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RAINCLOUD1996 SparkPoints: (5,907)
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8/13/12 11:40 P

Not difficult at but can be tiring.

FITWITHIN Posts: 25,863
8/13/12 11:06 P

It can be intimating the first couple of times, but like any new exercise it takes time to learn the moves. But, once you get them down it's, so much fun. I have both the dvd program and Wii. Plus, I have gone to classes.

JIACOLO SparkPoints: (553,594)
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8/13/12 9:54 P

You also have to give it more than a couple of tries. When I have a sub instructor or a new one, I always feel awkward and unsure. But with my regular instructors, I know much of the routine so I feel confident that I can get through the routine. If we all gave up activities after trying it for the first time we would never learn to master anything!

VRS8440 Posts: 4,016
8/13/12 12:22 P

Not hard at all

MARAJAKE SparkPoints: (1,776)
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8/12/12 9:08 P

My friends and I began taking Zumba at our gyms a couple of years ago a LOVED it. None of us are super coordinated, great dancers but it was fun. We've tried other Zumba teachers and they were boring and dull, so I would say it depends on the instructor.

MLAN613 Posts: 18,842
8/12/12 8:48 P

For this white girl, impossible. I tried Zumba once and hated it. I am just not coordinated and/or graceful enough to do it.

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8/12/12 12:36 P

I got the Zumba game for Wii, I'm so uncoordinated with my feet that I couldn't even get through the tutorial and had to return it. I have a good sense of rhythm for beat boxing and drumming out beats with my hands, but when it comes to moving my feet, it just doesn't work out for me. :(

Hope you have better luck with it.

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8/12/12 12:34 P

So true Ivy! No one watches others because they are so focused on themselves. And if they do watch? Who cares! Everyone was a novice at one time.

ALILOWE1 Posts: 104
8/12/12 12:25 P


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8/12/12 8:54 A

Nobody's looking at you. They're too busy trying to concentrate on following the instructor with their own un-co-ordinated selves. I've been to several classes and the instructor usually takes a couple minutes to show the steps before each song.

You may want to go a bit early next time to talk to the instructor and ask her to show you the moves. It's fun...go for it!

L1983M SparkPoints: (0)
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8/11/12 11:44 P

Not difficult at all!! its a great and fun way to get fit and lose weight. I started the beginning of July and I'm still going. Lost 27 lbs so far and still going! Good luck!

LYNN4HOPE Posts: 230
8/9/12 6:59 P

i have had Zumba for about a month now. The first week I did ripped which is 30 mins then the second week I did both ripped and rush which is 50 mins now I am on Exsilerate which is an hour. At first it was difficult but fun.

EMILYDOODLE Posts: 1,708
8/9/12 3:04 P

i have the zumba dvd's-have only done the short dvd- is alot of fun, can't do all the moves just right but oh well!


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8/9/12 1:17 P

I bought the dvd that shows the steps and I love it. I was doing only 30 minutes and already felt like I had a workdout. It is definitely fun

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8/9/12 12:44 P

Zumba is not difficult it is FUN!. The first time I was exposed to it (50 minute class) I found it was the only exercise I ever did that actually gave me and adrenaline high!!! I couldn't get enough! It was at a training seminar and I only had 3 lessons, but loved every minute. Later I bought th eDVD's and stayed with the 20 minute exercise until I developed a foot problem; that is nearly resoved and am looking forward to beginning again. Also, keep in mind it also has to do with your physical ability when you start. Like anything Start slow. If you can't keep up, just keep moving at your own pace.

HOLLY228301 Posts: 148
8/9/12 12:39 P

i have a zumba XBOX kinect game... i am wanting to try it, but am nervous to start

VRS8440 Posts: 4,016
8/9/12 10:12 A

ZUMBA is not HARD and lots of FUN. The music helps out a lot.

