Updated: 01/12/2018

Zumba Review - 6 Things You Need to Know


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.

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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…

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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.

What Users Are Saying

"”It is a very fun and challenging workout.”"

"”It’s okay. I could have gotten it for less money.”"

"”Too fast and complicated; jazzercise is better.”"

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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How much weight can you lose in a month with Zumba?

You can lose up to two pounds a month with Zumba! With three sessions a week, each lasting one hour, that is over 2,600 calories burned and it only takes 3,500 calories lost to lose one pound!

Can Zumba help with weight loss?

Zumba can increase your physical activity, which plays a part in weight loss. 1 to 2 pounds of weight loss a week is a good rate, and what you eat is a large factor in how much weight you lose as well.

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Can you lose belly fat by doing Zumba?

Zumba is an Aerobic exercise, which means it is great for weight loss. Doing Zumba more than 3 times a week, at least 30 minutes each, increases the chances of losing belly fat.

Why Zumba is good for you?

It burns fat and calories all over your body! It is a fun and easy way that most people burn between 600-1,000 calories per class just by dancing.

How many calorie do you burn in Zumba?

In an hour of high-intensity Zumba, Women burn about 120-170 calories per session and men burn between 350 and 650 calories.

What does Zumba do for you?

Doing Zumba a few times a week increases your chances of weight loss, coupled with also maintaining a good diet. It is phenomenal cardio, especially when paired with weight training or strength training at least once or twice a week. Exercise increases the flow of endorphins to your brain as well, which controls happiness and stress levels.

What is the Zumba Fitness Program?

The Zumba fitness program is a way of monitoring weight loss and calories being burned through fun with dancing. It combines beginner dance moves and intermediate choreography for an easy way to stay healthy and reach your goal weight in a super healthy way.

What is a Zumba class like?

Zumba was inspired by latin dancing and now incorporates all styles of dance from Afro-American to Jazz. It uses various styles of music and routines to make staying in shape exciting and simple. There are people from all skill sets in dancing in each class. Some classes have a main instructor and a “hype person” that has the formal role of being the assistant.

How do you do the Zumba dance?

Each instructor has their own style of teaching their routine they have paired with certain songs. Most classes begin slow and increase in pace as the session progresses. You will use every part of your body during Zumba so the best way to prepare is to stretch! Stretching is most effective before and after each workout to avoid cramping and soreness.

How many calories do you burn in 60 minutes of Zumba?

There are many factors to consider when calculating calorie burn, but most people lose between 500 and 1,000 calories per hour during a Zumba class. It seems like a while but time flies when you are having fun!


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What You Should Know

Zumba 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!


Fast beats, slow rhythms and resistance training, with a little Latino flavor are used to "spice up" your workout when you use Zumba!< ?p>

Product Features

Zumba 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.


  • The website boasts both a privacy policy and return policy, to ensure buyer happiness.
  • 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.


Zumba seems like a fun exercise system purchase, but if most people are like us, they will be spending an exorbitant amount of cash on an item they may seldom- or never- actually use. We all know that a well balanced diet of healthy foods and an exercise regimen are needed for achieving and maintaining a healthy weight- but I for one would rather turn on (and UP) the radio and dance myself silly for free! Zumba is likely best suited for those who are already comfortable with fitness routines and with dance, since it could offer a pleasant change and you already know that you can keep up a dance fitness routine.
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147 Zumba Reviews

  • How much space does it need?

    Would like to try this but am limited on space. How much room do you need to “zumba” properly.

    • EB

      I Zumba in my small bedroom at the foot of my bed and I use a space that is aproximately 4feet long by 3 feet wide and I have a blast! You should try it!

  • Lose weight by summer

    I’m 17 and weigh around 150 pounds, I’m around 5’3..how much weight do you think I’ll lose by the summer time, June.

    • Maribel (Editor)

      Hello Allie. All users are different and can experience different weight-loss results.

  • Do you think this could help me get some feeling back in my feet?

    I have neuropathy in my feet which I have no feeling in my feet. do you think this could help me get some feeling back in my feet. Or do you think it would be to hard to do

    • Adrian (Editor)

      Hello Brenda. Please consult with your physician before participating in zumba to make sure it is safe for you to do so.

