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1/26/12 1:03 P

I never liked spinning classes...but I loved Tae Bo in my living room. That's why I just checked out the Zumba for Wii from Blockbuster. Am going to try it tonight. Will let you know! :)

YOGAANDBIKE SparkPoints: (37,529)
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1/26/12 1:00 P

Now I kind of want to try Zumba even though I'm not a dancer.

ROSIE204 SparkPoints: (76,864)
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1/26/12 8:40 A

I have been taking Zumba classes since the beginning of the New Year. I really enjoy it a lot! I feel it changes things up from my regular routine and especially being winter, I have been limited on the activities I enjoy.

MLAN613 Posts: 19,069
1/26/12 8:03 A

I love spinning but hated Zumba. I am not a dancer type and therefore, didn't enjoy Zumba when I tried it. But I know a lot of people who love it.

YOGAANDBIKE SparkPoints: (37,529)
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1/25/12 10:48 P

Go, girl!

REDSHOES2011 SparkPoints: (0)
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1/25/12 10:44 P

Zumba and spinning classes are like running wheels we give rats in a cage.. Move alot, don't get anywhere or get free air.. In winter, a great way to spread bacteria and I don't find breathing in everyone elses smelly armpits fun either or being stuck behind a 2 meter high idiot whom doesn't get that I am 5"3 and can't see jack because of his ass..

I prefer to get outside and in all types of weather alone- workout my problems on the road.. This gives a more robust immunesystem than sitting on a bike or doing the same program time and time again like 30 other lemmings stuffed in one room.. I also get stressed at the gossip chore- they update their girlfriends and criterize everyone elses asses except their own..

I like to do my own thing on my own- and not other idiots- can take credit for my achievements in the weight room to.. I can say, used my own brains, made myself do it without company ..
Exercising is not rocket science.. Nutrition is 80% of the journey divide the last 20% s divided 10% cardio and 10% weight training = 100% effort..

If I give credit to anyone it will be Frederic Delavier- love his books, no instructors necessary almost paint by numbers instruction to hit all areas of the body....

Edited by: REDSHOES2011 at: 1/25/2012 (22:57)
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1/25/12 4:54 P

I have a guy friend who likes to watch Zumba. emoticon

YOGAANDBIKE SparkPoints: (37,529)
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1/25/12 4:48 P

I like spinning, but it works me to death! And some calories as well.

LENKA763 Posts: 2,395
5/18/11 9:59 A

there is a Zumba class going on right now at our YMCA...he instructor is an older lady( full of energy and very fun)...

The crowd are seniors to people in there 20's, 30s'

and we do have guys coming to dance with us too :) ...

you may see more guys in spinning but still I things Zumba is NOT intimidating it is just FUN

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5/18/11 9:41 A

Both of these classes are designed for all fitness levels and they are both fun and great cardio workouts, I personally prefer Spinning but my advice is try them both and see for yourself emoticon

OPTLIFE Posts: 15
5/18/11 9:36 A

I applaud women that get up and do Zumba . I watched from a distance recently at a trade show I was at and the instructor made it look like a great time. No guys would get up and do that , me neither. We don't even like to dance for the most part but I do like watching it and think its great exercise. I guess I will just continue to be boring doing running and weights but who knows maybe some day I will get in touch with my feminine side. Zumba on ladies

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5/13/11 12:58 A

I have read and heard so much about Zumba I've decided to pick up a dvd and give it a try. As someone who has no rhythm and two feet that love to meet and trip each other it is a little intimidating. My nephew used to teach a spinning class; just his description of it made me want to give it a miss.
Spark On!

LENKA763 Posts: 2,395
5/13/11 12:27 A

I have taken pretty much all of the classes that are on my YMCA schedule

I love spinning ( the intensity of the class is driven by the instructor) i feel that with some I get my behind kicked ,a in some I get a good workout ,but ultimately is up to you what you put into it.

Zumba is very fun class, again It varies for instructor to instructor, but with both they always gives you a modification so can make do it on your own level..

be aware that maybe you may not like is much the first time or just love it like crazy...just go and try...

JANIEWWJD SparkPoints: (589,274)
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5/12/11 11:23 P

I've never tried either of them, but I would love to try spinning. emoticon

5/12/11 11:10 P

I love spinning, as long as the music is good. I was in a class once where the instructor played my least favorite song EVER right at the beginning, and then I couldn't get motivated.

I have never tried zumba.

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5/12/11 10:17 P

Zumba is amazing and a great workout. I hardly notice the time going by. With spinning, it has to be a good instructor otherwise I get really bored and the class drags on.

STRONGERLEANER SparkPoints: (172,241)
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4/28/11 9:11 P

Zumba has been great for me. So far, I've been to two Zumbathons and I've tried classes with four different instructors.

