How fit do you need to be for Zumba?

(60 Posts)
plaingirly Fri 16-Nov-12 19:11:45

I have got to the point where I hate how I look and can't stand to look in the mirror.

I was thinking of going to a zumba class as there is a new one near me that doesn't have many people going yet.

It is terrifying though!

I have about 5 stones to lose and am so unfit. I couldn't even run for 2 minutes. Can't believe the state I have got myself into by 26. So sickening!

How much of a work out is zumba? Do you have to be fit to go?

Ilovecrossfit Fri 16-Nov-12 19:25:14

Dont worry and go...I wasnt fit to start with, if possible email/contact the instructor and tell her that you are a bit worried etc. OR just go before a class starts and introduce yourself...Zumba is fun, noone is judging anyone...even if they do dont even look at them twice...

Ive been to few classes, some are more intense than other...but we all started somewhere & you made the first step--you want to do something about your weight, good luck smile

MustStopOutingSelf Fri 16-Nov-12 19:29:36

I'm pretty unfit and found it ok. The only thing I would say is you have to have some co-ordination. I stopped going because I'm incapable of dancing without falling over/crashing into someone/going the wrong way and looking like a fool!

nightcat Fri 16-Nov-12 20:22:59

hijack - I am planning to try zumba - what does one wear? is yoga-wear OK or should it be something else?

fryingpanalley Fri 16-Nov-12 20:49:35

The Zumba classes I have done are basically aerobics with a bit more shimmying added in. And the fantastic thing about aerobics is that you can work really hard or you can basically bounce around at the back if you're not so fit.
Everyone has to start somewhere and no one is great at Zumba when they start, you just learn the moves as you go along! A good instructor will be pleased to have you in her class if you make an effort. Definitely go along early and explain your lack of fitness and the instructor might suggest you rest every other track, or you just do the legs not the arms (or vice versa). Have a fantastic time!
Re what to wear, doesn't really matter. Leggings/ shorts, Tshirt, trainers, sports bra. Most important is the sports bra!

nightcat Fri 16-Nov-12 21:23:29

thank you smile

HellothisisJoanie Fri 16-Nov-12 22:49:57

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cookielove Fri 16-Nov-12 22:54:38

I was really unfit when i started my aerobics class, like you i needed to loose are large amount of weight i'm half way through. I thought i was dying after the first class blush within a few weeks though i was keeping up. Any way my point is, the first hurdle is going and then to keep on going, i hear that Zumba is good fun to smile have fun.

cookielove Fri 16-Nov-12 22:55:38

HellothisisJoanie how is that helpful?? hmm

Everlong Fri 16-Nov-12 22:56:17

Oi joanie pack that in.

OP zumba is a good way to get/keep fit. It's quite fast and dancey but you soon pick it up.

You work at your own level so lack of fitness is no problem and it takes a while to pick up the steps so you can build it up slowly.

Make sure you wear good trainers though, I've seen people trying to dd it in flip flops/ converse and not realising that its quite high impact.

If you go you need to embrace the fact that you'll look like a dick grin so does everyone else though and once you've got over that its so much fun! I miss Zumba <looks down at enormous bump>

Beamur Fri 16-Nov-12 23:03:07

It's fun and you don't need to be super fit to start.
Get some decent trainers and a sport bra, other than that, wear something comfy that you can move around in.

HellothisisJoanie Fri 16-Nov-12 23:05:03

It's telling her what the solution is

Everlong Fri 16-Nov-12 23:06:40

I'm sure the OP understands why she is overweight.

Babieseverywhere Fri 16-Nov-12 23:07:21

Last year I started doing a couple of aerobic classes a week, as I needed to lose a lot of weight (way over 5 stone).

I found the warm up and earlier sections ok, I struggled as the intensity increased. I marched in place for the hardest section and the cool down and stretches at the end were fine.

A year later and a lot of running/Zumba/aerobic later I have dropped five stone and now I do all of the exercises arms and legs, putting a good effort in throughout the class.

Do what you can and every week you will get fitter and things will get easier smile

I was the biggest in the class by a mile, yet everyone was so lovely to me, go and have fun smile

You get out what you put in to Zumba, it can all be adapted to your own ability. I've found it great fun and a brilliant work out. I used to push myself really hard. Now I'm 36 wks pregnant and don't do anywhere near as much but I still go and do what I can, mainly because I enjoy it. But also to try and keep weight gain to a minimum.