    • berny

      I have been doing zumba for two months now !! I also have neuropathy ,I really have no trouble with my feet or legs ….. we have been doing this for two months @ the church fellowship hall two days a week !!! we have a lot of fun laughing at our own mistakes (OMG) , sometimes we have a hard time in standing -up almost !!! be careful , enjoy yourself in zumba!!! 😉

  • Loose much weight

    if i start zumba dvds and eat good statring today, how much weight can i lose by june?

    • Maribel (Editor)

      Hello Michaela. All users are different and can experience different weight-loss results.

  •  Doing other way to loose weight

    i follow along with classes on youtube and I had the dvds. Youtube is free and guaranteed something different every time.

  • Would really love to try

    Has anyone tried both the Zumba dvd’s and the Zumba game for WII?? I would really love to try zumba but i’m not sure which is a better buy.

    • Les

      Wii definetly

    • Jasmine

      Yes I have and I enjoy both the Wii actually allows you to create your own class meaning you can take the songs and workouts you like and create a custom workout. I also have the original workout dvds I know that they have expanded over the years but I still enjoy the original and get a good High intensity workout

  • Can I tone up my loose tummy because of two ceasarian n second were twins?
    leena sinha

    Can I tone up my loose tummy because of two ceasarian n second were twins

    • Adrian (Editor)

      Hello Leena. You cannot pick a target body part that you will loose the weight; all dieters have different weight loss results.

  • I have no dance experience
    lola (Verified User)

    I have no dance experience. So now that i tried zumba i am totally lost. Even on beginners workout. Is there a video that can help me step by step?

    • Maribel (Editor)

      Hi Lola! Please refer to the Zumba official website for more information on where to find the video that you’re looking for.

  • Possible effects when I stop this
    divya (Verified User)

    Hi i need to know,if leave the Zumba classes do we put up weight

    • Adrian (Editor)

      Hello. If you do not keep up with a healthy lifestyle and diet, you might experience weight gain.

  • You trying to lose you belly fat

    which combination of workouts would you do if you trying to lose you belly fat??
    and does the zumba diet system work well with it?

    • Adrian (Editor)

      Hello Brianna. Zumba can help you with the ‘cardio’ aspect for working out, but you might need to incorporate supplements and weight training to burn the extra fat in the midsection.

  • Weight

    If you weigh 177 how much weight can you lose in 90 days?

    • Adrian (Editor)

      Hi Jenifer. All dieters have different weight loss results. Some users loss weight faster/slower than others, so there isn’t a ‘specific’ amount everyone can/will use.

  • Your Name

    You can start slowly if needed, or you can dance your heart out if you are in great shape. If you just love to move your body to the music, then Zumba is for you.

  • Staci

    The large fitness center I am currently a member of recently tried Zumba for a couple of months. The response to the fitness program failed and the previous workout that was in use returned. The Zumba program seemed flat and did not bring the enthusiasm/energy that other fitness routines had brought. The owner did try two different Zumba instructors and the interest was not there. The movements were simple to learn and might be beneficial for a senior center to utilize. Maybe the Zumba home product would keep someone motivated to work out, but I did not see progress/results.

  •  Thanks for the inspiration
    yoga dvd for kids (Verified User)

    Steven, I’m inclined to agree with you! I actually should have listed more specific organizations, for example, that accept toys for children. I thought about that after I posted the article – I could have (and should have) done more research and listed the different organizations and ways people can help.I also could have listed about 10 or more different things that could be done for senior citizens at nursing homes. I didn’t even touch on Big Brothers and Big Sisters or sponsoring children (something I fully, fully, fully feel close to). I obviously need to work up another post devoted entirely to the different ways to make a difference. Thanks for the kind words and the inspiration. – Joi

  • Annette Talsma

    Quite very well reported and exactly appropriate!

  • Zumba Gold CDs

    After viewing the Zumba Gold CDs I signed up for a class. What a shock. Nothing is broken down. We are never taught the basic rhythms . The instructor does not repeat and can’t get the steps straight. She loses the rhythm and has to add steps. She also claims that Beto doesn’t break anything down when that is exactly what he does on his CDs. This may be a weird class but reading the internet, I suspect it is not. I think they just want to sell licenses.

  •  I love it, of course the results depend on your own effort.
    maria (Verified User)

    I have been practicing zumba for about 3 years, i love it,is fun and you really work out when do zumba,of course the results depend on your own effort.

