To think zumba isn't in fact the best! thing! ever!

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ShushBaby Thu 02-Jun-11 17:17:49

I mean, it's relatively fun, as exercise classes go. The bogling, for example, I quite enjoyed. But before I went for the first time last night, I was expecting some sort of exercise epiphany. People are practically evangelical about it.
But for me it was, well, an aerobics class. A big one.

And the 'ditch the workout, join the party' tagline? I'm not sure it felt like a party- more an excuse to get as many people as poss into a gym, and therefore as much cash as poss.

I'll go again. But I was really expecting a lot. And it was just... fine.

Am I missing something?

babybarrister Mon 01-Jul-13 09:48:01

toitqally depends on teacher - I also have a qualified dance teacher and it is great with no whooping.

as to the quip about it being for people who go to Thai restaurants but have no non-white friends, what a load of tosh and presumptious about the colour of the people going to zumba to boot shock. There is hardly a need for racism on a thread about sumba is there? hmm

EliotNess Mon 01-Jul-13 09:53:14

zumba is exercise for the chronically unfit isnt it?

Like when someone called aqua aerobics " fat splash"

I didnt laugh at all

Trills Mon 01-Jul-13 09:54:07

Eliot - erm no, Zumba is not for the unfit....it can be quite cardio and can be a good work out if you have a good instructor and like that sort of thing smile

exoticfruits Mon 01-Jul-13 09:57:38

Zumba is for all- suitable for all levels of fitness.

exoticfruits Mon 01-Jul-13 09:59:16

I always get fooled into old threads.

FrenchRuby Mon 01-Jul-13 10:36:17

adverbial I've not seen past threads but pole fitness is an awesome way to build up strength. I go to a class that focuses on holds and strength rather than the dance side of it (as mentioned before, I have no coordination haha!)

VeganCow Mon 01-Jul-13 10:37:26

here is a class that does not look like the forced ridiculous high energy clapping and wooping silliness I have usually seen associated with Zumba.

adverbial It was step classes when I was young. Do they still do those?

Yes that one is still going, I tried it once last year, scared the crap out of me, I fell off a couple of times, I have more chance of injury in that one. grin
Never really wanted to try pole fitness, but then I associate that with stripper poles so didn't even want to go there.
Our instructor isn't all up herself and loving her self in the mirror, she wears a mike when there's a lot of new people and does give instruction as she goes, she will also go over moves for new songs/people as needed.
Her studio is small so 20 people is about as many as she sees each day.
I always get drawn in by old threads too! <bah>

megsmouse Mon 01-Jul-13 19:51:14

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

melliebobs Mon 01-Jul-13 19:52:42

Zumba is so passé. It's all about Bokwa and Metafit at my gym. And I haven't done any of them wink

Zumba gold is the lowest impact class. suitable for those who haven't exercised in a long time or who have had injuries.
We do higher impact and really get sweaty
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LyL1ZhbsPKU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4hh0pqXyzY
We don't Whoop and cheer, but then the music is so loud you wouldn't hear the crazies doing it.

CinnamonAddict Mon 01-Jul-13 20:23:57

I don't care if it is a fad or passé, I like it.

It was the first exercise I really liked and I lost loads of weights with Zumba (from15 to 10st), by doing it 5 times a week. It definitely toned my, I didn't have any loose skin issues.
It heavily depends on the instructor, I did go to some classes where I thought it was a bit of a joke, not a workout.
After a while I found my classes and have been going for a long time. Always the same crowd, we go out for drinks occasionally and it is always a good workout (after 45mins I'm on the verge of collapse, and I'm quite fit). Took my SIL, also very fit, she could see where I burned my calories wink
Some of the classes are full of grannies, so what? As long as the instructor is good and I have enough space to move, the music is good, I don't care who is sweating next to me.

CinnamonAddict Mon 01-Jul-13 20:24:38

my -> me

CinnamonAddict Mon 01-Jul-13 20:25:52

Oh, and I don't do 45min classes, only one hour. Everything else didn't do it for me.

AlanMoore Mon 01-Jul-13 20:35:51

Totally agree it depends on the teacher. Local one is ace, she's got 20odd years as a fitness instructor so she knows what she's doing. I really enjoyed it and I hate salsa and whooping.

chipsandpeas Mon 01-Jul-13 20:52:21

i have a great instructor she gets everyone going, went to a different class and the instructor seemed as if she couldnt be arsed, its partly cos of her i keep going plus its the only real exercise i enjoy doing so happy to carry on doing it

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