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March 21, 2012 2:15 PM
I went to one of my first classes of Zumba last night and left a sweaty mess. I had a great time but I am trying to find out if it is good for weight loss and if anyone has had any successes with Zumba??
Edited by oshunofdreams On March 21, 2012 2:16 PM
March 21, 2012 4:53 PM
I start Zumba Kinect 2 weeks before and already lost 4 lbs! But I control what I eat and do not eat 2hr before and 2hr after workout. Usually i do 30 min intense workout or 1hr. moderate and burn about 400call per workout. But i exercise 5 times per week
March 21, 2012 4:56 PM
Zumba is dance, dance is excersise, excersise is weight loss. I do it for cardio because i love to dance rather then walk on a treadmill (most times i walk on the treadmill if im pissed off hahaha)

But yes it does work, it's great for getting rid of the inches your constantly moving it's really fun and great!
March 21, 2012 4:58 PM
no doubt about it! i jog 2 miles everyday and sweat more or just as much doing it! build some nice muscle:0)
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March 21, 2012 5:10 PM
Definitely does! I wear my heart rate monitor to Zumba and the calorie burn is incredible :)
March 21, 2012 5:11 PM
If you left a sweaty mess it was a good work out.
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March 21, 2012 5:12 PM
QUOTE:

I start Zumba Kinect 2 weeks before and already lost 4 lbs! But I control what I eat and do not eat 2hr before and 2hr after workout. Usually i do 30 min intense workout or 1hr. moderate and burn about 400call per workout. But i exercise 5 times per week


I bought Zumba Kinect after I tried the 5 minute trial... but I'm scared to play the actual game, because I thought I was going to DIE after the 5 minute trial! embarassed However, I'll work up my nerve eventually.

Seemed to me, it was so much fun while I was dancing around, I hardly noticed I was working up such a sweat... seems great for calorie burning!
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March 21, 2012 5:17 PM
they have water zumba as well one of my friends did it and she said it kicked her but worse than the floor zumba and shes lost tons doing both. I am gonna try it once the surgery is done and i am cleared. I will definatly do it at home first so i dont look like and idiot. Maybe they should teach zumba for dummies ??
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March 21, 2012 6:48 PM
I'm thinking of going to Zumba classes myself. I barely do any exercise, so I really need to get my butt into gear.
March 21, 2012 7:07 PM
Yea, its a lot of fun! my hubby dance with me all the time and today we burn a little bit more then 1000 kcall each! So , keep going! As far as more interesting!
March 21, 2012 7:10 PM
I just started Zumba but the first week I did it I lost a .5 of an inch with my normal workout routine. I find that you leave with your Calves on fire! And a women in my class has lost I think 5 inches when starting zumba I believe 4 months ago.


Keep Calm and Carry On,
Anna
Edited by ArtGeek22 On March 21, 2012 7:10 PM
March 21, 2012 7:11 PM
I love zumba! It's helped lose some weight, plus its fun fun fun!!!
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March 21, 2012 7:13 PM
QUOTE:

they have water zumba as well one of my friends did it and she said it kicked her but worse than the floor zumba and shes lost tons doing both. I am gonna try it once the surgery is done and i am cleared. I will definatly do it at home first so i dont look like and idiot. Maybe they should teach zumba for dummies ??


Oh, you won't look like an idiot if you go to class. Everyone is so fixated on the teacher they don't really notice you that much. There is a guy in my class who just has fun with it and he is really good! So I would give the class a try first. Also, if you are with the YMCA they are now teaching the Zumba Gold which is for older people and beginners with low impact moves.

Keep Calm and Carry On,
Anna
March 21, 2012 7:13 PM
Zumba is a great workout, I personally burn 600-800 calories each class. If you're not used to moderate-intense cardio or are new to working out, try to find a Zumba 101 or a Zumba Gold class to ease into it.
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March 21, 2012 7:34 PM
My YMCA had a free Zumba class tonight to my hubby and I went. It was rediculous! My legs hurt, my abs are killing me, my bra is still wet with sweat. It was and AWESOME workout! My husband and I are going to sign up for the weekly classes! Im so excited! And don't worry about looking like an idiot.....i glanced in the mirror and everyone did, but no one knew because we were all so busy looking at the instructor.
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March 22, 2012 8:20 AM
Thanks for all your input!! Nice to hear some success stories of inches lost! I agree with you all in that really the time went by super fast compared to doing the treadmill. I think I may sign up for more classes with the inspiration of all the successes plus it is nice to get a break from the normal gym routine. Thanks again from the newbie!! : )
March 22, 2012 8:35 AM
I started doing zumba on my wii at home then moved up and started Zumba at the gym 3 weeks ago..my legs are still sore from this weeks class :) I love it and it's def a great workout....
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March 22, 2012 11:28 AM
I started doing Zumba because a friend of mine lost over 60lbs just doing zumba alone and she looks awesome. I am not sure her total loss to date.
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March 22, 2012 11:29 AM
YES. I LOVE zumba! My butt/thighs have shrunk/tightened up tremendously from all that booty shakin!
March 22, 2012 11:30 AM
yes it is great! You can burn a ton of calories from it!
March 22, 2012 11:32 AM
Yes!! Zumba is a GREAT workout. The only thing I do is teach a zumba class twice a week and I have lost more than 22 pounds and i dont even know how many inchies. I also make sure i eat all my calories. and half of my excercise calories. The body needs it to keep going :)
March 22, 2012 11:35 AM
smile Zumba works for me.....I do it to stay in line not for weight loss, but I still watch what I eat and do 90 minutes of intense Zumba....and i managed to loose a few lbs for sure...Can't complain....Plus it really helps tone your body if done right :)
March 22, 2012 11:35 AM
I asked the same question myself.....this helped me a LOT

http://www.zumbacalories.com/
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March 22, 2012 11:35 AM
agreed, zumba is a great workout. I bought the DVD set and have also been to the classes. Personally, i found the classes more vigorous and motivating than the DVDs. I think it works because for most people, it's fun to do so it's easier to stick with. It definitely gets your heart rate up and gets you moving and sweating.
March 22, 2012 11:37 AM
Hell yes! Any aerobic exercise that makes you perspire profusely and you do for 1/2 an hour more is great for weight loss. And if you have fun doing it-it's more likely that you will keep it up.

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