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8/9/12 9:05 A

@jiacolo - you'll hear from me :) I got the DVD's so i am learning the steps...can't wait for my class

ANDREAG89 SparkPoints: (27,515)
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8/8/12 9:37 P

The Zumba I've taken is more a follow-along without cues - the music serves as your cue for a certain set of steps or moves.

The most difficult part of Zumba is filling yourself up on humility before you go. :-D You really have to let go of your inhibitions and being worried about how you look. Go to have fun. Decide it doesn't matter if you turn the wrong way. Just DO!

Start with a Zumba or dance DVD from your local library and try it in the privacy of your own house. It helped me a little just to see what to expect.

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8/8/12 7:47 P

So glad you loved the class! I am super excited for you to become an instructor. I have thought about it, but at the time I just don't have the stamina for it. I look forward to hearing about your journey.

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8/8/12 4:56 P

I tried Zumba recently and I love it to the point that I would like to learn more. I was so crazy to sign up to the class to become an instructor with Erick Santana coming up in September. I would love to become a group certified instructor. There is something about zumba that you don't feel like you are working out and it gives you a great workout and you end up with this happy feeling...I am hooked!!!! A little bit afraid of the challenge ahead of me but pressing forward :)

6/17/12 11:39 P

Yes, it is structured.

The key when beginning is to remember that you're 'beginning'. I've had figure competitors and marathon runners come to my classes (I'm an instructor) and be completely worn out. It's a different type of workout. So, don't expect to have everything perfect initially. You have to train your body and muscles to get the movements correct. So, I tell all beginners to give it at least three tries with the same instructor. EVERY instructor is a little different. We stick to the formula but add our own flavor. Also, someone above mentioned that it's "the same movements" over and over. That really depends on the instructor. There's lots of variety in my classes. However, some others stick to the same movements and rhythms the entire time. So, there's lots of choices out there if you're interested in trying a class. If you love to dance and attend a Zumba® class you don't like, try another one. We're all different. There's a class out there for you.

PS. Forgot to add--Zumba® works! Combined with weight training and good nutrition, it helped me lose 80 lbs and got me completely hooked into health & fitness. I'm now a nationally certified group fitness instructor and also instruct Zumba® classes. I have a friend who lost 130 lbs through good nutrition and taking five Zumba® classes per week. I can go on and on about the results. I'm a huge skeptic and never believed claims like this on the infomercials. But, after living it, I'm a believer!

Edited by: MRSCMDAVIS at: 6/17/2012 (23:48)
6/17/12 9:41 P

Zumba is great. I have had a lot of fun doing it at home (DVD) or in a class. I don't get the moves perfectly but I move and that's what's important. that's what burns calories and gives you a great cardiovascular workout! Try it. You'll have fun! And so what if you're not perfect. No one is! Just have fun. The more you do it the better you'll get!

Also, want to tell you about my personal favorite dance workout. If you love to dance but have trouble following complex moves/steps try BODY GROOVE. You can try a full workout (30 minutes I think) for free (downloadable)! It is unlike any other dance or exercise I've ever tried.

The moves are simple and easy to follow and you can add your own flavor to it. If you go to the website you can try it for yourself. I bought it from Amazon. it's only 9.99. it's called Body Groove Delicious Dance. I can't rave more highly about it. I first found out about it because Coach Nicole reviewed in in a daily Spark blog and I tried it. At that time you could try 3 different dances, about 15 minutes of dance on the website. Now, you can try a full workout, about 30 minutes.

Dance is a great way to exercise, have fun, and enjoy your body! Keep moving!

You get a great workout, have fun, feel free, and aren't worried about getting the moves "right" because there is no right. You don't have to worry about which arm or which leg. It doesn't matter. You just move and find your GROOVE! emoticon

Edited by: RUNNERRACHEL at: 6/17/2012 (21:46)
CICELY360 Posts: 4,140
6/17/12 9:29 P

You won't get every move, but it's so much fun. Keep moving. Eventually, you'll want to do it every day.

