30-Somethings - How many of you 30 somethings are doing Zumba???




Bean517
10-25-2012, 12:22 PM
I'm a 31 yr old stay at home mom and considering getting into the Zumba scene. Are any of you guys doing this and if so have you seen results? Do you like it? I love to dance, have fun. I used to run and walk SO BORING! I need something to keep me interested!! Any thoughts or advice?:D


Lakilaulea
10-25-2012, 12:50 PM
I'm also 31 and started doing Zumba this year. I heard so much good things about it and when I found out they had classes at the local gym, I joined. I was really self conscious at first because I CANNOT dance and I didn't wanna be the fattest/oldest person in there. Thankfully, I was neither. It was just a bunch of normal women (some with AMAZING bodies and some more like me) and maybe a guy or two. The worst part about being in that class were the mirrors!! They had mirrors on 3 of the 4 walls. The 4th wall? Yeah, that was a huge window. I made the mistake of wearing a purple t-shirt to class. About 20 minutes into it, I looked into one of the mirrors, and I swear to god, for the first 5 seconds thought I was looking at Grimace from McDonald's dancing. It took a bit for me to realize it was me, and I have never worn that shirt again LOL

It's a pretty high energy/intense workout. Good music, a high energy instructor. I'm an awkward dancer so there were a few moves I had to stop and stare at before I could try it out. I was the girl in the back of the class yelling "Oh god! Hold on! Give me a minute!" It really took the wind out of me. I sweat A LOT in that class. It's like dancing in a club for every single song with no alcohol and no dudes sneaking up behind you for some grind action. I was going religiously for a couple of months, but eventually I stopped. And it wasn't because I hated it; I just didn't have the drive. I wasn't losing as fast as I thought I would and I just completely gave up. (I didn't realize I wasn't losing because I was still eating like a sow.)

I've recently started taking Aqua Zumba. Same thing, only now you're in a pool. I think this is more my thing. Much easier on my joints, and because I'm in water, I get some of that resistance training as well.

But if you like dancing and doing something fun, Zumba is great for that. The dance moves change from class to class, so you're never doing the same thing over and over again. And it definitely gives you a workout.

westcoast rosa
10-25-2012, 03:17 PM
I attend a 1 hour Zumba class once per week and LOVE it! It is a lot of fun and a fantastic workout. I run and weight train 3-4 times per week, so it is a great addition to my workout (and a nice change of pace).

I say go for it!


ChickieChicks
10-25-2012, 03:20 PM
Looooooove Zumba. 31 here!

dstalksalot
10-26-2012, 11:23 AM
How long did it take you to become comfortable with the steps? I have danced in stage musicals but never been " clubbing" and not sure if I could even endure an entire hour without passing out.

Lakilaulea
10-26-2012, 11:57 AM
dstalksalot - You might feel like you'll pass out, but you won't :) It took me a few classes to not stop and take breaths.. It's nonstop dancing and I get winded easily. But even if you can't do the moves, you can always adjust to your level of comfort and skill.

kateleestar
10-26-2012, 01:02 PM
I love it too... and I'm 30. :) It's really easy to get into and time flys by.

OhThePlaces
10-26-2012, 01:13 PM
I'm not quite a 30-something, I'm a 28 year old mother of two. I LOVE Zumba! I try to go to 3 classes a week. There are women (and a couple of men) of ALL ages and sizes. I'm not a great dancer, but after a few classes I picked up most of the steps and it's fun! The hour goes by really quickly. :)

Bean517
10-29-2012, 12:20 PM
Thanks everyone! Definitely going to start some classes but I'll have to wait until AFTER Hurricane Sandy passes on through! After being stuck for 2 days in the house with my 2 toddlers I'll need a Zumba class ASAP!! :O)

alaskanlaughter
10-30-2012, 01:54 PM
i took my first class last weekend and really liked it...its not exactly zumba but similar and set to hip hop music...im terribly uncoordinated but i stayed in the back of the class and tried my best...it wasnt as hard as my running but it was a good workout, good change of pace...i know i wasnt doing half the moves correctly because i simply cant coordinate my arms and feet at the same time LOL but it's a 5 week course and i'll go to all of them and see if i improve any

faunaflora
11-01-2012, 09:49 AM
I am really into anything cardio dance related, I do 2 Zumba classes per week and 1 Cardio Hip Hop class at the gym I go to nowadays.

