I do Zumba and Tae-Bo so take this for what its worth. I think Zumba is best if you prefer a more cardio, dancing experience. Start out slowly and work your way through a few times at a comfortable pace. You can either buy DVDs or try out some on YouTube or other sites. I use YouTube since its free. I have even done chair Zumba, depending on how you feel you may want to start there. Zumba can be intense so work at your own pace.
Tae-Bo can be intense, Billy Blanks has different versions so I'd suggest watching a few different styles to see what works for you. Start out slow because you will feel your body no matter which one you start out with. I would suggest only doing Tae-Bo 2-3 times a week at the outset so your body can adapt. Then work up to your pace.
Lesson? Zumba and Tae-Bo, work at your own pace and don't overdo it but have fun!
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I got DVD's for tae bo and zumba. I found out that fitness wise I'm not quite ready for tae bo but will be. As for zumba I really did enjoy doing it even though I have 2 left feet. (yeah I can laugh at myself and glad I'm not taking a class).
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I love tae bo, lol makes me feel stronger. But I agree that if you like dance then zumba, weights and strength moves would be tae bo. Can you go to your library and rent them both to see which you prefer. Good luck with your choice.
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I agree, both Zumba and Taebo are good choices. I've done both. They are very different. Zumba is more cardio. Taebo is more like a circuit training (a mix of cardio and strength training.) However, there is a Zumba Toning class that adds toning sticks (like light weight dumbbells) to their dancing. It adds a strength training dimension to the dance. Lot of fun.
I first tried doing Zumba using DVDs at home. Did not like this near as much as doing this in a Zumba studio. It was hard doing this on carpeted floor and limited space. It was easier moving around in a large studio on a hardwood dance floor. It was more fun doing this with other people. You can burn a lot of calories having fun dancing!
I have done Taebo DVDs and I love them. These are great to do at home. They are really challenging and fun workouts. You are definitely sweating by the time you finish.
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Both are good choices and would be a matter of preference. If you love to dance then I would say Zumba. I find Taebo to be more difficult so maybe start with Zumba and then try Taebo. You can also try adding weights to the walking workouts.
I've been doing a walking dvd for the past 3 months and noticed it's getting easier. I'm afraid that it'll get to the point that my body will adapt to it. I've been looking at zumba and taebo but don't know enough about either to pick a dvd that I'll enjoy doing. Any thoughts?
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