HHB4181 SparkPoints: (83,738)
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6/17/12 8:02 P

not difficult at all. just keep moving, even if you mess up!

EMILYDOODLE Posts: 1,708
6/17/12 7:57 P

it is a little difficult the first few times getting the moves down, but after that it is a really good workout.

JORDANIE25 SparkPoints: (8,086)
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6/17/12 12:54 P

I had Zumba for the Xbox kinect, and i just felt really un-coordinated, but im sure a class/dvd is different.

MICHELLERN75 Posts: 12
6/16/12 9:13 P

I LOVE zumba!! I'm not coordinated and I look like Jim Carrey when I'm dancing but I LOVE it!! It's as hard or as easy as you want to make it for yourself. If you can just enjoy the music and cardio then you'll enjoy it. I also had to take it down a notch when I started. I couldn't keep up with the instructor. Now I'm bouncing around with the best of them!

So I say, enjoy it! Have fun with it and don't take it too seriously!

6/16/12 12:28 P

I'm very uncoordinated and clumsy and I love going to Zumba. I've been going to one at a community center since February and I still can't get all the moves down because my body just doesn't seem to want to move in certain ways. If I'm not doing exactly what the rest of the class is doing so what. I'm having fun and getting in a good workout

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6/15/12 11:46 A

The moves may take a few classes to get down, but trust me, no one is looking at you. They're trying to follow the instructor. Let her know it's your first day and ask if she can go over the steps before each song.

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6/15/12 10:39 A

I love Zumba. I started taking a class at my local community center sometime last year and I try to go about twice/week. It pumps me up. I, like you, love to dance so this was my way to get that in and it still be a workout as well. I think you should go and not worry about not keeping up. One thing that has helped me is to get behind someone or near someone that is there all the time and then I can watch their feet and it helps keep me straight on what I am doing. The class I go to is packed. It is a gym and seriously there are probably 200 ladies/some guys in there and we just have fun. Who cares if you can't get the moves are moving and that is what matters. My neighbor felt the same way but she sees it that she is getting out and moving her body instead of sitting at home watching tv or something. So go and have fun. I find myself doing some of the moves during the week at home with some music on when I have a few free minutes.

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6/15/12 9:45 A

I agree with Allison. My instructor told the class that if you can't laugh at yourself and not care about not getting the moves, then what can you laugh at in the world.

I didn't see anyone really struggling with getting the moves down. It can be fast at times- but that's what makes it fun. You can get lost and laugh.. and do some butt shaking until you catch up again.

I am really looking forward to my next zumba class next week.

ALLISONAZ SparkPoints: (27,445)
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6/15/12 12:50 A

Don't worry about coordination or doing the moves correctly! No one will be doing them right except for the instructor. Let go of any insecurities and have fun and sweat like crazy!

FITWITHIN Posts: 25,863
6/14/12 10:56 P

I have the Dvd and gone to a class. Once you learn the moves it's a lot easier, but its about having fun and enjoying yourself.

6/14/12 10:42 P

I don't know about classes, I do Zumba on the wii and at first I was getting very frustrated because I couldn't pick up on the moves half the time. BUT after doing it for a few weeks I got used to the songs, and the moves so I know what comes up next..(I LOVE it more than any other workout now) I'd imagine a class would be a lot more least for me because I need to do something multiple times before it really "clicks". I'm sure the classes always have different songs/moves so you probably never get a chance to really learn the steps..that's how I imagine it, for me at least. That's why I prefer dvd workouts honestly so I can learn at my own pace and not have to worry about people looking at me lol.