  •  Hated the product.
    Wendy (Verified User)

    I’d have a game of tennis or squash over Zumba any day! No stupid clown cloths and no stupid vanilla ice remix.. Or that other try hard bull dog or Pitt bull or what’re the dude is..real fitness is not a Fad and zumba is the cheesiest fad I’ve seen in a ling time, it hit its peek in 2012 ranking no9 in fitnes but already at no13 in 2013. Predicted to rank in the mid 30s in a few years, that’s where it was ranked in 2004. Like Abba you’ll all be ashamed to say you did it. You do know the music is totally slutty right? You know it’s cheesy when they got vanilla ice to do Zumba music lol how desprate are you lot? Lol

    • Gloria

      It’s not all slutty music. Everyone has different tastes and different cultures.

  • How to get the 60 minute DVD?
    Jojo (Verified User)

    I purchased exhilarate in December and I started using it on the 9th January i started on the ripped DVD have mins of the exercise and the Sentao portion is not on the DVD.. i AM SO DISAPPOINTED as i prepared to do this part of the workout. I feel as if I have been RIPPED OFF.. inform me how I can get the 60min DVD AS advertised

  • Total body transformation or exhilarate

    I just started going to the zumba classes at my gym and I love the program! I would love to buy the dvds, but I am not sure which set to get (total body transformation or exilarate). Can someone please let me know which one is better or what the difference is? Thank you!

    • Adrian (Editor)

      Hello Michelle. Both have two different types of zumba style workouts, so it just depends on your preference.

  • Shoes on carpet

    I just purchased zumba wii. It is fun but I have to admit I find it hard to keep up, not knowing the moves.I also would like to know what shoes are best on carpet. Any advice would be appreciated

  •  Zumba is NOT a fad
    Lacey (Verified User)

    As a fitness instructor, people need what they need to get fit and active, if Zumba works for you, then it works for you, who on earth are people telling you it won’t work for you. I have been doing Zumba on and off for the last 4 years, I always go back to Zumba and I have recently become a lincensed Zumba instructor and trust me throughtout the masterclass my HR zone was peaking at 188 for long periods of times, and when I do the DVDs my HR can reach 177 bpm with ease. Exercise is personal choice and what you want, if you do not like Zumba fine, if you love it good for you, but lets not call it a fad or a waste of time if you just want a couple of DVD’s and to go to classes it is smart fitness that will explode your fitness levels, positive hormones and if it raises you heart beat, will burn and control your fat levels, end of story. It is cheaper than a gym membership, more interesting than jogging, recruits muscular memory and coordination for good balance and posture and it is fun. I love the way Beto encourages all who takes part in Zumba even that 20 stone woman to become a Zumba instructor, yeah he will make money from it, but so will you, essecially it is about fitness, dancing and hiding the hard bits in exercise under music and dance. The only annoy bit is that I cannot rip their CDs to put on my MP3 and listen to outside to get to grips with the music placements! No wonder why my old zumba instructor was running back and forward to the CD to change the music, that is a bit stupid!

  •  Never thought this will be so fun!
    Evy (Verified User)

    Just bought the Zumba Exhilarate DVDs and I just love them! It comes with lots to routines to choose from, with Ripped and Rush being my 2 favorite. I have also been to the live classes. I’m not sure if it’s my instructor, but the DVDs do a lot more for me. I also like that the DVDs break down the steps for you, unlike the class. It’s been about 2 a half weeks and I’ve lost about 6lbs. I’d say give it a try, it does not feel like exercise at all to me. To me, it feels like a challenge to get the moves right. In the end, it’s tons of fun!

  •  Having fun by losing weight!
    trina (Verified User)

    Been doing Zumba about three weeks now. Love it never stuck with anything but this is different. As long as you like music and fun this is it. I sweat like never before and I am 35 yrs old mother of 8. I have gained weight through the years and this is great. I have not changed my diet as yet but lost 5lbs since i started. I know how people say changing your eating habits is a lifestyle change and I feel the same with Zumba. It is going to continue being my lifestyle change. I go to live classes so much fun everyone there is having a blast from young to old men and women. I have decided to implement the Zumba for kinect in a week or two. Will let you know how it goes.