I loved Zumba with 3 of the 4 instructors. If I had originally tried Zumba with the 4th instructor, it would have probably turned me against it.

Zumba classes normally have people of all different shapes, sizes, and ages. The music is up-beat and the dancing usually has some elements of Salsa in it.

I've never tried spinning. I'll probably try it once my leg is stronger. I'm told those classes are fun but intense.

Give each a try. If you don't like the classes, maybe try the classes one more time with a different instructor.

The Y normally gives an explanation of what each class involves. Read over the descriptions and see what interests you. You're bound to find a few things you really like. If not, there are always cardio machines to try.

Have fun!

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4/28/11 8:56 P

Love. Spinning! Just started a few weeks ago and I am hooked!

NSMANN Posts: 981
4/28/11 8:01 P

I LOVE spinning! Take it from someone who is pathetically out of shape, you can do it -- spinning is only as hard as you make it. I love to spin but I take lots of breaks while the rest of the class keeps pedaling. I also skip the standing up parts sometimes. Do whatever you need to do to get through. Also, don't go too heavy on the resistance when you're just starting out. Pace yourself and gauge your level of exertion your first few times.

There's actually a spinning enthusiasts group here on sparkpeople -

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4/28/11 6:05 P

I love Zumba. I got started with it at the Y as well. My fist Zumba class I said I was not going back, but I did with a different instructor and LOVE it. I have taken part in a couple of Zumbathons. Spinning class I never got to try, it was alway full and I did not like those hard bike seats.

Give them both a try and see which is for you. ENJOY!

4/28/11 5:43 P

I would like to try them both also but feel a little intimidated. Maybe if I could get a friend to go with me?? I also have problems with a high heart rate and blood pressure even though I am young. Not sure how this effects the options to take either class but I know I cannot go long on the eliptical.

2/10/11 12:46 A

I attend a Zumba class and haven't been in a PE class since high school! It's a fun change from the treadmill, etc.

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2/9/11 9:41 P

LOVE it! I do the dvds on some of the days I don't have a class. It's super fun and I have a good group of women that do it with me!

KARIRDH3 Posts: 248
2/9/11 9:11 P

I've done spinning on and off for the last 5 or so years, and love it. I am new to Zumba but love it too. Both leave me dripping in sweat, YES! Both are great!

CONTESSA63 Posts: 344
2/9/11 9:08 P

i love my spin class but it sure kicks my butt. i've learned to pace myself and not try to keep up until i'm ready. and i'm improving!

OWEN2SC Posts: 644
2/9/11 2:36 P

I've tried Zumba & I love it! Sometimes I hear a song & think, this would be great to Zumba to!

BCARSON11 Posts: 16,588
2/9/11 2:28 P

Zumba and spinning are both good workouts. I do both. Spinning is just sitting on a stationary bike and peddling at different resistance levels and speeds with an instructor and music. You can work as hard as you want; and if you don't like to dance, it would be easier to catch on to.

If you like to dance, Zumba is a latin dance workout. It has fitness moves, but it is fun if you like to dance. As they say, "Zumba is a party!" (but a good cardio workout as well.)

It's always good to do different things so your body doesn't adjust to a regular exercise that is the same every day. So I think you should try both.

Like any exercise, calories burned will depend on how hard you work.

SINGERGIRL1981 Posts: 349
2/9/11 2:18 P

I have friends that do zumba! I am going to try a class tonight before I sign up. I think you should try anything at least once, maybe twice before turning it down! Have fun!

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2/9/11 1:54 P

I've tried them classes and enjoyed them. Zumba is really fun and the classes I have been to have had people of all sizes, enjoying themselves with no self-consciousness. Give it a try!

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2/9/11 1:49 P

Has anyone tried Zumba for any of the game systems to do at home? I have been thinking about it because I don't like to workout in public. Any info would be great.

-POLEDANCEGIRL- Posts: 14,826
2/4/11 1:04 P

I have done both at the Y. GREAT workouts!! I also did the bootcamp the other day. Felt GREAT!!

CEEJAY0630 Posts: 642
2/4/11 7:48 A

Tried Zumba once, liked it alot, but Bestie won't go back with me, guess I could go alone, but who wants to go alone. Spinning class was hard, my feet couldn't hardly touch the pedals, cuz I am a shorty!!!

SCHOPPEK Posts: 1,235
2/3/11 7:51 P

Zumba and spinning classes are always crowded at our gym. I'm in my 40's, and both are great workouts. Go at your own pace. It can be intimidating to try something new, but it's also exhilarating. Have fun and enjoy.

ZUMBAGRL820 Posts: 9
2/3/11 7:36 P

Zumba is a lot of fun, especially if you like to dance. You can pace yourself and do it at your own level. Every instructor has his/her own style. So try different instructors and give it a chance. I'm an instructor and it's the most fun I've had working out EVER!!!!

