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Let's Zumba! Ask your questions of Beto, the founder of Zumba - chance to win one of ten Zumba DVDs! ANSWERS BACK.

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AngelieMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 04-Dec-15 17:02:02

You’ve heard of Zumba®. Now you can experience it at home with Zumba® being released on DVD and Digital Download on 7th December! To celebrate we have an exclusive Q&A with the creator of Zumba® himself, Beto Perez.

DVD available to order now here.

The team at Zumba say "Beto is the creative genius behind the Zumba® programme, the fitness formula that has revolutionised the way millions of people think of exercise. It’s fun, effective and best of all? Made for everyone! People from all around the world have joined the fat-burning dance fitness party and achieved amazing results - and now it’s your turn! In the new Zumba DVD, Beto takes you through the essential moves to get you dancing yourself into shape!

Beto began as a fitness instructor in his home city of Cali, Colombia, and upon arriving to teach class one day realised he had left his traditional aerobics music at home. In a moment of spontaneity, he unpacked his personal salsa and merengue tapes from his backpack, popped them into the sound system and taught his first Zumba® class. After a successful career as a trainer and choreographer in Colombia, Beto made the big move to the United States in search of the American Dream.

After several months, his talent and magnetism landed him a job as an instructor at a prestigious local health club. And with his catchy, easy-to-follow choreography, Beto’s class became the most popular at the gym. In 2001, his innovative style caught the attention of two entrepreneurs: Alberto Perlman and Alberto Aghion. Instinctively seeing enormous business potential, they wasted no time in teaming up with Beto to create Zumba Fitness, LLC".

Post your questions to Beto on this thread by 11th December and we will send 20 questions over to him for him to respond to. We will then post a link to his responses on the thread on w/c 14 December.

Everyone who submits a question will be entered into a prize draw where 10 MNers will receive a Zumba DVD!

thanks and good luck!

IamtheZombie Fri 04-Dec-15 23:30:38

Let's Zombie? shock confused

HeadDreamer Sat 05-Dec-15 06:36:47

I have been to Zumba classes in the gym. I find them too easy on the cardio side. My question is, can it be as good in improving or maintaining cardio fitness compared to classes that I felt I worked very hard in?

InMySpareTime Sat 05-Dec-15 08:06:43

Does Zumba have to be so ruddy loud? There's a Zumba class in the hall over the road, and I can hear it at home 300 yards away, through two sets of walls and double glazing.
That's really put me off, however good the exercise is, I don't want to damage my hearing over it.

SausageSmuggler Sat 05-Dec-15 09:27:35

Ooh I do like a bit of Zumba. My question is that it works with pop/dance music but do you think it could expand further by including other genres of music? I don't mean Adele or anything but there's a few rock and indie bands that have a good beat.

OnePlanOnHouzz Sat 05-Dec-15 09:28:53

The nearest I've got to Zumba so far is watching that crazy advert for glasses where the Zumba lady is on the stage infront of all the oldies !! Looks a scream !! I live miles away from the nearest town. So I might have to Zumba around the lounge on my own ! shock

Queenbean Sat 05-Dec-15 11:46:02

I love Zumba! <<waves>>

I used to teach dance and now really enjoy Zumba, but have noticed that some people struggle with the timings for basic steps / using opposite arms to legs. Would it be worth doing a real basics at the start of the DVD - ie, how to do the basic steps, some tips about moving hips / using opposites etc?

Also would you bring out different levels of difficulty - a more advanced one could have more dance steps but in the Zumba format of repetition.

Keep up the good work, I love Zumba!

hermancakedestroyer Sat 05-Dec-15 13:10:36

I tried a Zumba class once and felt quite embarrassed at dancing around in front of strangers. I would really welcome the chance to do a fat burning workout in the comfort of my own home and I know my children would too!

confusedandemployed Sat 05-Dec-15 13:15:29

I second Queenbean's suggestion of Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced DVDs. I did my Zumba licence training 4 years ago and I love it! But I too can find some classes a bit low impact for my liking.

My question is - will there be another ZIN conference in the UK soon?

Jinglebells99 Sat 05-Dec-15 13:53:27

I've been going to Zumba now for a number of years, and just returning after a break of 6 months. How many Zumba classes would I need to do a week in order to improve my fitness and lose weight? I'm thinking the DVD could help with this.