  • Dancing can help losing weight

    Come on people you dont need zumba to lose weight you just need to go to a latin club and find a great dancer like me and stop feeding your lazy ass mcdonalds all the time lol

    • Jane

      Must be a cheap who can’t afire the sixty bucks mao

  •  I am having fun while losing weight
    Ally (Verified User)

    I have been using Zumba for about 3weeks and have lost a little under 10lbs without special dieting. I also do mine every afternoon for about 45mins-1hr, sometimes two hours. I have the zumba wii game, not only are you excersising but it’s actually fun! I find myself loosing track of time and my kiddos love it too!

  •  Fun & Exciting Way to Lose Weight!
    lovedazumba (Verified User)

    Love Zumba! It is a great workout. You never feel tired after the workout, you’ll feel exhilarated 😀 Yes you will sweat to the point you’ll look like u just took a shower, but it is fun and exciting. The music alone makes you want to move, you just can’t sit and watch. The difference between the old dvds and the new ones, is the new ones are more up-beat and more now. For those curious about whether to get just the dvds or the one for the Wii, I would suggest just the dvds, since they play on almost any console (PS3, XBOX, dvd player, computer, etc…). The DVDs have a beginner section to show you the steps, and with any of the Zumba DVDs u get, u can go at your own pace. Do one workout, sit out for the next one (catch your breath, drink water) then go to the next. Before you know it, if you are dedicated enough, you will be able to go through the entire DVD without taking any breaks. I did this before and lost 20 lbs in 4 months. Only because weight loss is based on your metabolism. It is different for everyone. There is a book, if you are interested in a Zumba diet, that has meal plans and a grocery list for you to check out. I would highly recommend this to anyone. If you can’t figure out where to get the DVDs, check out a class, or see if any friends have it and set up a zumba date. Well this is my input so hope this helps clear up some confusion on the workouts and DVDs 😀

  •  Didn't feel any difference but still continue
    mary beth (Verified User)

    just started zumba a couple of weeks ago. i am a stay at home mom of 2 under age 3 and have been heavy most of my life…now i am in the obese category. Anyway-i am sticking with the workout plans but have had trouble sticking to the food part of the zumba plan. i just can’t seem to stick with the eating 5-6 small meals everyday. stupid me! i thought eating more would make you gain more so i only eat three meals a day and maybe a evening snack. the problem with that is that i eat too much because i only eat three meals. i am almost frustrated because i have not really noticed difference in my body. BUT I AM NOT GOING TO QUIT! I am not about to spend $60+ just to waste it. i just need to change my eating now and hope to see a change…zumba is fun and i have never been one to think that a work out was fun. i have never sweat so much in my life!

    • Maria

      Do not go hungry. The reason why you should eat 5 to 6 smaller meals a day, is to prevent hunger. When you do not eat, your body holds on to the fat in your body to keep it going. So eat a fruit or another healthy snack in between your meals, and do not eat anything heavy after 6pm. Because your body slows down at the end of the day, your metabolism slows down – which means you will not metabolize your food as fast at night, and your body tends to retain more of the fat at that time. Lighter and healthier meals at night is a must. Drink lots of water throughout the day. If you sweat, you must replenish the fluids lost. Also don’t drink while you are eating, drink a glass of water before you eat (this will give your stomach a sensation that it is partly full, and you won’t want to eat as much), and a glass of water after your meal. Also use a smaller plate. Whatever fits there, is what you can eat. No going for seconds!! These hints should help you get started! Good luck and never ever give up. It will work!

  •  Want to get rid of baby belly
    kat (Verified User)

    I have 2 kids and i was wondering, will zumba help me to get rid of my baby belly??i just purchased the zumba for WII and have been doing it only for 3 days and i am addicted!soooo much fun

    • Adrian (Editor)

      Hi Kat. If you keep up with a healthy diet and exercise lifestyle, it should help you with weight loss.

  •  Good workout without the pain
    LAV (Verified User)

    Just tried Zumba for the first time. It was a little hard at firt learning the moves because I’m not dancer to begin with. I have to admit I was sweating like apig at the end. Good work out w/o the pain. I’m hoping to trim a bit off the waist line. Wish me luck!

  •  Zumba really helped a lot
    Anonymous (Verified User)

    my sister in law started doing zumba to try and loose her c-section pooch. (she had two) and her’s is sompletely gone. she said she’s tried a ton of things & zumba did it.

  •  Try other way to loose weight

    I have just started Zumba Fitness on the Wii, as I don’t get chance to go to a class, also can’t really afford it. So invested in the Wii version & it is great, easy to follow with easy to pro routines to do. Would recommend to anyone wanting to keepfit, lose weight & just have fun!