KEELYME Posts: 1,162
2/3/11 12:56 P

@BOOKWORM27S: A trick to getting over that fear is to sit in the back of the room where no one can see you.

I enjoy spinnng as I can zone out and torch up to 700 calories in an hour. I am too uncoordinated to do most dance classes I've tried, and have not seriously thought about trying Zumba.

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2/3/11 12:53 P

I'm trying my first Curves Zumba workout tonight. It looks like a lot of fun and I can't wait!

DHUNTER49 Posts: 3,545
2/3/11 12:45 P

i spin once a week but do zumba 3x and i really love it. It is a personal preference however the zumba classes i'm in are for all levels and they are not remotely intimidating...just a great way to fly thru an hour of working out :)

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2/3/11 12:39 P


Edited by: GRANOLAMOMMIE at: 2/3/2011 (12:42)
BOOKWORM27S SparkPoints: (0)
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2/3/11 12:27 P

I've always wanted to take a spinning class, I love my stationary bike. A little intimidated about being in a group exercise class.

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2/3/11 12:23 P

Zumba is an aerobics workout based on Latin dance moves. Spinning is an group indoor cycling class.

Even if you are an absolute beginner, you could do either class. You just need to make sure that you work at your own level. Don't feel you have to do everything that everyone else is doing. Some of those people may have been taking class for years. You go at your own pace.

If you are interested, do make sure you get to class early to let the instructor know that you are new. If you take spinning, don't just hop on a bike. The instructor needs to show you how to set up the bike. Bring a bottle of water because you will need to drink constantly to stay hydrated.

You need to bring a bottle of water to Zumba too. Sweating is good for our bodies, but a byproduct of sweating is dehydration. so, do make sure you drink plenty of water before, during and after class. Never go without water during a class thinking you can tough it out. Being dehydrated could cause you to black out. That nearly happened to me before. thought I could go through a class without water and I nearly fainted by the end.

Spinning and Zumba are both a lot of fun, but as another person mentioned, an instructor makes or breaks a class. Some are definitely better than others.

What to do ? Try them and see what you like. As I mentioned earlier, just make sure you get to class early to let the instructor know that you are new. They will show you modifications where you need them.

Spinning can be a challenge because you have to ride in and out of the saddle. Riding out of the saddle takes practice. so, if you don't feel comfortable riding out of the saddle, stay in the saddle.

Don't be afraid to try a class because you don't think you're fit enough. The reason the people taking the class are fit is because they keep taking the class.

Mostly, have fun !!!

WILEE323 Posts: 703
2/3/11 12:15 P

A lot depends on the instructor and how much effort you put in to the class. I love the social aspect of both types of classes. The secret with spin class is to set your bike up correctly (the instructor should help) and go at your own pace until you are comfortable. I've only taken one Zumba class and wasn't impressed with the instructor. It was still fun, but if I didn't have a dance background, I would've been very confused!

2/3/11 12:13 P

I haven't tried Zumba but I've heard lots of great things about it.

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2/3/11 12:08 P

I took some spinning classes last year, and decided to buy a seat cover to make it more comfortable.

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2/3/11 12:06 P

I had knee replacement in August so struggle with zumba - but I LOVE to spin. You can pretty much set your own pace by how you control your resistance settings. I find I burn a good number of calories in a short period of time with spinning!

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2/3/11 12:06 P

I have never tried Zumba but am dying to! I have friends who do it weekly and LOVE it!! Can't wait to try it. I went to a spinning class after not working out for years and was killing myself. However, the worst part of the class for me was the uncomfortable seats! I loved the areobic workout I got from the class!

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2/3/11 12:05 P

Boy oh boy, I am 51 and don't consider myself old and spinning is for any age. The great thing about spinning is you go at your own pace. You set your own resistance and can spin as fast or as slow as you want. You don't need to be in good shape to participate in any exercise as long as you know your own limits.

I have never tried Zumba and it just doesn't look like something for me but many ppl seem to enjoy it.

The most important part is to enjoy what you are doing as long as it gets your moving.

ALEBOEUF Posts: 523
2/3/11 12:02 P

Both are way to hard for me.

2/3/11 12:02 P

I tried a spinning class but it was way too difficult for me. I am over 50 so that may be part of it but this is an exercise, in my opinion, that you must be in very good shape to participate in. emoticon

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2/3/11 12:00 P

I have zumba for Wii and like it!!

BTKMJ2008 Posts: 2
2/3/11 11:54 A

I joined the YMCA in order to incorporate some regular exercise (besides P90x) and saw that there is Zumba & Spinning classes.... have any of you taken these? If so, can you tell me about them?


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