Sunday, 5 February 2012

Zumba Fitness DVDs

This one is for the Ladies! Bootalious Zumba
For a few months I wanted to start getting into shape, I wasn’t feeling confident to exercise in public and with 2 little ones, finding excuses to exercise became very easy.
I few of my friends had mentioned going to Zumba classes, they raved about how great they felt, this really made me motivated to get fitter.

Beto Perez is the creator of Zumba Fitness. Zumba actually is an aerobic dance, the choreography incorporates a mixture of Latin dance moves, influences from Meregue, Salsa, Samba, Mambo, these have been incorporated with some modern dances, such a Hip-Hop with martial arts thrown in the mix. The music matches the dances, with slow and fast rhythms from Cumbia, Salsa, Merengue, Mambo, Flamenco, Chachacha, Reggaeton, Soca, Samba, Belly Dancing, Bhangra, Hip-Hop Music and the Tango.  

The Zumba Fitness DVD set 4 disc, included Basic & 20 minute express, Cardio party, Sculpt & Tone, Live & Flat Abs. Toning sticks and the Total-Body Transformation Guide!

Prior to having these DVD's I knew nothing about Zumba, I had never participated in a class, I hadn't a clue what to expect. Thankfully the total-body transformation guide is packed with all the information a beginner needs. A little insight into the guide, its has the usual introduction blur, what is Zumba, motivation talk, training tips and a 10 day diet plan.
There is a chapter Groovin' and Movin' - Its an introduction and a soft way in to getting into the Latin groove of Zumba, learning the moves, in a slow technical way over 7 days, Working out to Zumba Basic & Zumba 20 Minute express DVD's. I found this learning method fun & easy, it definitely helped, rather then being thrown into the deep end, most of the moves can be learnt in 3 easy breakdown steps. After the first week I felt comfortable with the moves, I hadn't nailed them but, I understood how to dance them and got in the Latin groove with the music.

Day 1 Zumba Basic
Day 2 Zumba Basic
Day 3 Zumba 20 minute express
Day 4 Free day
Day 5 Zumba 20 minute express
Day 6 Free day
Day 7 Zumba 20 minute express

Also, there is a 10 day accelerated fat loss programme. It says to lose a dress size! Using the other DVDs, the workouts are slightly faster, as each day went by, I actually felt, fitter keeping up with the routines and the routine became easier. I got to rotate the DVDs so it didn't get boring doing the same exercises everyday, which can be important if you like to mix things up. I lost 4lbs and not a dress size. I was fairly disappointed with these results.
I received my Hotpants and decided to continuing training while wearing them.
Another programme to follow is Get Super-Sculpted, it definitely gets the heart rate pumping, the cardio routines are faster, some funky, with new moves and lots of booty shaking.

Get Super-Sculpted Day 10 routine

Day 1 Zumba Sculpt & Tone
Day 2 20 minute Express
Day 3 Zumba Sculpt & Tone
Day 4 Free day
Day 5 Zumba Sculpt & Tone
Day 6 20 minute express
Day 7 Zumba Sculpt & Tone
Day 8 Free day
Day 9 Zumba Sculpt & Tone
Day 10 20 minute express

I tried to stick to this routine, however I may had skipped an odd day here are there. My fitness levels were increasing.

I was feeling very confident in the routines. I had step it up. So I changed my routine to the harder cardio workouts. I started doing this programme followed by flat abs as an add-on. 

Day 1 Zumba Cardio Party followed by Zumba Abs
Day 2 Zumba Sculpt & Tone followed by Zumba Abs
Day 3 Zumba Cardio Party followed by Zumba Abs
Day 4 Zumba Abs
Day 5 Zumba Cardio Party followed by Zumba Abs
Day 6 Zumba Sculpt & Tone followed by Zumba Abs
Day 7 Zumba Cardio Party followed by Zumba Abs
Day 8 Free day
Day 9 Zumba Live 

I found that doing Zumba Live felt very energetic, a bit like an Aerobic routine, so I tried to do this more and follow it was the Abs routine. I wanted to focus on my problem area. The abs workout last only 20 minutes but as an add-on the workout could last upto 80 minutes. Wearing Hotpants, the sweat would just pouring off me, by the bucket full! I loved the flat abs, which really worked my problem area, if for any reason I would be short of time, I just do the flat abs.

In 28 days I lost 9lbs, 4 inches from my waist (I have a waist! Yay) and 3.5 inches off my hips! And most of all I found it fun...
I've had a long break from my Zumba DVD's but I think its time to blow off the dust and give them another go! If you haven't got time to go to the gym, maybe its not affordable, or you are not confident to exercise in public, I say give Zumba a go. You don't have be a dancer or even like Latin music, if you do its a bonus.
Zumba is a favourite of mine now, I've even been to a few classes, where I feel I've 2 left feet, but most I can keep up with the routines without falling over!

I'm going to give this workout 5 out of 5 stars; there are so many exercise DVDs on the market but this one had kept of attention! Well done ;)
Currently the sale price is £49.99 however the Amazon have it on sale (as of 6/2/12) at £29.99