just too much all of a sudden...
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