I went to my first Zumba class a couple of months ago and was surprised at the range of ages and body sizes, and how easily everyone followed along. I sure didn't get every move at first but it wasn't so bad. Zumba is work, but it's a pleasure compared to trying to tolerate an hour on the treadmill or elliptical.
I've always loved Zumba. I love dancing and have good rhythm, so for me, Zumba feels like an extension of something I already love as opposed to a workout, And it has helped me lose the kilos!
4/1/2013 11:27:23 AM
if you are embarrassed easily DO NOT TAKE THIS CLASS! you will forever hate it. my own niece told me how stupid i looked. i couldn't keep up with the other people, i couldn't hear the teacher, this was my third and last class, i just walked out, red faced, embarrassed, and with a hatred of this exersize, i will never go back! i was so frustrated when i walked out i was crying! i have never gone back to the gym even though i have a membership, this is the kind of problem a lot of us beginners have. people tell us to jump in and enjoy, and we get lost frustrated and carry a hatred of the exercise, i would never tell anyone this class is fun and easy because that is a huge lie, this class is hard and frustrating!! zumba is not for a beginner, it is a class for people who have some sort of dance history.
3/26/2013 8:26:39 AM
Oh! i like these post.These post help to all people even beginner. All the details in these article but time is more important so i am says to all people who want to join zumba class please first confirm about time and Fees by the call them. Thanks.
I've noticed that Zumba classes are different for different areas/rec centers. I first took a Zumba class at my local uni -- it had a lot of new music and the instructors more or less tailored it for college-aged girls (we did have older folks and some males, though! My professor rocked it with the rest of us~~). However, a Zumba class my mum went to in rural Alaska used weights and chairs only (I'm not sure if it was even a registered Zumba class... but it was called Zumba...). Sometimes, just watching for a bit before jumping in can help as well.
Like with any exercise, you definitely need to understand what your body is doing and what you can and cannot do with it. If your knees start to hurt with Zumba, compensate by not doing as many turns and taking more steps. If you have a hard time jumping, do squats or steps. Really good instructors will give low/medium/high intensity options -- but it's also up to you to make the workout worthwhile.
Lastly, I have tried the first Zumba Wii game. Honestly, and perhaps it's just that I'm an old-school gamer, I didn't find it nearly as exciting as the class. You just shake the remote and it rewards you. If you're going to use the Wii for Zumba, think of it more as an instructional dvd than anything else and use it on non-carpeted areas. Carpet + Zumba = really bad idea.
I started Zumba in January and have lost 35 pounds! This is the first exercise I have ever enjoyed. I attend a few classes a week and LOVE it!!! I burn between 600 and 800 calories a class depending on the instructor's intensity and how hard I push myself! I now weigh 185 pounds. Half way there....35 more to go!! I am still burning this many calories because I can work harder as I get more fit!
10/25/2012 10:25:52 AM
Didn't know what Zumba is a dance party! I'm definitely interested!
I have been going to Zumba classes 2-4 times a week for about a year now and LOVE it!! I haven't been one to exercise that much, I never liked to sweat but these classes have turned all that around. I do have arthritis in my knees so I usually adapt my routines to moving in place when they are jumping around or twisting so that I don't aggravate the knees but it has helped alot. We have the most fun laughing at ourselves when we mess up but believe me you usually don't have time watching others, you are focused on the body of your instructor and trying to duplicate her moves. It is hard initially and you feel like you can never get the routines but believe me coming from someone that is overweight and almost 49 years old you can do it...I'm proof of that. We have all ages and sizes. I have lost quite a few inches from just doing this and not really trying otherwise. I just now need to continue doing this and focus on my eating and work on eating the right portions. Try Zumba you will love it!!!
I feel compelled to reply to some of the less than positive comments that have been made about Zumba. First, there is no "hype". Zumba is extremely popular because it appeals to anyone who can move their feet. You absolutely can burn UP TO 800 calories in an hour once you are familiar with the moves and are applying maximum energy. When you first start, if you are not comfortable with dancing, you may find you are fumbling around a bit, but I can assure you that once you get familiar with the moves you WILL BURN A LOT OF CALORIES! If you can't make it to a class, or if one is not offered where you are, you can find many routines on Youtube. If you want to use a DVD, go to Zumba.com. There are many DVDs available for sale there!
As with any exercise, you must be sure you are wearing the right gear, including the right shoes, and that you are moving in a way that is safe for your body. Make sure that your instructor is qualified to teach and that they understand the fundamentals of fitness.
I became a Zumba instructor last year because no other workout has ever given me so much joy, and I felt the need to share that joy with others. Zumba has changed many lives and made exercising fun for many people. Hard to find anything negative about that!
I became a Zumba instructor because it was the one fitness routine that made me genuinely happy. Now I judge how good my classes are by how big the smiles are as folks are leaving the room. :-) If you haven't already, please try a Zumba class... I pormise, you won't be disappointed!
Hello Everyone.....Well I finally found a fitness workout that I enjoy.....Had to start slowly because of charley horses in my calves, but I make sure I drink alot of electrolites before and after and have not had since. Hopefully this craze is here to stay!!!!!
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