CherryPicking Sat 05-Dec-15 14:14:00

Could someone on your team please write a Zumba song that doesn't give people earworm? Thanks in advance

vanillavelvet Sat 05-Dec-15 14:22:08

I love Zumba! I'd like to know if there are any tricks or techniques to looking as good as the instructors do when I'm dancing? Or is it something that either comes naturally, or not?

Roseformeplease Sat 05-Dec-15 17:22:19

It is good cardio but how can Zumba also be a proper workout for the whole body?

CopperPan Sat 05-Dec-15 18:41:57

I'm looking forward to getting fit again after a hysterectomy. My doctors have told me I will need to wait six weeks before I do any sports or exercise. Will it be fine to start going to classes by then, or should I wait a little longer?

purplepandas Sat 05-Dec-15 19:53:31

How old would children need to be before starting zumba? I have a six year old, could she attempt it?

RozTheSchnoz Sat 05-Dec-15 21:03:10

I've been doing Zumba classes for a few years now. I like it but it no longer leaves me out of breath and/ or sweaty like running or other fitness classes do... What can I do to make it more challenging for myself??

redexpat Sat 05-Dec-15 21:58:01

Beto, how exactly did you feel that day when you realised you forgot your tapes?

Did you ever imagine that it would become so big and spread to so many countries?

What was the moment where you thought - Im onto something here.

SinisterBumFacedCat Sat 05-Dec-15 23:54:21

I'd like to try Zumba but as an out of shape asthmatic I am a bit embarrassed about having to stop to catch my breath. How intensive are classes? Is it acceptable to pause for a moment during the class then carry on once recovered? I do other partner dancing but am able to recover during the odd 3 minute song, is this possible in a Zumba class?

Syncope Sun 06-Dec-15 00:11:07

How much floor space is needed when doing the DVD? I'd really like to have a go but as I'm living with family at the moment, unless I want an audience while Zumba-ing I'll have to do it in the bedroom which has limited floor space!

NewToRenting Sun 06-Dec-15 06:18:14

For a moderate regular workout, how would you recommend combining Zumba with other exercises? I mean, if I wanted a moderately active regime, would I say brisk walk 2 miles on Sunday, do an hour of Zumba on Monday, Zumba toning on Tuesday....

Borderterrierpuppy Sun 06-Dec-15 08:53:53

I love it ! Do it once or twice a week, as well as getting my heart rate up and hit I find it a brilliant mood enhancer. My Zumba instructor is stopping classes next week for Christmas so please please send me a CD smile Big Zumba Mwah !

Borderterrierpuppy Sun 06-Dec-15 08:54:25

Read hot instead of hit smile

Cocacolaandchocolate Sun 06-Dec-15 08:58:32

I too wonder if the Zumba at home kits could have difficulty levels. Also focus areas such a lower Tummy or arms?

LoisWilkersonsLastNerve Sun 06-Dec-15 09:47:35

Beto, The WII Zumba version has the classes taking place in interesting places like on a yacht in Miami or a New York rooftop. Where would your perfect Zumba class location be?

Lois fsmile

sealight123 Sun 06-Dec-15 11:36:32

Truthfully, I have never Zumba'd (Is that the correct term?)
It looks loads of fun but, I'm quite self-conscious with my body and my serious lack of dance skills. Is there different levels of Zumba? Beginners, Intermediate, Experts?

WinterBabyof89 Sun 06-Dec-15 16:59:29

I get plenty of cardio atm, but I am looking to gain muscle mass - will Zumba help me achieve this?
Many Thanks

WelliesAndPyjamas Sun 06-Dec-15 19:24:58

Ah, I love zumba! The secret is to just dance like no one is watching and really feel the music. Or pretend you are in a music video who, me? grin

My question - I don't know whether it is diffent in the US but in the UK zumba classes they seem to use a lot of 'Latin'/Miami pop stuff, often English language. Why not use more music from Latin AMerican artists?

donajimena Sun 06-Dec-15 19:37:42

I love zumba but sadly I think its on the wane (judging by how many classes there used to be and there are definitely fewer)
Will you be doing anything to evolve it further or renew interest? Do you have any sort of progression in mind?

Moltenpink Sun 06-Dec-15 20:06:13

I've booked my son (5) into children's zumba classes in January, what should I expect? Will all the other pupils be girls do you think?