Edited by: AMBERLYNNXXO at: 6/14/2012 (22:44)
JAMIRBLAZE Posts: 1,808
6/14/12 10:18 P

I think Zumba is as difficult as you make it, in some ways. If you try to be perfect the first time out, it'll be murder. But if you just keep moving and do what you can, it can be a lot of fun and the steps will come. You'll be surprised how much you pick up and how much easier it is to do after a few classes - even new routines. And I say this as someone who cannot dance and has been know to trip over air. emoticon

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6/14/12 8:24 P

I have found that Zumba has helped me be coordinated. I haven't done any classes, just the DVD's. It took a while to get the moves down but I got them eventually! I have really bad knees, so I don't do much of the twisting and hopping but it is a million times more fun and effective than a treadmill!

The internet has the zumba videos available for *ahem* a low low price if you know where to look ;)

JIACOLO SparkPoints: (553,594)
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6/14/12 8:12 P

The philosophy of most instructors is if you move and you have fun, that is what counts. I have balance issues, but I go to class 3-4 days a week. I do love it and cannot imagine not attending Zumba classes.

LILLITO Posts: 168
6/14/12 6:54 P

i've wondered how coordinated one has to be, too.

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6/14/12 5:44 P

I tried this week. It isn't hard to keep up.. but it is a challenging cardio work out. I loved it- even though I could barely breath. Ha. I ti snow apart of my weekly class routine. I would suggest trying it at least once.

6/14/12 5:21 P

Used to Zumba twice a week last year with my daughter. had a great time. It is a wonderful cardio workout. I'm not that coordinated so I had trouble keeping up with the different steps. Just improvised when I couldn't keep up. I have bad knees too. Just skipped the squats and knee bends and replaced with quick step or jumps.

VICTORYOVERLBS SparkPoints: (4,598)
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6/14/12 4:02 P

Believe it or not, the Wii Zumba is much easier for me! I don't know why, but the actual videos do a dis-service to my knees :o(

LUANN_IN_PA Posts: 26,440
6/14/12 3:49 P

I thought the moves were easy to pick up, but I stopped because Zumba really messes with my knees!

KEEP_GOING247 Posts: 2,350
6/14/12 3:48 P

I really like zumba. There are lots of moves, granted, and as a beginner you might feel awkward doing them because it takes a couple classes to catch on but you shouldn't feel too conscious of the people around you because trust me, everyone else is busy trying to keep up too! Have fun and as the instructors always say, you just need to move.

UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
6/14/12 3:39 P

Go to your library and hire a Zumba DVD.

Yes, it's much like any other dance aerobics class. I've taken 3 kinds, and there isn't a great deal of difference.

However, with Zumba, there were only so many moves, and they just repeat it over and over. It's incredibly boring (for me). For you that might work out really well - you might struggle to learn those moves initially but there's lots of repetition for learning and once you've got them down they don't throw new moves at you!

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6/14/12 3:35 P

We have at our gym 2 different Zumba's with 2 different instructors, the one I like the best is the one where the instructor tells each move and counts and isn't confusing. The other instructor just demonstrates and points to each side to know where to move. My first ever exercise class was water aerobics, but then I moved on to Zumba and loved it. I stood in the very back because I was very self conscious, but honestly, everyone watched only the instructor. Once I started going regularly, I was able to memorize and anticipate the moves.

You should at least try it a couple times, I think it is fun and energizing and a great total body workout!

Blessings, Michelle

REDCROW9 Posts: 8
6/14/12 2:21 P

The moves not the actual workout. I want to take classes at my gym but I am so embarrassed by my complete lack of grace!

I am ridiculously uncoordinated! Is Zumba structured like other dance aerobics?
For instance, I'll find a different kind of dance DVD that looks like fun but get sooo frustrated and quit not even halfway through! It's like my body AND brain are dyslexic! Opposite arm, opposite leg? Forget it! The instructors never seem to explain the moves they just assume you already know them.

It takes at least a week of doing moves everyday for me to keep up with anyone!
I love to dance but I'm like a spastic squirrel! I can't stand steady state cardio and get most of my cardio with kettlebell anyway but I'm looking for something to do on my "rest" days.

Is there any hope for me?


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