Newest Review: ... fast, lively, really fun and you feel like you have done a proper workout at the end of the hour. Sadly despite the fact that there are 4 ... more
great if your a mexican jumping bean!
Member Name: angelraver
Advantages: gets heart rate pumping, a good cardio workout, value for money
Disadvantages: moves are a bit tricky for first timers
Ive recently just go back into excersising after the birth of my daughter, and prob like every new mother im finding this time around its hard to shed the weight. At present, my excersise regime consists of cycling and boxing which i find works great for me, but i wanted to try something a bit different to break the regime. After hearing people talking about Zumba and how great it is I wanted to see what the fuss was about!
Since being first available to purchase via TV only, Zumba seems to have taken over the world. It seems every church/community hall/gym has Zumba classes. Class prices around my area range from the cheapest being £3 for an hour-and possibly more expensive depending on where you live ect. So when i seen the dvd set available for £30 from Makro I thought it was really good value for money in the longterm, plus having it available in the comfort of my own home!
The set consists of 4 dvds which contain 6 workouts, 2 shaker sticks (which double up as a baby rattle ;) and a guide to completing the workout which i didnt bother reading as i just wanted to get to the main course!! The routines are all based on latin american dancing including salsa, calypso, ect, which makes it feel like you are having fun without the boring routines of many workouts. There is also a 20 minute express workout for days when you are pushed for time or just feeling lazy, a 20 minutes abs workout which is all done standing up, great if you suffer from back probs, and a live dvd done in front of an audience. A good choice of workouts and saves you becoming bored!
Feeling brave and slightly cocky i decided to go for the 'cardio party' workout which lasts for 55 minutes. I was probably one of those people who said to themselves 'its only dancing, how hard can it be'??? I did find the dance moves a bit tricky, and i felt like an uncle who cant dance at a wedding party. I think most people would find it a bit tricky at first, unless you are familiar with dancing.
what i did notice in this dvd all the instructors are wiry, agile, attractive skinny minnies who had obviously been doing it for a long time, and its probably my paranoia kicking in but it did make me feel rather frumpy and unfit!!
After completing the dvd you really feel like you've had a good work out, i at this point was sweating cobs which is a good thing as i felt like i had actually done something! i felt like i had to push myself on some sections of this dvd which i also liked-after all, 'no pain, no gain!'
Although i think boxing and cycling is more my thing, I still would persevere with zumba as ike with pretty much anything, you need to do it a few times before you see results and master the dance moves.
Summary: a good workout for those who want to push themselves a bit harder
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