G1veMeStrength Sun 06-Dec-15 21:49:13

I am clumsy, I'd be no good at Zumba I can't even do the grapevine thingy. However I don't mind an excercise video at home as it doesn't matter. How much room do you need and does it involve jumping up and down? I have old
Floorboards. And old knees.

Roundles Sun 06-Dec-15 21:52:21

Does all the laughing and smiling I do while i zum'b help maintain and work muscles around my face and neck, plus work my ribs and back?? smile

Wolfiefan Sun 06-Dec-15 21:52:35

I've seen people Zumba in dance shoes, bare feet and old trainers! What's the best option to avoid injury?

Also does the DVD have a tutorial section? Eg slow example of how to do salsa.

Theimpossiblegirl Sun 06-Dec-15 22:50:39

I'd love to do Zumba but don't have much in the natural rhythm department. Could I still get fit through Zumba or would it be pointless trying?

clopper Sun 06-Dec-15 22:52:04

I find it difficult to keep a rhythm so would like a beginners type of DVD for Zumba. I also find it a bit too quick. Does the choice of music used have any affect on level of difficulty I.e. Could a slightly slower tempo help a beginner like me?

CookieDoughKid Sun 06-Dec-15 22:52:18

I have done Zumba in California and it is much more intense and fast. I think the Zumba instructors there are more serious about fitness.Zumba in UK well, majority I have been to have been crap. I would like to see a 'Body attack'/Insanity version of Zumba for the more fitter peeps like me. I can cope with more complicated dance steps so a dedicated class would be welcome. Ive been to a couple in London but outside London it's almost non existent.. I don't feel the really fit instructors take Zumba seriously which is a shame as I really enjoy it.

FluffyNinja Mon 07-Dec-15 08:27:52

I'm completely unfit.
Would doing a Zumba DVD at home be a sensible starting point or should I try to find a fitness class with a qualified teacher who can correct me when I go wrong be the better option?

Rollermum Mon 07-Dec-15 08:35:13

I love Zumba and used to go all the time - can't now due to pregnancy / childcare. I always felt a little too English to get fully into the whooping, however fblush

My question is: what makes a good Zumba instructor? Is it being able to dance / fitness / etc?

TaurielTest Mon 07-Dec-15 11:17:03

It's my weekly Zumba night tonight! My instructor is great. I find the steps just complicated enough to keep my mind off the fact that I'm exercising quite hard. I have had some hip and lower back issues, and as long as I am careful about engaging core muscles and posture, I find Zumba really beneficial for loosening and strengthening.

I like the routines with a bit of reggaeton or bollywood style mixed in, as well as the more classic salsa-ish ones.

Here's my question. I speak enough Spanish to recognise some lyrics, which really helps with steps when it's something like "sigue" or "vuelta" or "una vez mas". Have you ever considered adding some sort of glossary or useful word list to the zumba website, for non Spanish speakers?

Teladi Mon 07-Dec-15 11:23:17

I would also love to know about difficulty levels. Do the instructors gear it to the particular class population or is there set choreography and the classes all are the same? I have the Zumba Xbox game and also like doing routines I find on YouTube, but when I went to Zumba at my gym, all the other women there were 50+ (I am 30 and fit-ish) and the class was a lot more sedate than what I'd already tried.

sharond101 Mon 07-Dec-15 11:32:20

Is Zumba safe in pregnancy?

PetraDelphiki Mon 07-Dec-15 11:34:27

Why are so many zumba instructors incapable of staying on the right beat?

And YYYY to advanced classes with full on choreography please!

Lulabellx1 Mon 07-Dec-15 12:33:13

Do you think Zumba is OK for kids? If so, how old?

Cheesecakefactory Mon 07-Dec-15 14:29:32

I'mthinking of joining a Zumba class will it help me lose weight and what are the health benefits?

Laska5772 Mon 07-Dec-15 21:31:20

Zumba has been around for a few years now ( i used to go to classes a few years ago and loved it, however move meant that there was no longer a class near me, so a home DVD could be good to get me back into it ) ..

But giventhat it has been around a while now, what is different on this new DVD? Have you relaunched or changed the programme and routines ? If so what are the differences?

Also do you have some 'older' people on your DVD? i.e over 40? (i'm over 50! but not ready for an older persons class! ). However, the lovely ladies with the very toned abs and revealing outfits can be a bit off-putting for us normal beings..

