Zumba fitness dvd exercise kit includes toning sticks
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- Fundamentos de Zumba
- 20 minutos de rutina exprés
- Cardio Party
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4-DVD, 6-workout fitness set designed to work your body from head to toe;Loaded with red-hot dance steps, pulsating rhythms, and easy-to-follow routines;Comes with maraca-like toning sticks to add muscle to your sculpting workouts;Includes basics workout, 20-minute express workout, and sculpt-and-tone workout;Also includes cardio party workout and flat abs workout
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What you'll definitely need: WATER!! And plenty of it! Also, a little room to dance around in. Of course, the workouts and the toning sticks are provided for you.
What might need: Since the toning sticks are crazy light (1 lb. each ??), you may want to throw on a pair of weighted hand gloves if you have them. I've also tried just using regular hand weights but at the fast pace of this workout and since the toning workout is "dancey," they were a little difficult to handle.
Workouts: The basics "workout" isn't really a workout but breaks down the moves using a 3-step process working up to the full dance move. (I'd break it down but there's 20+ moves) This is about an hour but, I feel, well worth the watch, even if you are a seasoned dance dvd phenom. And if not, the moves are super easy.
The other actual workouts, of course, use the moves from "basics" but also does variations of these moves (don't worry, they'll give you a heads up.) Some mainstay dance routines are Samba, Merengue, Reggaeton (my fav!), Cumbia, Mambo and Salsa but I was pleasantly surprised that were more styles of dancing included in the workout other than Latin. Cardio Party (my fav!) has an "American Mix" section that features a bit of country dancing and an ode to 1950s Americana. There's also some African steps that are really fun, too (you'll see them in Zumba Sculpt and Tone and in Zumba Live). You'll also see some bellydance (kinda, sort of) ;-) and Flamenco.
A few things that might trip you up:
1. The cueing, though not terrible, could be a bit better.
2. During the "basics" workout, Tanya (??), the girl who co-hosts the workout with Beto, says to just keep to beat. This tidbit really comes in handy because there are a few (VERY few but noticable) editing issues. So you might think you're on the wrong foot when in reality, the editor messed up. But no worries, the scene will cut and everything is back to normal. (In other words, just keep in step with the beat of the music and eventually, you and those working out of the dvd will be back in unison.)
3. Beto has a REALLY rich accent so it can be sort of hard to pick what he's saying at first. I found, after doing the workouts a while, my ear has become more apt at understanding him--so maybe it will for you, too.
A couple of personal pet-peeves:
1. The toning sticks. They seemed like a great idea but the constant raddling kind of started to get on my nerves.
2. After each routine, there's this pause to introduce the next routine. I'm not really sure about how I feel about this because sometimes I think "thank goodness, I thought I was gonna die." But other times I feel like the breaks just slow down the workout. Jury's still out on that one.
Overall: What else can I say that I haven't already. I really dug this workout. 'Nuff said.
*Side note: I know there has been some debate over price on this item. I love this workout and bought this from Amazon (only 60 bucks + free shipping at the time), but seriously, it's really not worth spending over $100 for.
I also thought this was very different than my classes. I was hoping to hear some of the same music and routines that I see in the live classes I attend, but it's different- not better or worse, just different than I was expecting. The 'weighted dumbells' are kinda lame- they're long, and not real heavy- I haven't used them yet because I find it hard to add yet another dimension to these moves still. You want to make sure you have a good area in front of your TV to do this on, and that you have the ability to jump and move your body weight without having to worry about things falling off bookshelves and such. The reviews that this was cheaply done and put together are false- how could it be cheap? It looks pretty clear from the pictures what you're getting. There were several DVD's and a dumbell set and I thought Amazon.com's price was reasonable for what you get. I don't know what these other people were expecting. I guess this is going to be sold on infomercials, but I have yet to see one yet- it's put together by that Gunthey-Renker brand that touts several other 'as seen on TV' products.
In all, I would highly recommend this, and recommend you wear hip-hop shoes (like the Bloch S0538L sneakers), and as few clothes as possible- each time I try to do this in a tshirt, I end up having to put on a tank by the end of the workout. Get ready to sweat and work your butt off- and you'll be well on your way to needing hip replacement surgery after all this latin dancing!!
My husband bought me this for Christmas to try to help me break through a weight loss plateau he knew I'd been struggling with. I was both excited and intimidated by it. After putting in the first DVD I was hooked on Zumba from the first workout! The moves are fun and easy to learn. It might take an extra beat or two to get some of the moves down. I just kept going and watching their feet until I got it.
I use a Fitbit charge HR and it's showing that I'm at my peak heart rate for almost half of the workout! That's awesome!
The toning sticks are easy to use. They got a little slick when I was using them and I was afraid one would go flying if I didn't hold them tight.
My favorite workout was the Live! Session which is what it sounds like- shot at a live event with real people in the audience sweating it out. The Abs workout which is on the same DVD kicked my butt the next day. Good stuff!
I also have the Incredible Slimdown Plus Zumba dvd set which is worth checking out. It's filming is more current than this set. Some of the instructors look like teens which can be a little disconcerting at first but it turned out to be a lot of fun. Everyone on camera in the Zumba DVDs is very buff and perfect looking. In the Shazzy Fitness DVDs they definitely tried for more diversity in that there are skinny people, heavier people, old people and young people in them. It doesn't really bother me but I figured it was worth mentioning.
I'm definitely making this the core of my cardio now. Bye, bye treadmill! Looking forward to getting into some smaller exercise clothes for the Zumba cruise next year!