I’m almost done with my last semester of graduate classes (2 more days!!!), am recently engaged, and need some serious exercise! I’m going to try Zumba for the first time on Monday. I’m super excited since there’s a class twice a week in my town, and one near my work that I could go to on one other day of the week.
I’ve heard that Zumba is an incredible workout (a friend just told me she lost all her post-pregnancy extra weight very quickly doing zumba, which sounds attractive). My poor body is used to being more active than I’ve had time for and I can’t wait to exercise. But is 3X a week of zumba (provided I like it of course!) too much to start with? I’d be running or skiing or riding an exercise bike on other days too.
Zumba is a lot of fun! it doesn’t really feel like a workout and If you get a good teacher you can burn a lot of calories. I don’t think three days would be overdoing it since it isnt too intense on your body. I HATE running so I use Zumba as one of my cardio workouts 🙂
I find myself sometimes going 5 days a week! Zumba is such a great cardio workout, and so fun! I go with my mom & sisters and my Mother & Sister In-laws to be:) we’re all “sweating for the wedding” together. I hope your studio is as fun as ours!!!
I’m in a show at the moment, so after we close this Saturday will get back into my regular zumba routine which is 4 days a week, with 2 classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays – normal zumba class, followed by zumba toning. Wednesdays is zumba core which really works on your core (duh!) and Monday is a normal zumba class. So much fun!
I live in a REALLY small town and we only have class once a week on Wednesdays. I like it because it breaks my week up as well as my regular workouts. I totally agree with the PP about the instructor. The one that I currently have is pretty low impact. We had someone else for one of the weeks and it was really high impact. It’s a good solid hour of exercise though. Good luck!!
No two Zumba classes/instructors are alike, and some can be pretty intense especially when first starting out! I had one instructor where I thought I was going to throw up during class when I first started. That lady had way too much energy 🙂 I suggest planning on 1 (maybe 2) classes your first week or so and judging how sore you are afterwards 🙂
@Missknicole: Yes, Zumba is so much better than running IMO!! Running used to wreck my knees but I’ve been doing Zumba for almost 2 years now and so far so good- maybe since the jumping and all the other moves aren’t as repetitive as running or something.
@Creiddylad: I do Zumba – it’s my winter months workout method (when it’s too cold/dark to go outside). I love to ski on the weekends, but this gives me something to do midweek.
I am not on a schedule though. Right now my head feels feverish and my IT band is all jacked up from Zumbaing 2.5 hours a few weeks ago (I was having a lot of fun).
You can do it for free if you have decent internet! I get a bunch of Youtube Zumba videos streaming (MalloryHotMess is my fave), hook it up to the flat screen and stereo in the basement, and do them at home. I normally go barefoot as it’s carpetting. They are just videos of instructors in their classes, not real Zumba officially made videos.
@sienna76: Huh, interesting! I don’t have very good internet though– we live in a rural area and although it is supposedly high-speed wireless, it’s not compared to what I’ve used everywhere else I go.
@Creiddylad: Can you watch any YouTube videos? You could let them load up all the way (put each one in a new tab on your internet browser) then play on a low/decent quality (not all the way in HD). I usually have to get a few loading as the wifi in the basement is not as strong.
Here’s one the try: (they don’t work on Smartphones)
My mom is out in the boonies and Hughes Net doesn’t work that well, so I know what you mean.