Give it a try.

jools3 Fri 16-Nov-12 23:33:40

You don't need to be fit to start zumba,if you have a good instructor they go through each step and because you repeat the moves its easy to pick up. No one is looking at you ,everyone is looking at the instructor !

I started going to zumba two and a half years ago doing two classes a week then after a year added a zumba toning class using 500g weights.I have lost 20kg in that time going from 68kg to 48kgs and feel fitter than I ever have.I have also made some lovely friends.
Our instructor has some of our routines on you tube if you want to have a look ,just google tina neville zumba tauranga nz.A bit of a long way to come to a class but you can always learn the routines and do it at home.

plaingirly Sat 17-Nov-12 08:24:07

hellothisisjoannie I obviously know why I am overweight but thank you for the internet diagnosis.

Thank you everyone! I am feeling motivated to change but didn't want to jump into something that was way above my level - that would probably scare me off!
Going to dig out my trainers and get something to wear on Monday.

I just want to do something fun! I think I will be at the back of the class as I am really shy but hoping that being in such a small class will mean I can pick up the steps even if I am the biggest there!

So ready for this weight to be gone! I put so much on so quickly with medication / depression and I just want to feel like I am 26 not 96!

Everlong Sat 17-Nov-12 08:48:05

Good on you plain just go and see what it's like, I'm betting you really like it.

I go to a few different classes and there are bigger women at them all. They just get on with, it's no problem.

Good luck smile

TheDoctrineOfSnatch Sat 17-Nov-12 08:52:59

I'm not fit and I go! It's loads of fun, enjoy.

HollaAtMeBaby Sat 17-Nov-12 15:15:31

Go! You don't need to be fit at all. I would go as far as saying that Zumba is the new toning tables... you basically shuffle and shimmy from side to side while waving your arms a bit. It's not as hard a normal aerobics because at no point do you have to jump. You probably dance more energetically on a girls' night out!

Babieseverywhere Sat 17-Nov-12 15:51:51

"you basically shuffle and shimmy from side to side while waving your arms a bit"

Only if the class is crap. Our instructor includes jumping and the routine is very energetic. I wear a heart rate monitor whilst I Zumba and I burn around 625 to 700 calories in a 45 to 60 minute class. Of course a lighter person would burn less calories, therefore YMMV.

Go for it.
For me the fab thing about Zumba is that it feels like a boogie.
There are over 100 ladies (and a couple of men) at my zumba class, all ages & sizes & levels of fitness. I've been going a year now and my energy levels have increased, weight has decreased (lost 3 stone in last 3 years) plus I laugh a lot more.

I only went to zumba at first then added in some Les Mills classes.

I have never felt so good.

Most people at our classes wear leggings & t-shirts or vest tops with good trainers.

As someone said above you get out what you put in.

I've made loads of new friends too. smile

Go for it OP,the aerobic exercise and fun of dancing to music is great for fighting depression and I find taking care of myself in this way encourages me to
Eat less ~ win win!

biryani Sat 17-Nov-12 18:34:32

Zumba's great fun whatever your fitness level. Your instructor should take your circumstances into consideration anyway. No-one will be looking at you and it's not a competition, so get out there and do it!

Burns about 350 calories an hour, I think.

plaingirly Mon 19-Nov-12 07:06:54

Just watched some zumba classes clips on youtube - wow they move fast!!

plaingirly - don't make yourself panic by watching YouTube video's. Go to a class, give it a go - you'll have a great time.

valiumredhead Mon 19-Nov-12 12:46:57

joanie that's not helpful. That's the second post I have read from you today where you have just posted out of sheer nastiness. Now eff off back to your bridge, there's a dear hmm

musttidyupBeforeSantaComes Mon 19-Nov-12 14:39:29

Go go go for it! Zumba is so much fun and a bloody good work out. At my class there are the while range of sizes and abilities and a fantastic, very welcoming instructor. First class is always hard because you will spend all your time trying to follow the moves so it won't feel like you've worked v hard but give it 3 or 4 classes and you'll be hooked. Find a large ish class so you don't feel conspicuous.
Once you are exercising regularly you will feel more inclined to eat well as you don't want to undo your good work!
Have fun.