PetraDelphiki Tue 08-Dec-15 11:21:57

Ooh I've got another...does it have to be so LOUD!!! Earplugs should not be a necessary part of my gym kit! Some instructors try to put energy into the class with too much volume!!!

Tanaqui Tue 08-Dec-15 13:28:31

I love Zumba but someone asked about how cardio it was- I do one class with an instructor from a body attack type background and it is an amazing cardio class, and one with an instructor from a dance background, which has more interesting choreography but is much less intense. I also do Zumba toning, where I am the youngest by about 20 years (and I'm 44!) but it is still a fun workout, though quite gentle. So I would say try a few till you get one you like!

user7755 Tue 08-Dec-15 16:32:32

I love Zumba! For those of you feeling self conscious, honestly there is no need at all.

I have been to two classes, the first one the teacher was hilarious, she was not glam or anything and was very rude at times, it was like being at a hen night. The second, the woman barely smiled or spoke and just went through the motions. That said I still like the fun nature of it so would carry on going if i was well enough. My sister's Zumba instructor is a glamorous south american woman and my sister says that people feel a little intimidated by her even though she is lovely.

So, my question would be:

What are the qualities you think are important in a Zumba instructor?

petalsandstars Tue 08-Dec-15 18:24:26

Is zumba safe if you've had joint issues or after spd in pregnancy?

perrita Wed 09-Dec-15 08:54:05

I love Zumba! And I'm so excited to hear you're releasing a DVD. I love to do Zumba videos from YouTube as I love to do it to pop songs. My question is, do you encourage instructors to make up their own dances within the Zumba choreography to pop songs?

MrsTrentReznor Wed 09-Dec-15 20:07:25

I love Zumba, but my heart is in rock music. I find some of the classes a little boring as the music is not always to my taste. Is there a rock offshoot? Could there be? Us old goths and metallers are interested in keeping fit too! Moshing burns a lot of calories...grin

Miffytastic Thu 10-Dec-15 11:13:00

I like the idea of a rock offshoot, one of the best classes I've been to includes a really diverse mix of music from bhangra, to tina turner, abba, 80s hip hop and that hava nagila one. I found the instructor did much more varied routines when the music was so different.

My question is how can you increase the intensity when a class is not quite as hard as you'd like it to be?

herecomesthsun Thu 10-Dec-15 12:30:24

Any chance of a sort of mellow groove 60s/ 70s rock off-shoot?

Though the temptation to sing along would be too too tempting!

It would be such a FABULOUS start to the day, moving and grooving, in my fantasy world there would be a morning class like that every day in my street...

GetKnitted Fri 11-Dec-15 23:33:19

Am I too late? My question would be which of the musical styles in zumba is Beto's favourite

rupert23 Sat 12-Dec-15 14:16:41

i really like the idea of zumba but have a knee injury and have to be a bit careful so cant go running . Do you think i would be able to do Zumba or would it be too fast and too much for my knee. I have seen it at a local fete and it looked fun

SuzCG Wed 16-Dec-15 09:27:26

I haven't plucked up the courage to try Zumba - despite my friends raving about it. It all just seems a bit too sexy and sassy for me to be doing, waving my wobbly bits around at the front of many people I don't know. Think this DVD seems a good idea - I'd be far more likely to do it in the privacy of my own home!
How would you coax me to get over my self conscious issues and take the plunge?

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 16-Dec-15 11:52:14

Thanks for all the Qs - these have all been sent off to the folks at Zumba for Beto to answer and once they are up I will add a link to this thread (where there will be a chance to win more Zumba goodies!).

In the meantime: the winners of the DVD are


Queenbean Wed 06-Jan-16 21:03:16

When can we expect the DVD to arrive please?

Cocacolaandchocolate Thu 07-Jan-16 10:46:53

have the DVDs been posted yet. Turns out my postie has been putting our parcels in our recycling box and not telling us

Queenbean Thu 07-Jan-16 14:15:51

Ann MNHQ says they're being posted this week 👍🏼

Cocacolaandchocolate Thu 07-Jan-16 15:53:47

Thanks queenbean. 👍😀

Miffytastic Sun 10-Jan-16 18:43:16

Where are the answers to this please?

Queenbean Sun 10-Jan-16 20:43:57

I received mine yesterday, thanks MNHQ flowers

SarahMMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 13-Jan-16 15:13:22

The answers are in! To find out Beto's responses to your questions and for your chance to win more Zumba goodies click here

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