Usually instructors will do the same routines for awhile and only add in new ones here and there, so that if you go often enough you get accustomed to it and I find once you are at least vaguely familiar with what the instructor will do you can get a good workout. It's good not to get TOO comfortable, the novelty is important, but I always find when something is brand new to me I never get as good of a workout because I have to stop sometimes to watch what's going on or do the move wrong or whatever.

And the universe of possible cardio dance moves isn't infinite. You'll find that there's the same basic steps with variations used often times!

I lost ~30 lbs on cardio + weight lifting + watching what I eat (over a year period though, because I gained back some and lost some again). I have been on a Zumba/Cardio Hip Hop + watching what I eat regime for 2 weeks and did lose 4 lbs in that time. But I had been retaining water from TOM so that's not a normal jump. I'll keep reporting back whether the Zumba/Cardio Hip Hop + sort of diet is working. I've gotten busy with working and am scared of the soreness of going back to weight lifting, so that's postponed for now. :?:

Katy Did
11-02-2012, 11:02 PM
I tried Zumba this week and I already love it. I've been to two classes and had a blast both times, though I'm not very good at it!

This is the first exercise class I've attended since about 2003, so I'm very proud of myself for getting out there and doing something. In the class I attend, people seem more than comfortable with modifying the moves if they were too hard, so I felt OK doing the same thing.

It's been really fun so far!

strutter5150
11-03-2012, 12:28 AM
I'll be 35 on Sunday and I've done it. I am usually totally uncoordinated and have no rhythm and for the first time in my life, I did with Zumba! :) Don't worry about not being able to get the moves down. Everyone else is too busy getting their own footwork down to look at you! lol

I am not doing it any more because of schedule conflicts, but it was really enjoyable and I did see some results from it.

TripSwitch
11-04-2012, 09:12 AM
We have a Zumba game for Xbox kinect that is a lot of fun... And I've taken a class which was really intense... Definitely a good work out... Have fun...

Lissemo
12-05-2012, 12:19 PM
Yes, I LOVE Zumba! I have been doing it on and off for about 6 months twice a week at my lunch break at work. I have no rhythm, but I don't care.. Its fun and it is motivating! It is so nice to go to the gym and ENJOY a class. I was really nervous the first time, but I did it and love it. I used to joke that the instructor probably gets confused if she looks up at me because I am always backwards LOL.. Again, oh well.. I'M DOIN'!

FerrisW
12-05-2012, 03:58 PM
I've been using the DVDs at home (parts of them are up on youtube, I think, if you're unsure about whether you'll enjoy it and want to check it out before you go) as I'm too body conscious at the moment to exercise in public, but I adore doing it. I feel so energised afterwards and find it much easier to make it through an hour than I do with other exercise videos I've tried. I can't wait until I feel comfortable enough with my body to go to actual classes and maybe an Aqua Zumba too.

TheLauren
12-05-2012, 04:11 PM
I love it! I'm dragging my 58 yo mother to a class tonight!

SDChickie
12-08-2012, 01:41 PM
I started Zumba a couple of weeks ago. After the first class, I felt sooo good, then woke up seriously sore for two days. :) It gets better! I'm now going twice weekly to a class at a local nightclub (while it's closed, of course!). It's such a blast! Black walls and ceiling. Mirrors only behind the bar. Instructor up on stage AND on all of the video screens. Strobe lights. Killer music. Makes me think (erroneously) that I actually have a sense of rhythm! Haha! Will be doing this for a long time!

bunnabear
12-10-2012, 09:35 AM
I lost down to 145 and then fell off the wagon...hard. I'm back up to almost my highest weight ever (including being 9 months pregnant). I started Zumba (originial DVD set) 10 days ago and it is very promising. I've been doing it according to the weight loss plan that came with the set and I've actually enjoyed it. I've had more energy and actually look forward to it. Today is my off day and I'm actually struggling with not doing it, which is strange for me. I was originally very skeptical of Zumba but I am now a converted believer. It remains to be seen what happens with my weight. I'm trying to stay off of the scale for a while so I don't get discouraged.

shellsbrood
12-10-2012, 12:33 PM
I'm a Zumba Instructor (and in my late 30s), so I obviously think very highly of it. ;) :broc:

bunnabear
12-11-2012, 10:35 AM
I'm a Zumba Instructor (and in my late 30s), so I obviously think very highly of it. ;) :broc:

Shellsbrood, I'm thinking of taking some classes in addition to using the DVDs at home. When I look up clases I see a LOT of instructors in my area. Do you have any advice on what I should be looking for in an instructor or what questions I should ask? It's really hard to narrow it down. Thanks