NYLuckyLady Mon 19-Nov-12 14:55:21

Are there any Zumba Gold or over 50's /beginners classes around your area during the day?
These would be a really good introduction to learning the steps, as it can be a bit demoralising when you spend the whole session just trying to learn. Then you could move up to the more energetic sessions after a couple of those.

I tried out three different places/instructors before finding one that I really liked and was at my level.
Doesn't take long to get the hang of it, I have no rhythm but still really enjoy it!

choceyes Mon 19-Nov-12 14:58:00

I do Zumba twice a week. Lost a stone, the last of the baby weight in a few months, just by doing that (and now weigh 7st 7lbs so was a big proportion of my weight).

Really depends on the class too though. My instructor works us very hard. One lady had one of those calorie burner count thingies which showed that it burned around over 600 cals in the hour long class. It is very intensive, certianly much more than any aerobics class I've gone to. Went to a zumbathon recently where my instructor, plus a few others did their routines, and our classes were definitely harder, so it does really depend.

It's loads of fun too! I look after 2 small kids all day on the days I go to Zumba and I'm totally shattered by the end of the day, but I still go cos it's so much fun!
Go and enjoy and lose weight!

MrsMelon Mon 19-Nov-12 16:29:33

Have you thought of trying spinning, it is intense but you can control your resistance, no coordination required! I come out sweating buckets.

plaingirly Mon 19-Nov-12 20:22:37

I went tonight and survived!

There were 8 of us so I didn't feel intimidated and managed to follow a few of the steps.

I had worked it up in my mind as this scary thing and thought that I would have been the worst looking, least fit and fattest.

There was another lady there who was about a 16/18 so I felt much better!

musttidyupBeforeSantaComes Mon 19-Nov-12 21:04:09

Nice one plaingirly glad you enjoyed it. Now change your name to Zumbagirly smile

UterusUterusGhouli Mon 19-Nov-12 21:27:24

I spent my whole first class laughing like a loon at my ineptitude.

Also, if your pelic floor is a bit compromised, maybe slip in a Tena Lite. blush

UterusUterusGhouli Mon 19-Nov-12 21:29:19

Wait, so you're less than a size 16 but need to lose 5 stone? confused

JennyPiccolo Mon 19-Nov-12 21:40:45

I'm a size 16 and need to lose 4 stone. I'm not particularly tall, so I suppose it is possible.

UterusUterusGhouli Mon 19-Nov-12 22:29:52

Suppose so. I'm the same tbh. I just thought if you were, say a 14 that's a lot to lose!

musttidyupBeforeSantaComes Mon 19-Nov-12 22:42:26

Love your name Uterus smile

plaingirly Tue 20-Nov-12 07:04:13

I'm 5'2! So the weight really shows plus I am almost an 18 on the bottom half.

I am going to weigh myself once a week as I don't want to get obsessed!

The nurse at the Drs office said I should lose about that much - brings me to the middle of "normal" then.

It does sound like a huge amount to lose and that is what intimidates me.

musttidyupBeforeSantaComes Tue 20-Nov-12 07:59:36

Same height as me. I was an 18 and have lost 4 stone. I wouldn't miss another if I lost one. grin

Good on you for going plaingirly - pleased you enjoyed it. We have such a giggle at ours - there is a lot of 'whooping'.

I was over 3stone over weight 2 years ago. I now have a BMI of 26 - on paper I still probably have over a stone to lose, but I have made a real effort to get fit rather than diet. Obviously I watch what i eat, but I'm not obsessive about it.

I now exercise 4 or 5 times a week and love it. Once my general fitness improved, I added other classes (toning etc) and my body shape has changed massively.

If I can do it, anyone can !!

musttidyupBeforeSantaComes Tue 20-Nov-12 09:18:18

That's true Northumberlandlass I've struggled with my weight all my life and have gone up and down. Now that I am actually happy with my body (it's all relative!) I don't think I could let myself get bigger again. I realise just how much I hated it. It's like I'm finally myself.

