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January 7, 2011 / mybodynbalance

ZUMBA. Ohhh how I love to hate you. (warning…this WILL offend Zumba lovers)

Why, oh why…does the world think can drop 12 dress sizes taking a ZUMBA class twice a week??  Yes, I watch those late night infomercials promising that after only 2 hrs. a week, in 3 mounths…YOU will look just like the “instructors” in the commercial.
So I ask…WHO wouldn’t want to have perfectly toned abs, a six-pack to be exact.  Lean butt, hips & thighs…like those of an olympic skater.  And arms so tight…nothing jiggles when you wave goodbye to your loved ones? For Gosh sake…EVERYONE wants just that….however ZUMBA (most likely) will NOT deliver!!  Now I realize, I will be getting TONS of feedback on this, and Zumba instructors will be tripping over themselves to type me a nasty comment, email,response.  But I ask you, will they have the strength to do so? I mean typing burns approx.  102 cals/hr (150 lb person) and Zumba…well…about 250cals/hr (same 150 lb person).
Honestly, this (my hatred of Zumba) started as a joke, BUT it has snowballed into something crazy.  I have taken VARIOUS (yes, belive it people) Zumba classes..and NEVER ever broke a sweat?! This makes me say…HMMMMMM?  Granted, moving is better than doing nothing…as sooooooo many do.  BUT, come on.  Spend an hour kicking your own a**…not not  just shaking it!!

PS:  This is only MY OPINION on this form of exercise…and what I have experienced.  If you choose Zumba over no exercise…I say GO FOR IT!  Something is better than nothing… get that body movin’   🙂




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  1. gaileee / Jan 7 2011 7:37 pm

    I lost 26 lbs in doing Zumba. And broke a sweat, after the first song. But I put a lot into it, going full out….and I did notice most of the class wasn’t doing as big of bending, twisting and such, as I was. My problem is I really LIKE food! So Zumba helps me keep that at bay, and I do Zumba more than twice a week.

    Good luck!

    • Lisa / Jan 9 2011 5:08 am

      Gaileee…do u live in the area? I would LOVE to meet you and extend a free class with us here at BODY N BALANCE…just to see the “difference”

  2. Helen / Jan 17 2011 4:53 pm

    Today, I was struggling with the decision to take one of the 6 God awful Zumba class at my local gym for cardio or pay the money to find another place. I absolutely loathe Zumba and I’m not shy about my feelings towards it. So I typed “I hate Zumba” and found your blog. I’ve taken at least 6 Zumba classes with 6 different teachers…all SUCKED A**! I had a great ab workout though with all the laughing I did at the inexperienced teachers who couldn’t even keep the rhythm and 95% of the students who tried to mimic their horrific movements. Then I’m told…hey, I can be a certified instructor for $250. REALLY?? No wonder it sucks! Can we have some people who can actually dance teach the class? I say Death to Zumba, or have stricter guidelines to become an instructor otherwise, I’ll have to try at least 20 different teachers to find one worth going to a second time.

    • Helen / Jan 17 2011 4:55 pm

      P.S. Sorry to invade your blog. I just wanted to rant.

      • Lisa / Jan 17 2011 5:59 pm

        I welcome all comments, good or bad. Just so happens we agree on this subject. ha ha! As I said before, it’s (my opinion) better than doing nothing at all…but not the hard core exercise most need to get into the shape they desire…
        $250/hr? I’m not sure what the going pay is..but if so…that’s CRAZY. I own a fitness facility and have never even tought of paying someone close to that! Thanks for your feedback! Stay Fit 🙂

  3. Stephanie / Jul 15 2011 7:16 am

    I was really starting to think I was the only one. Though, I have to say, I dislike it for other reasons. I have the DVDs, and I do actually break a sweat, but what’s weird is that I don’t actually feel my body working hard. And it just irritates me to no end that “Beto,” the creator, doesn’t actually do 90% of the workouts (and if he does, they are much more simplified versions and look like something from Walk Away the Pounds), he just stands there saying “Feeeeeel the music” and “ZUUUUUUUUUUUMBA!”

    Anyway, thank you for hating Zumba. It’s good to know I’m not alone 😛

    • littleleers / Jul 28 2012 6:02 pm

      I have noticed that about Beto, too. He is the founder and immensely wealthy now. I guess he doesn’t have to shuffle around much on stage these days. Zumba-ites adore Beto. He is kind of like a mascot or something. Can’t diss him too much…he came up with a good idea, got himself some very hotshot brilliant attorneys and has been able to fiercely “protect” his brand for over a decade now. Zumba has their spies everywhere and if anyone steps out of line regarding their regs, they get reprimanded and threatened with legal action.

