Originally Posted by Jinksie
Still noticing that no one who has replied, has had the makeover they claim?
I've been doing Zumba since January 2011 and have lost 30lbs! I went from 188 in January to 157.6 as of today. Granted, I have not tried the DVDs yet and have been going to classes 3 times a week but I definitely am going to get the new Exhilirate set this weekend so I can do Zumba at home when I can't make it to the classes. I really want the DVDs so I can do Zumba toning to consistently incorporate some strength training into my routine.
The first 15-20 lbs came off pretty fast, within 3 months, losing 7-8 lbs a month. But then I hit a major plateau from April-May. In June, I decided to take a 2 week hiatus (which stretched to 4 weeks lol) from watching what I eat and from exercising to get the scale moving again. I started up again at the beginning of July and am happy to report that I've lost 4 lbs so far!! I'm praying to lose another 2-4lbs and to keep this going till the end of the year to get to my goal of 130.
Now, as far as Zumba living up to all the hype, that's up to the individual. Any and every fitness program will work if you stick with it AND watch what you eat, and eat within your calorie limit. In addition to Zumba I also (try to) do Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30 DVD twice a week. Although I love Jillian Michaels and have seen results from doing her workout DVD as well, I find it very hard to motivate myself to do her DVD because it feels like a total workout. Zumba really and honestly doesn't feel like a workout. Yes you work, you sweat and get sore but it's FUN! I never understood the concept that you have to choose something that you really enjoy in order to stick with it until my very first Zumba class earlier this year. I've been hooked ever since! The music is stuff I hear on my local radio station with lots of variety (salsa, reggaton, bachata, cumbia, hip hop belly dancing, bollywood, etc). Of course, every instructor is different so you have to go to someone that fits your style and your level. And doing the DVDs at home is going to be a different experience from going to a class. They both have advantages so you just have to see what works for you.
My advice to you? Go for it!! Go to a class and try the DVDs! If you're not ready to commit to buying the DVDs you can find Zumba routine's on youtube to try out. And most studios offer a free class if it's your first time. You have nothing to lose. If it's not for you, no big! At least you know you tried it. Hope this helps! I will for sure report back once I hit my weight loss goal with Zumba because I am confident that I will!