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Ok, I'll admit it! Up until about 3 weeks ago, I was a lazy couch potato. I've never worked out a day in my life, and until I had my daughter 2 years ago, I never had to. I've never been what we call built...actually, truth be told I'm pretty soft, but I have always been slim and without an ounce of fat on me.

But then, my Baby Girl comes around and messes all that up! LOL It wasn't the same thing with my son. I went right back to the way I was after I had him, but with her, well...I now know what it's like to have those extra pounds that you really want to get rid of. Since her birth, however, I've done nothing but complain about the excess weight around my mid-section. Everywhere else is fine, but this belly is just not cool! 20 extra pounds, and it's all there! That's how my entire family seems to carry it, so why not I? And I thought I was immune to it! HA!

So, finally, getting sick and tired of hearing me whine, my husband got mad one night and told me to do something about it if I hated it so much. I was shocked at the time and quite angry at him for speaking to me in such a way, but it really got me thinking. He's right, I should get my lazy butt off the couch and do something. But what? You see, I have ZERO motivation when it comes to stuff like this. I'm not the kind of person that can go downstairs with a workout schedule and get down to it on my own. I need someone behind me kicking my rear end.

That's how I came across Zumba! Looking for something that wasn't just going to a gym, I found out that our local dance studio offers Zumba lessons twice a week. Ok, I'll admit, I was very nervous on my first day, because reading about something is not the same thing as doing it. And boy, was I surprised! I got the wind knocked right out of me, but WOW, was it fun!!! And not only that, I felt great doing it. I looked like an idiot doing the moves, but by the end I was sweating and feeling great.

Wanna know the best part of it? Not only have I gone back 3 times since, I've had more energy to do other stuff at home. I'm crossing my fingers that this will finally be the thing to get rid of those extra pounds.

How about you? Have you discovered Zumba? What are your thoughts about it?

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I have Zumba on the wii it is awesome just the 45 minute workout is crazy when I first started it I was drenched in sweat but it makes you feel healthier maybe we can go on a diet together dont really know anyone on this site just joined today!!!

I take a class on Saturdays.  It kicks my butt.  I love it.  I laugh a lot because I seem to always be a step behind.  It's so fun!!

I just got the Zumba Wii yesterday! I did bout an hour of classes and my gem said I burned 805 calories. Yay. That's the most calories from any of my at home programs. Awesome.
* hrm not gem lol

Ok, the more I hear people talk about it, the more I want Zumba on my Wii! Supposedly, it's really hard to follow! Is that true? I don't really care, it's not like anyone's going to see me doing it but me. 805 calories in one shot? AWESOME! Yep, my birthday's coming up, and guess what I'm asking for!!!!?? LOL

Zumba is so fun! It's not hard to follow. Anyone can do it!

I looooooooove Zumba! I've been doing 5 classes a week (recently down to 4, as one is canceled for April). I would STRONGLY reccomend doing in-person classes if you're comfortable with it. Making connections with your instructor and the people around you makes a WORLD of difference in staying involved with it. I've been at it for about 8 months, and its such a great workout! I use 3 different instructors, which is fantastic because they all have different moves and styles and my body never gets too used to the exercise. I used to run / strength train 3x a week and I had to push myself every rep and mile... I look forward all day long to Zumba - its just a FUN way to be in shape! There are ladies of all shapes, sizes and backgrounds in my classes and I've had such a blast getting to know them (many of them are on weightloss journeys also). One of my instructors lost over 100lbs doing Zumba, and she is AMAZING. Another one is 8 MONTHS pregnant (she's doing it under a doctor's supervision). Seriously -anyone- can do it! Every time I get tired, I look at her and think "if she can muscle it out, exercising for two, I have NO excuse!"

If you're interested, look at Zumba.com and search for/read the bios of local instructors. I'm not one myself (though I've considered getting certified...) but there are SO many great people teaching, and the classes are warm and welcoming. If you feel self-conscious, just remember - everyone else is too busy worrying about how silly they look to care :) I'd also advise giving it at least 3 classes. Once you learn the moves, its a lot easier and a much better workout!

...It's official - I'm addicted!

I've taken 1 live Zumba class... I'm not too good with these salsa moves and hope to improve and then head back to class and really shake it lol. It goes by so fast! btw I got my Zumba from walmart.com for 25.00 as opposed to 40.00
I use Zumba for the Wii and usually do a full-hour class at high or medium intensity, plus another 20-30 minute custom playlist that I put together with my favorite songs. Zumba is such a fun way to exercise. I've lost just under 20 pounds but I can feel the tone improvement in my entire body now that I'm Zumba-ing! It's such a wonderful core workout mixed into a great dance routine! Relax and enjoy - lose yourself in the music and feel the beat! You'll see results really quickly!

I must be the only person in the world who doesn't like this class.  It's just not enough for me, I can't get my heart rate up high enough.  I guess to each his own.  Not everything works for everyone.  It's great that so many people enjoy it and get so much of a benefit from it.

Despin - I would consider trying a different instructor, if that's the case. Not that you aren't completely entitled to not like Zumba, but I will say that I've tried a few classes where the instructors were compleeeetely disappointing (I felt like I was getting warmed up about the time they pulled out the cool down...) There are a lot of high-intensity classes out there that are MUCH more physically challenging! :)

Original Post by hharris9:

Despin - I would consider trying a different instructor, if that's the case. Not that you aren't completely entitled to not like Zumba, but I will say that I've tried a few classes where the instructors were compleeeetely disappointing (I felt like I was getting warmed up about the time they pulled out the cool down...) There are a lot of high-intensity classes out there that are MUCH more physically challenging! :)


Thanks, I think you're right about the variation in instructors - like any class. There is one instructor at my gym whose class is always packed and is a more demanding workout.  This one was a new instructor and she was clearly on the lower exertion end. 

Also, some things just click with us - I love step aerobics (I know some people really can't stand it) - but there are some classes that have such intricate foot work that I trip all over myself.  My favorite instructor focuses more on intensity and intervals than on fancy footwork.  Zumba probabaly requires too much coordination for me! 

Original Post by hharris9:

 but I will say that I've tried a few classes where the instructors were compleeeetely disappointing (I felt like I was getting warmed up about the time they pulled out the cool down...) There are a lot of high-intensity classes out there that are MUCH more physically challenging! :)

Exactly this.  One instructor was very low-key and didn't seem into it.  In 45 mins, I barely broke a sweat. 

A few weeks after I started her class, DH bought me Zumba for Wii so I can have fun at home if I can't make a class. I realized I needed to switch instructors when 30 mins of the Wii game had me sweating more and feeling more into it than her class!

 

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