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Zumba - Joining the Party!

by Kathi MacNaughton
(Boise, ID)

Me, after 25 pounds lost!

Me, after 25 pounds lost!

Me, after 25 pounds lost! What I looked like before Zumba

When I decided at the end of December 2009 to finally take control of my life once again and lose some weight, I joined our local YMCA, as it is just up the road and has wonderful facilities. They also offered a lot of different classes, which was especially appealing, as I don't really enjoy slogging away on a treadmill or whatnot.

When I first got the schedule, I saw something called Zumba, and in reading the description, I saw it was something like Latin hiphop that is dancing, but also fitness. Sounded interesting. To date, my favorite exercise ever was Jackie Sorenson's Aerobic Dancing, which was huge in the 80s but has since died out I believe.

I love to dance. For quite a few years, I did a lot of country line dancing, which along with karate, helped me lose 20 pounds without even trying to diet or anything else. But when I moved west to Idaho in 2005, we found that line dancing isn't that big out here.

So when I heard about Zumba Fitness, I thought it was worth trying. One session, and I was hooked. We have a fabulous teacher named Crystal who makes every Zumba class a true party. You feel such joy in shaking your booty... and I have NEVER been much of a booty shaker! :)

Bottom line... Zumba is great fun and it's also a fabulous workout. Supporters claim you can burn as much as 1000 calories per 1 hour class, depending on how much intensity you dance with. I'm guessing I'm burning around 400 or 500 calories.

I know one woman who lost 60 pounds in 4 months doing only Zumba 4 or 5 days a week. Another lost 70 pounds in a bit over 6 months. Impressive, huh?

I highly recommend you take a Zumba fitness class, if you haven't tried it before. I even got my 2 grown daughters in Texas hooked on it. Anyone can do it and the classes are very non-judgmental. You're just there to have fun (and get fit in the process). You can just Google Zumba to learn more at their official website.

And if you're too shy to go to a class, then try one of the DVD products available at their website. My daughter got them and loves them. She says it's almost like being in class!

Sorry if I sound like a commercial... I just love Zumba!

Kathi MacNaughton: Womens-Weight-Loss-Success-Stories.com

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Apr 11, 2011
Whatever you do - just try Zumba
by: Jill

I have to admit I really don't like exercise classes - I find them dreadfully boring and repetitive. But my friend talked to me about going along to a new Zumba class, and as I've always liked the idea of rhythm in movement I went along.

I think it was helpful that we started right at the beginning, whilst they were teaching the routines, but you could equally join a class that is already running - I'd recommend standing near the front though so you can at least see what you're meant to be doing.

Over 3 months we've increased the number of routines and the intensity - although you can make any routine more or less intensive depending on how you move.

The best thing for me is using the whole body in a rhythmic way [it really is a cross between aerobics and dance] - it's so much fun. Actually in the early days I actually burst out laughing during a routine when I suddenly realised that my arms and legs were happily doing the wrong things!!

The only other advice is that you might want to try more than one class as they do vary - one week when my friend couldn't attend I tried a different class nearer to my home, but didn't like it nearly as much.


Sep 29, 2010
I Love Zumba
by: Della

I just started taking Zumba classes a few months ago. They are so much fun that you don't even know you are working out.

I have been working out for more than 30 years, so I need to mix up my workouts in order for my body to continue to be challenged. I run, do Pilates, practice yoga, do strength training, and aerobics. When I heard about the Zumba classes from one of the trainers at my gym, I decided to give it a chance.

When I attended my first class, I felt a little like a fish out of water. Everyone seemed to know the steps and I tried to keep up with them. I used to be a dancing teacher a long time ago, so once I figured out the dance patterns I was able to keep up.

I try to take a Zumba class once or twice a week, depending on my schedule. I just received my Zumba DVD kit today so I will be able to do Zumba even when I can't get to the gym.

My advice - try it. You will get a great workout and you won't even know you are exercising.

Sep 07, 2010
I agree Zumba is fun
by: Anonymous

I recently discovered Zumba - its fantastic, if you are looking for something new for keeping in trim then find a class near you.

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