  4. agirl / Apr 14 2012 1:46 am

    I like Zumba, but that’s because I try to stick to the best instructors and I also do ALL the moves with more intensity than they do. I do this 5 times a week plus weight training 2-3 times a week as well. Coupled with a 1600-1700 calorie diet I’ve lost one dress size in 3 weeks:). Some of the Zumba instructors are bad though and I’ve encountered some that are out of shape or downright overweight/obese and can barely move. I don’t know how it is they got hired at the Y. One of them even asked me if I’m an instructor because I’m better than them at it, and I’m still 10 pounds overweight! I guess it helps I’m half Cuban, I’ve been dancing salsa and such since I was two. Sticking to the very upscale Y in town has proven they have better Zumba instructors and they are not ultra sweaty obese people. Nothing against big people I was once a size 18 I just don’t think they should teach zumba until they are able to execute all the moves at a good intensity. I thought about becoming an instructor but it seems like a waste of money considering there are very few openings for Zumba instructors. Well that’s my 2 cents I will keep zumbaing my way;)

  5. littleleers / Jul 28 2012 6:34 pm

    I am glad I found your blog. First, I think it is fantastic when anyone chooses to abandon the couch and get moving. Walking, swimming, dancing, Zumba…just get moving. So, I will not criticize the peeps who have chosen Zumba for cardio.

    Zumba offers one day workshops (I took the basic) and then proclaims that you are now a Zumba instructor by handing you a paper certificate stating that you can use the Zumba license. You are told that you need to practice your routines over and over, that there is a job waiting for you, blah, blah, blah.

    I am working on getting my Primary Group Fitness Certification through AFAA. At least with a licensed Zumba instructor who is also certified to teach group fitness, you are far less likely ending up with an injury.

    One good thing about getting a fitness cert (and you have dancing skills) you don’t need Zumba. You can create your own dance exercise moves/classes and still get hired at a health club, but using a name like Cardio Dance Fitness or something. If you watch dancer exercise vids on Youtube, it is very apparent that many of those independent (not Zumba) dance/exercise instructors have terrific dance skills and choreo.

    Has anyone else noticed how “stale” many of the Zumba routines are? Perhaps many of the instructors who choose to teach 5 to 7 classes per week cannot find enough time to work on freshening choreo.

    Here in North Seattle we have a private exercise studio, Roosevelt Community Fitness. They offer a variety of classes (only studio/aerobic stuff). You have to have a pro dance background to teach Zumba there. Their classes are immensely popular.

    More and more women who have reasonably good dance skills, are group fitness certified are creating their own wonderful cardio dance classes. I doubt this trend is a threat to the Zumba Empire at this point, but it will be as time goes on. Skill and expertise will always win out over a trade name that markets mediocrity.

  6. Lindsay W. / Jun 15 2013 4:49 am

    It is nice that that it gets some people off of the couch, but that’s about it. I have been teaching group fit classes for 10 years now and find this class to be borderline useless. People go to these classes and may break a sweat, but that’s about it. When we have master classes at the gym where we compile a bunch of formats, the real classes end(and the fit people leave), then the Zumbies come trodding in and it drives me insane. Yes, there are some instructors that are better than others..that’s for sure since it only takes a very brief training to become certified, but even the good ones…ZZZZZ…it’s nice for old people that can pick up the moves maybe, but otherwise it’s for the ladies that want to go to the gym and socialize and tell themselves that they’ve worked out without doing much at all. Anyway, brainwashed instructors that don’t know anything about teaching fitness classes properly (and heck, probably don’t even know the name of a single muscle or any opposing muscle groups, or anything else other than to learn a routine) will continue to pay ridiculous prices for cute clothes ruined with “zumba” tattooed all over them and let their heads swell as they think they are great fitness revolutionaries, and hopefully it will one day die. I have tried to like it. I can’t.

    • mybodynbalance / Jun 17 2013 9:15 pm

      EXACTLY!!!! I couldn’t agree more with you 🙂

  7. Marcie Judelson / Feb 5 2014 5:45 pm

    So glad to discover I’m not the only Zumba hater! I’m a professional dancer and teach my own
    choreographed cardio aerobic class (aimed at the older demographic).

    After hearing raves about Zumba for years, I finally attended my first class last night. I generally like Latin music, but I HATED the music in this class. It was a mix of Latin, Bollywood, Rap, etc. Of course, music is highly subjective. So I’m not surprised that others love the Zumba soundtrack.

    Even though I have nothing to compare it to, I thought our instructor was quite good. She could definitely do the moves herself and had a nice, energetic personality. I thought the moves themselves were mostly quite challenging to pick up, due to the speed. I think in time, I would learn them. But I didn’t enjoy the choreography enough to want to return.

    Having said that, I DID break a sweat — in fact, I left the class soaking wet. So I wish I enjoyed the music and steps more, because I see that it could be a very effective workout. Obviously, everyone around me was LOVING it. And I was staring at the clock the whole time, wishing it would end!

    For me, it always comes down to the music and the steps. If I don’t like either of those,
    I’m not going to like the class.

    But I am a bit amazed that so many people are ga-ga over Zumba. Go figure.

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  9. topumasum / Sep 29 2016 11:01 pm

    i dont hate zumba, what i hate is stupid instructors who arent energetic enough to motivate the class AND sucky playlist. seriously, if you use a slow reggae song or stupid teenage school rock songs in a zumba class, i seriously want to punch you in the face. and dont get me started when instructors forget their own steps! its pisses me off. i do three zumba classes a week by three different instructors and only ONE is good with upbeat steps, energy and a very good playlist! she makes me sweat and feel good about it.

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