Originally Posted by graycyn
Anyway, Zumba does get you moving, so from that standpoint it works. But I'd burn as many or more calories with a good two mile walk, which takes about the same amount of time as the class does. As far as results go... those are linked to whether I keep a calorie deficit or not.
I respectfully disagree with this. I honestly cannot imagine how you could burn the same amount of calories by WALKING 2 miles as you burn in a Zumba class.
I am leaving every Zumba class drenched in sweat. I bet you could easily have an conversation while you walk 2 miles (I could, and I am a really fast walker) but I would not be able to carry a conversation during a Zumba class (I am glad to be just breathing).
And as far as the calorie deficit goes .... that applies to any weight loss method, not just to Zumba.
To the original poster: I have the full set of Zumba DVD's (I got in on eBay), the same that you get from zumba.com, but I was not all that impressed with them. Personally, I find the classes to be much more fun. We have a truly awesome instructor, she is just flying on the class and it's a challenge to keep up with her. I love the music she selects; basically, I would not change a thing. I know that I am lucky to have to an instructor whose classes I enjoy so much (on a few occasions, when she was sick or out of town, another instructor subbed and I did not like HER classes too much). Each instructor has a different style, different preferences (both in choreography as in music).
I simply love Zumba. No other cardio is so much fun.