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3/31/11 5:45 P

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I like the Zumba Gold suggestion for you, but as a 52 year old Zumba Instructor, I'd also like to say keep at it. The more you get to know the music, the easier it gets to dance the moves and know that it's important to just keep moving. Focus on footwork first, then hips, back, shoulders and arms. And always hold in the tummy! Don't worry about what you look like, no one is really watching except the instructor to be sure everyone is getting it. Ask for help right before or after class if there's time. As long as you're having fun and swaeting, that's what matters.

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WW gave me the tools and Zumba gave me the motivation and confidence to keep going. I'm happy with who I am now.






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GINLYNN913 Posts: 9
3/31/11 4:21 P

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You may want to look for a "Zumba Gold" class in your area. It's slower and the moves are explained (in regular Zumba, it's all non-verbal cueing).

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3/31/11 4:19 P

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Don't give up! The more you do it, the better you get. When I first started, I would position myself right behind the instructor so I could mirror her moves. The instructor would turn down the lights and use rope lights so people felt more comfortable. It really helps! Don't worry about everyone around you--just feel the music and move. We like to say "there are no wrong moves in Zumba--only different choreography!" I would suggest to keep watching the videos to learn the moves. I would also suggest that after class you approach the instructor and ask her to explain any moves you were having difficulty with. Zumba instructors are always happy to help. Don't know anything about the Wii system. One last thing, as far as abs, keep your core strong, ab muscles tight, and you should really feel your abs working especially when you do hip rolls. I don't do any other ab work and mine are very well defined. Just keep working at it--you will get better!

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3/26/11 12:31 A

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Hi, I have been doing my Zumba class and I felt so awkward that I wasn't sure I would come back, but then decided to give it another class. at the class I mentioned to one of the gals how long she thought it would take to get the steps. She said give yourself about 6 weeks and not to worry about each dance step they will come. I have to tell ya that is the way it went for me. I am 58 years old and there are several ladies older and 1 who is 75. Now that puts things into perspective. I bought the whole body transformation as we will travel for the summer and wanted to have my fix. I have a question. They mention a protein powder in the book and am not sure what protein powder they are referring to. Does anyone have any ideas?

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THESANEONE's Photo THESANEONE Posts: 1,223
3/6/11 10:02 P

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I agree that you must actively engage your stomach muscles. For example, when doing salsa moves, pull your tummy in to make it hard to be able to take a punch (from a friend). Squeeze them in as you squeeze up your hips when doing the dance moves and that will be working the abs. With arms, it's important to tighten the muscles with tension when extending them. Make biceps show when bending them. Lift them high and straight above your head. Bring shoulder blades together and push your chest out. Articulating body parts creates muscle tension which tones us. You will sweat more as well. Try some of these things and you'll feel more like a dancer and see your posture improve as well.

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.






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KZD2008 Posts: 232
3/6/11 3:53 P

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Congratulations! The only way I feel Zumba in my abs is when I activate my core muscles. I learned to do that through my trainer and Pilates Reformer classes. The first time I really felt my core muscles was when my trainer had me lie on my back and pretend that I was pulling my belly button through the floor. I held those muscles tight for one minute while breathing. Breathe without loosening the muscles. In fact, each time you exhale pretend like you are zippering those tight jeans (Pilates advise) and activate those muscles even more.

Have fun working those abs!

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3/6/11 2:21 P

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HI!! First of all, congrats on losing 25 pounds- emoticon !!

It is tough to be a beginner but remember that everyone is a beginner when they start. I always stand to the side so I can see the instructor and when I teach a class, I still don't like looking at myself in the mirror(self aware can translate to self conscious). I also have Zumba for Kinect and that is very fun and helpful with the steps.

If you want to practice more,use some of the youtube videos that are available and just practice when you can. Hope you fall in love with Zumba like Kristen and I did!



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3/6/11 2:13 P

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Awwww SHELZY68!!
I'm sorry you felt awkward and uncomfortable at the Zumba class!! emoticon

I understand, though--when I first started going, I felt incredibly dorky and ridiculous too!! It took me several MONTHS to feel even sort-of comfortable with the moves (and i still occaisonally feel like a dork!!! LOL!!) But I loved the music and the energy so much, that I forced myself to keep going (and hid in the back row!!). Now I'm a total Zumba addict!!! I became licensed to teach Zumba classes--just so that I can get the CDs and DVDs every month! I only teach once in awhile as a sub, but I love listening to the music as I drive, and do the DVDs at home to work out when I can't get to class at the gym!!
Give it another try!! Just continue to do the DVDs at home until you feel comfortable enough to try another class. Don't worry about getting the moves "right"--just as long as you're sweating, you are getting a good workout!! Zumba burns TONS of calories!!! About the abs--well, I don't really feel much in my abs either. Are you talking about the standing abs Zumba workout? I feel that one a LITTLE, but with regular Zumba--no, not really. I consider it to be aerobics/cardio only, and do ab work and other strength training separately.



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SHELZY68's Photo SHELZY68 Posts: 82
3/6/11 1:35 P

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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.

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 trying to do the moves, will I still get the benefit.

Have been considering getting the Zumba for Wii and wondered if that would help me improve my steps, if it has some sort of tracking on it that lets you know if you do the step correctly or not.

I tried a Zumba beginner class and was so lost that I didn't even work up a sweat at that one, so I never went back. Bad part of living in a small town, you get really embarrassed because of all the skinny people you know there that are doing it all the right way and you look ridiculous. Very discouraging.

Any help or suggestions?

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