Post # 1
So I’ve been really wanting to try Zumba – either a DVD or on the PS3 because I am NOT doing that in public! I keep hearing people say, “Oh I’ve lost 30 lbs doing it!” Or like the infomercials where people lose like 100+ lbs, but that sounds too good to be true to me! I am currently working out to lose weight anyway but could use an extra kick in the butt since I have PCOS to battle along with the 50-ish lbs I’d like to lose.
Any recommendations on a good DVD or game? Did you actually lose weight or just have fun? Other thoughts?
Post # 3
We bought it for our Wii and used it a few times. I couldn’t get into it for awhile. The footing is hard and all I really know is how to use my body, body. It looked like a lot of fun though.
Post # 4
I love Zumba. I do it because its a fun way to exercise without feeling like Im exercising. I haven’t really lost any weight, but then again, I haven’t been trying as hard as I should.
Wow, this was not really that helpful. Sorry.
Post # 5
Zumba is a really high-intensity workout. Combined with a healthy nutritional plan and other exercises, such as weight training I’d say you should lose weight. I lost 30 lb. doing Zumba 2x a week –
I will say, DVDs and live classes are quite different. The live classes push you to work your hardest, while doing a DVD you might not work nearly as hard b/c there’s nobody there to see and keep motivating you. So you might want to try and check out your local YMCA or other gyms to find Zumba classes to take with a friend (:
But also keep in mind that weight loss is also about your diet – you can’t eat crap and work out and expect to lose a lot, it’s gotta be effort from both sides. A lot of times commercials make it look like if you ONLY do this one thing, you’ll lose weight… not gonna happen lol.
Post # 6
I’m sure you can lose weight doing Zumba but you’d have to combine it with a healthy diet. I don’t mean diet like a fad, just a healthier way of eating. Weightloss is 80% diet, 20% exercise.
I have it for the Wii and it’s okay, personally, though, I prefer Just Dance (any of them). It’s more fun and seems to work with the controllers much better. I don’t know about the PS3 one, though.
Post # 7
Zumba is good, but agreed, any exercise you choose, you’ll have to pair it with good nutrition. For the Wii? Darling Husband and I like Wii Fit, Wii Sports, and EA sports active.
Post # 8
I have it for Wii. I have trouble (motivation plus frustration with the controller) getting as good of a workout as I do with my Jillian Michaels videos. I feel like in-person classes would be much much more effective, but weight loss would require both eating and exercise changes.
Post # 9
Oh definitely dieting – that’s the part I’m good at. Not really dieting, just eating the recommended caloric intake for someone my age/height/weight with my weightloss goals, etc. (MyFitnessPal app is great!) And obviously healthy choices keep me in that range, I can’t eat junk and stay in that range. I don’t know how anyone could!
I just don’t like exercising in public because I’m suuuuupppppeeeeerrrrr painfully shy and would probably never go back. Hence looking for one I can do and look like an idiot in front of Darling Husband and my dogs only. haha.
Post # 10
I did Zumba once a week but never really maintained a healthy diet, so my weight wouldn’t really go up or down, it would stay the same.
Now I do Zumba 3x a week and I also have started a healthier diet, I noticed that the pounds are just dropping.
I agree with the PP who said live classes vs game/DVD is different. I have the Zumba for the Wii but it doesn’t even come close to how awesome a live class is. There’s just something about having an actual instructor in front of you and people around you doing the same steps and just working off one another.
It is a little intimidating at first, but once you understand the basic steps, then you’ll feel more comfortable.
Post # 11
I go to the classes, about 4 to 5 times a week, trust me, no one will be starring and laughing, everyone there is not a professional and wants to have a good time. I have been doing it since Feb. and with a balanced diet I have lost 12 pounds.
Post # 12
Eating less calories than you burn = weight loss.
Zumba = burned calories.
With a limited caloric intake and zumba you can lose weight! I burn 300-500 calories an hour with zumba.
Post # 13
@Hiya_Unicorn: Lol you’re right! Everyone else is too busy concentrating on the steps to laugh at anyone who doesn’t get them! Besides…the Zumba community is cool like that, no laughing or judging in the classes.
Post # 14
@AmeliaBedelia: I’ve been wondering about Zumba too and if I lived near ya I’d totally go to a class with ya! I’ve been debating buying the Zumba for wii (I’ve seen other reviews as far as having issues with the controller), but maybe the I need to look at the just dance instead.
Post # 15
I looked like a flipping idiot doing zumba, but so did everyone else so I didn’t care! I was drenched at the end of class, it was a great workout. I liked zumba because it is really high energy, a lot of fun, and as long as you’re moving you’re working. The instructor was really good about showing us what moves we were doing & gave options for both high and low intensity, so people with injuries or who just weren’t quite there fitness wise could still participate safely.
Post # 16
Zumba was my saving grace. I HATED exercise before I started zumba. but zumba was so amazing that I went to classes 3 times a week!
I’ve got the DVDs and Wii games – they are awful in comparison. After 20 minutes on those, I quit. After an hour in a class, I could still go on! I even find that the DVD and games don’t even make me break a sweat, so I have no idea why I still quit – but I do.
The classes push you through that 20 minute barrier. They’re full of amazing women. I bet I look ridiculous when I’m in the class, but thankfully all the other girls there are just the same as me. No one is ‘amazing’ and to be honest, I spend so long working on my moves that I don’t even look at anyone else!
(and to let you in on a secret – if i do see girls who get the moves wrong, i love it. it makes me feel like i’m on the only one!!!)
Zumba got me excited about exercise. Now I do British Military Fitness and it’s incredible. My stamina increased so much doing zumba – I coudln’t imagine going doing BMF without having the zuma workouts first!
Join a class. Honestely, it’s the best thing ever.