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Zumba

Enjoy fun exercise with a Latin twist!

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Zumba is a high calorie burning fitness workout that combines easy-to-follow dance steps with Latin beats.

Zumba was created by celebrity personal trainer Alberto “Beto” Perez from Cali, Colombia. The workout is currently offered through books, DVDs and Zumba fitness classes across the country. It uses interval and resistance training along with Latin dance moves to tone and shape your body.

Included with the Zumba program is a 5-Day Express Diet that will jump-start your weight loss. There are also 14 days worth of menus that will help you lose weight in the target areas of the hips, thighs and stomach.

The Zumba DVDs allow you to do the workouts at home right along with those on the screen. The DVDs are available from various retailers, but include a nutrition plan only when ordered directly from the Zumba web site.

PRO
  • Great for those who love to dance and want to workout
  • Available in DVD, book or through classes
  • Includes a nutritional plan when the book is purchased
  • DVDs ordered from the Zumba web site include nutrition plan
  • Several workouts and DVDs to choose from so that you don’t get bored
  • Has the potential to burn a lot of calories in one session
CON
  • Nutrition info only available with book or DVD sets
  • Complaints of the instructional DVD that comes with book not containing an actual workout
  • Difficult to learn dance moves if you have the book only
DIET and NUTRITION

With Zumba, if you purchase a DVD set through the Zumba web site, or the Zumba book, you will receive a diet outline with it. Unfortunately if you just purchase a DVD through other sites, that information is not included.

The weight loss plan is a 5-Day Express Diet in addition to 14 days worth of menus to help you gauge the types of foods you should be eating. Some of the recommendations for the Zumba diet plan include:

  • Eat small meals every three to four hours to keep your metabolism going (4-6 meals per day)
  • Eat more vegetables
  • Mix fruit and vegetables for variety
  • Consume more protein in the form of shakes, smoothies, dairy products, lean meats and beans
  • Eat complex carbohydrates like oatmeal and brown rice to keep you energized through workouts
EXERCISE

Exercise is the primary focus of this program since Zumba is all about the workout. A lot of emphasis is placed on how fun and exciting the Zumba workouts are. The implementation of Latin dance moves produces a high calorie burning workout that is also fun and energizing to do.

When ordering a DVD set, there is a total body transformation guide that will give recommendations on how often to do certain DVDs. Other cardio activities can easily be mixed in with the Zumba program for weight loss benefits.

An example of a week of exercise while using the Zumba workouts includes:

  • Monday: Zumba 20-Minute Express Workout
  • Tuesday: 45 minutes of walking or jogging
  • Wednesday: Zumba Fitness Cardio Party Workout
  • Thursday: 50 minutes of swimming
  • Friday: Zumba Sculpt & Tone Workout
CONCLUSION

Zumba workouts have been rapidly gaining popularity throughout the country due to their fun and their intense calorie-burning approach. Now you can engage in the workouts along with a meal plan to get in shape and lose weight. The meal plan offers the flexibility of fitting your schedule and not requiring special foods.

Choosing the Zumba program allows you to follow through the book, DVDs or order a set of DVDs. No matter what your preference, you will find Zumba to be a new fitness program that will help you get into shape. If you’re looking for a break from the normal humdrum of gym workouts, Zumba can provide the variety and excitement your workout needs.

Common Misspellings

zoomba, zummba, zuumba, soomba


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zumba workouts

Nice post. have tried Zumba before and it is really great! Definitely zumba fitness is a good exercise, and super fun as well.

posted Nov 1st, 2012 11:10 am


prairedawg

This Zumba sounds so fun and I get a way to diet too, some great tips already about mixing up fruits and vegs...can't wait to get started!

posted Sep 22nd, 2011 4:32 pm


Peter Mason

Just started but having great fun whilst getting fit.Great for all ages!
LOVE IT.

posted Apr 20th, 2011 10:58 pm


Maria

I absolutely love ZUMBA. I started it a few days ago and I can already see changes happening. Its FUN FUN FUN!!!!! Dancing is my thang;-)

posted Apr 12th, 2011 10:30 am


Kasey

I LOVE ZUMBA! I have the game for xbox 360 kinect. Ive lost a whole inch around my waist in 5 days!!!

posted Feb 23rd, 2011 3:56 pm



vanitymoreno

I have been going to Zumba for the past 2 weeks and I LOVE IT !!!!! I can already see a difference in my mid section not so flabby anymore !!! For anyone who hates to exercise, try it, it's a great form of exercise you won't want to stop .... Good Luck Everyone ...

posted Jan 18th, 2011 9:30 pm


melissa

Z.U.M.B.A is so much fun..I love it !.You are dancing the whole time and you dont even feel like you are working out !Great work out Too..

posted Jan 14th, 2011 3:49 am


Jill

I love it!! I have fun doing it at home. I like that if I'm in a hurry I can do the express and have a GREAT workout. It has changed my life.

posted Nov 13th, 2010 5:58 pm


Natalie

The DVD's suck, but the live classes make it fun and easier! I can't dance to save my life, but I like how everyone in the class is all pumped. I just do my best (And probably look like a dork) but I love how great i feel afterwards!

posted Oct 26th, 2010 6:47 pm



Shaddyanne

It's fun but really hard.

posted Oct 4th, 2010 6:38 pm


Pam

I started Zumba last January, since then I have lost 30 lbs and the inches that I have lost is amazing....example I have lost 6 inch just in my arms alone and my hips went from 42 to 36 inches..I love it!!!

posted Aug 5th, 2010 8:03 pm


DAH

I love the workouts, but the DVDs are poorly made, after only 45 days they started to skip and pause during the workouts. Couldn't get the customer service line to even answer the phone. I sent an email complaint and was told no returns or exchanges after 7 days.

posted Jul 14th, 2010 2:16 am


Alex

I started zumba about 6 months ago and it really helped me to shed the pounds.
Zumba, along with running helped me lose about 10lbs in a month

posted Jun 20th, 2010 2:19 am


Sandra

Zumba is the best! The music is fun the dances are fun. One hour flies by and you can lose up to 1000 caloriers.

posted Feb 22nd, 2010 6:12 am



AshleyBrilliant

I joined a Zumba Class on a whim in mid January and FELL IN LOVE!

At over 400 pounds, even I can keep up with most, not all-but most, of the moves. It's amazing and has helped me lose my first 15 pounds in just one month!!

I go 3 days per week!
<3

posted Feb 8th, 2010 1:37 pm


Nia

I can't believe I'm the first to write about this but Zumba is great!! I have some friends who don't really think its good Latin dancing, but they ALL agree its fun. If you don't think you can keep up or can't do it your wrong. Just like with most dancing its all about having fun. I just ordered the videos and will continue to take the classes at the local gyms because each teacher can make their own dances to the music so you don't get bored. Hope I helped!

posted Jan 7th, 2010 5:36 am



   
 

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