Zumba Review - Do These Dances Really Work?
This review is what happened after I obsessed for weeks over Zumba. We took the time to create a comprehensive review, focusing closely on the ingredients, side effects, customer-service quality and scientific studies. We additionally scrutinized various user comments from all over the internet. At last, we compressed all of the data we collected to give you the bottom line.
What is Zumba?
First off, Zumba is primarily a fitness dance class. They are choreographed and include elements of samba, mambo, hip-hop, salsa, and merengue. The company also has a new vegan protein drink mix. The ingredients include pea powder, sprouted brown rice protein, chicory root fiber, pea fiber, and stevia.
Zumba is part of the Zumba Fitness, LLC which was founded in 2001. In addition to the classes, the company also sells branded workout equipment, DVDs, clothing, and accessories. It is based in Florida and has been a BBB accredited business since 2010, but read on…
Physical Requirements – “Too Hard”
The first concern we have are the physical requirements to participate in Zumba classes. While the program claims to be all inclusive, the routines are quite strenuous. According to our Research Editor, “Individuals who are overweight might have difficulty making it through one of these programs.”
One upset customer said, “I use to like dancing and I thought this would be a class for me. I didn’t realize that to do it I needed to be in better shape. It was disheartening.”
A distressed dieter commented, “I bought the DVDs to prepare for the classes but I realized really fast that I’d be out of my league in one of the classes.”
Others felt like the classes and DVDs were what they expected.
A fan of the classes said, “I worked out a lot when I was younger so I knew what to expect. It isn’t as easy as it was then but I make it through the classes.”
A recent devotee explained, “It takes time to get as good as the people who’ve been doing it for a while but they were new once too.”
Cost – “How Much?”
The cost of the Zumba DVDs and the equipment can be as much as $120. Classes average about $10 a piece which could end up being several hundred dollars each month.
One consumer said, “I have to drive for an hour to find a class and then on top of gas it’s more than $100 a month to exercise three times a week. I can’t swing that.”
A similar complaint was, “I wanted to try out the DVDs after I borrowed one and the price wasn’t horrible. But I got bored quickly and buying enough to keep me interested was too expensive.”
However, some individuals felt the price point for classes and DVDs were in line with similar regimens.
According to this customer, “I love the variety of the classes and they aren’t that much more than a gym membership.”
Another dieter noted, “I really enjoy my DVDs. The initial investment wasn’t cheap but I can use them for years.
According to our research, the physical requirements and cost of a class or exercise DVD can be an issue when it comes to long-term results. If the Zumba dance workout is too difficult, it could be hard to keep up with it.
The Science – “Validity?”
At DietSpotlight, we want to see research specific to the product or service we are reviewing. Zumba promotes the idea that increased physical activity is better for one’s health and leads to weight-loss. While these generic facts are accurate, there is nothing that indicates it is more effective than walking, swimming, or any other free activity.
The Bottom Line – Does Zumba Work?
What’s the real deal with Zumba? If you enjoy dancing and are fit enough to follow the choreography, this is a good way to increase your physical activity. However, it doesn’t offer any sort of assistance outside of the class which is why we have reservations about giving it a full endorsement. We’re also concerned with the cost, which could be too much for some.
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Previous Zumba Review (Updated August 1, 2013):
What You Should KnowZumba isn't a diet pill, it is a diet dance. Celebrity trainer "Beto" Perez stumbled upon this Latin inspired fitness regimem in the 90's in his native Colombia. He has since brought it into the United States, joined with entrepreneurs Alberto Aghion and Alberto Perlman and created an empire! In 2007 Zumba became international and in 2008 they released their third DVD collection. With this third collection, they have included Zumba Toning Sticks and Zumba LIVE! Zumba Fitness, LLC. is based in Hollywood, Florida and their website allows you to email them, while it also provides a contact number and mailing address. The site also offers a "sign up" to become a Zumba Instructor!
IngredientsFast beats, slow rhythms and resistance training, with a little Latino flavor are used to "spice up" your workout when you use Zumba!< ?p>
Product FeaturesZumba claims to be an effective aerobic workout that is fun and works. The website provides customer support and FAQ's (frequently asked questions), the chance to buy the DVD sets and accessories, and search pages aimed at helping you find an instructor or classes available in your surrounding area. In lieu of user testimonials, they provide 3 pages of clickable links to news publications about Zumba. Nearly ONE entire page is articles published in 2008 alone. For those who do plan to become an instructor, the website helps to provide the tools and resources needed to teach Zumba, and has options available to keep their instructor status current through workshops.
- You can look the part in Zumba's full line of clothing.
- They offer a 30 day FREE in- home trial.(less S & H)
- As with any exercise regimen, willpower and commitment are inherently necessary to achieve the full potential of the product, but, unfortunately are not part of the package deal.
- There are only 3 music C.D.'s available (along with scores of whats look like temporary tattoos) on the website. You have to navigate to an entirely different website in order to actually purchase the 3 DVD set they are so proud of.
- Once you do get to the right place, you find out the price of the set is $60 plus S & H.
- Not everyone may be physically up to the Zumba program.