HaveAGoodDay Tue 20-Nov-12 12:49:34

I began Zumba classes about 18 months ago & I was & still am unfit! I went once a week and I really enjoyed it. I have it on the wii which is where I do it now as the people I use to to the class with font really go now & it's awful when I've gone on my own, talk about billy no mates! It's a shame as I really enjoyed the classes much better than at home on wii. You get out as much as you put in, I've been super lazy now for a while so need to get my ass in gear & get back into it. But I believe when I started doing Zumba classes & doing it at home in the first stages (coupled with side effects of new meds I was on) I lost around 20lb or so. I just haven't got any motivation at the moment or feel like i have any energy.

AH HaveAGoodDay - do you have to go with someone to class. I go to all my classes alone and bend the ear chat to everyone.

Part of zumba for me is making friendships & giggling! I wouldn't do it at home, alone as that just doesn't appeal to me.

If I don't go to zumba I feel lethargic.... then I don't want to go to class..Whereas my energy levels are hugely increased if I can shake my booty a few times a week (and giggle).

plaingirly Wed 21-Nov-12 07:10:10

Went to zumba again last night - bigger class! It was fun. I still can't follow the steps though. Bit of a giggle with some of the moves!

I slept really well last night too - added benefit!

Pleased you're enjoying it. You'll get the hang of the steps just in time for them to change routine.....all part of the fun! smile

Everlong Wed 21-Nov-12 09:51:48

<high fives plaingirly>

I reckon you need a new name though. Plaingirly I bet you're not smile

musttidyupBeforeSantaComes Wed 21-Nov-12 10:13:25

Yy everlong

plaingirly Wed 21-Nov-12 17:05:59

I think I am going to go to the Monday class every week. The Tuesday class was really good too ...... Shame they are on consecutive days!

Still plain! Was plain even when I was a "reasonable" weight. Just want to feel healthy and fit now!

musttidyupBeforeSantaComes Wed 21-Nov-12 17:43:00

Remember what happened to plain Jane superbrain?

plaingirly Thu 22-Nov-12 18:57:39

Can't say that I do!

lynniep Thu 22-Nov-12 19:00:19

I have done 5 different zumba classes in the last couple of months, and whilst the basic moves are the same, the class depends entirely on the instructor. It varies from very easy to extreme high impact! You really need to just go along and try it. The instructor at my 2nd favourite class is not a slim lady and also is of a certain age, but she's got the moves!

musttidyupBeforeSantaComes Thu 22-Nov-12 20:38:14

She turned out to be a beautiful swan grin

plaingirly Sat 24-Nov-12 16:50:14

grin Still some hope for me then!

Looking forward to Zumba on Monday!

There is also a Bokwa class nearby but that looks way harder and faster than Zumba.

musttidyupBeforeSantaComes Sat 24-Nov-12 20:30:20

Never heard of it <goes away to google>

Asterisk Sat 24-Nov-12 23:30:51

I'm also thinking of joining a Zumba class but have a couple of questions for already-shimmying ladies. Can you do it on a pay-as-you-go basis or are you obliged to sign up for going every week? I would prefer a drop-in class as I need some flexibility around work/kids. Also, is the music nice? I can't be doing with that high-energy monotonous trance stuff.

hortensemancini Sat 24-Nov-12 23:44:42

the music depends a bit on the instructor, but it's mainly bouncy Latin American/European pop music with the salsa/samba/reggaeton rhythms that form the basis of the moves. The class I go to (which is a highlight of my week!) mixes up similar chart pop with the more usual Zumba tunes, we get a bit of Shakira, Christina Aguilera, Pitbull, etc.

I really like the music - you feel like you're dancing more than doing an aerobics class.

Asterisk The classes I go to are pay as you go or pay monthly depends which suits. They are run by two lads who originally started out in gyms running zumba classes & then set up their own company & we do classes in school/ church halls etc.

The music is dance, but it certainly isn't monotonous. Its not my type at all, but I absolutely love dancing to it. Very energising!!

Give it a go. I haven't been able to make last few classes and I feel really down about it. I really go to dance my troubles away smile

For anyone who fancies trying Zumba - try different classes as some I go to are very fast & high intensity.

I do another one at the school hall near my house which is more of a community class - even an 80 year old couple at the front!

It means I can do the high intensity one one night and the lower one the following night.

The classes offered are different anywhere you go.

I second the comment about spinning getting you fit & helping weight loss but I do think you need to be fairly fit to start with.

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