Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Zumba Fitness DVD Review

Since I am on NutriSystem I've been exercising regularly. It's nice to incorporate something fun into the mundane treadmill, elliptical, etc routine. You trick your mind a little bit into thinking that you're not really exericising but dancing!

Zumba is an aerobic fitness program created by Miami-based dancer and choreographer Beto Perez and two entrepreneurs, Alberto Perlman and Alberto Aghion. It originated in Colombia in the 1990s and is taught by some 20,000 instructors in 35 countries.

Zumba has 12 million class participants, has sold 10 million DVDs, and is available in 110,000 locations in 125 countries. Pretty impressive, right?

Zumba Fitness offers a seven disc collection called Exhilarate. The seven discs feature:

Step by Step: Breaks down the basics of the 24 different steps viewers will use throughout the series including merengue, salsa, reggaeton, calypso, cumbia and belly dance

Activate: In this full workout for beginners, viewers will begin to harness the organic energy of the Zumba program

Ripped: Features Zumba Sentao™ and Zumba® Toning programs. Begins with a toning workout featuring the exclusive Zumba weighted toning sticks that double as maracas and ends with a breakthrough Zumba Sentao chair routine designed to build lean muscle and define the entire body

Exhilarate: A 60-minute Zumba fitness-party in a music video setting

Rush: A 20-minute express workout for those on the go.

Mix: The international fitness-party experience featuring percussionist The Bash Man, new dance styles and traditionally adorned representatives from cultures all over the world

Fitness-Concert: Viewers can follow along to the fitness-concert held at the annual 2010 Zumba Instructor Convention where more than 3,500 instructors came together to party.

I chose to review the activate disc because I am on a beginner's level. I wanted to get a feel for the dance moves and introduce myself to it slowly. I really had fun doing it although it did kick my butt! The program requires so much energy and you get to experience many different types of "dance workouts." This would be an awesome way to motivate someone to shed some weight if they are tired of the gym. I did it in the middle of my living room and had no issues with being bored or lack of motivation. I am excited to spice up my workout routine too. I will be using this program for my nightly exercise.


  1. Zumba looks like such fun. I've watched the classes at the gym, but I have two left feet. Have fun with it!