  •  It worked for us
    kayla (Verified User)

    I have been going to Zumba once a week for 4 weeks and have lost 5 Ibs. Now I know that is not a great amount but, that is with NO diet or other things. My friend has also been doing this and she has lost 12 ibs in 10 weeks. We have decided that its a slow proccess but with this idea its about a Pound a Class that last 45 mins.

  •  it does not afftect me as badly
    Kristina (Verified User)

    I started Zumba in November of 2010. its not March 2011, and im down 50 lbs so far. i have the dvds and do them 5days a week i also eat a much better diet but i will admit i cheat sometimes but as long as i work out that same day it does not afftect me as badly

  •  I absolutely LOVE Zumba
    Gina (Verified User)

    I have taken a couple of Zumba classes before buying these. I absolutely LOVE Zumba! I found them at Bed Bath and Beyond for 59.99 + tax. The dances are so fun and I’m drenched by the time they are over. I enjoyed myself so much, it doesn’t even feel like it was exercise. I’m used to exercise being a bit dreadful at times and I feel unmotivated. I actually look forward to working out! Love Zumba!!

  •   its awesome
    sara (Verified User)

    i just started zumba last week on my wii. its so fun and i dont even feel like im exercising!! i love doing zumba on my wii because i am a mother of two and finding time to go to a class is almost impossible so now i can do it whenever i have a free 30 minutes or so its awesome!!!!

  •  love it
    SasTech2012 (Verified User)

    I started zumba at the beginning of the year! I am addicted! I have always ran several miles a day, and needed something to mix it up. I have found my answer; it is such a fun workout. I have not lost major weight, but I have noticed major toning. I also love the way I feel after and I always want the class to last longer! I’m a super busy college student, so whatever I do has to be effective in a short amount of time. Zumba is resistance, aerobics, and abs all in one class! I highly recommend this! I am not a dancer and don’t consider myself coordinated in that way, but I can do this and love it!! Just give it a try..it can’t hurt!

  • return policy
    chris brown (Verified User)

    bought mine at qvc. got it in 5 days. 7 dvds and toning sticks. 30 day return policy. about 80.00

  •  protein high in your diet
    rowan (Verified User)

    losing weight can be hard, and if you have always been overweight then your somach and appetite have to shrink and your body will have to adjust alot. just keep going. i recomend selecting a short exercise and every time you feel like breaking you diet, put the stereo on and do a few repetitions of your exercise. drink plenty of water, and keep lean protein high in your diet. i struggle with my wieght too, i have a healthy diet but i still eat too much! i find having something a little bit fun to distract from snacking is good. 🙂 good luck!

  •  I love these DVDs
    Ana (Verified User)

    I love these DVDs! I ordered my set, four DVDs plus toning sticks and fitness guide off Amazon.com for 70 dollars total. The package arrived within ten days and I haven’t skipped a workout yet! It’s super fun, and I look forward to pressing play everyday! I’m on day 7 of their Ten-day Weight Loss program (which promises that you can lose a dress-size in ten days) and, even though I haven’t followed their nutrition guide very well, I’ve lost a half-inch on my hips and waist, and I’m down 3.5 pounds! I’ll definitely be keeping it up, and I recommend Zumba to ANYONE looking for a fun way to dance off the pounds 🙂

  •  perfectly balanced diet+exercise
    Cort (Verified User)

    Actually, Low carb is one of the only ‘diets’ I can loose weight on. I have 20 lbs gone to attest to that, when I couldn’t loose weight with a perfectly balanced diet+exercise. Every person is different. Carbs are my kryptonite, but they may be someone else’s superman!

    I just had my first zumba class tonight and loved it! I’m a believer and I’m gonna go tomorrow and the next day (military spouse=free classes on base! woo!) I’m hoping to get super fit by summer!

  •  it really works
    jonathon (Verified User)

    i just got zumba for the wii today. i heard everyone talking about it on how great it was and it really works so i got it did it for 45 min i never felt so better about myself i wish i would have gotten it when it first came out i love so much you can really feel it working. from now on i am going to be doing it 4 times a week. thank you.

  •  I Love Zumba
    laceyp (Verified User)

    I Love Zumba!! I am a busy mom of 3 and i needed something that i could do in the comfort of my home. I have lost and kept off 13 lbs. And now I’m at my ideal weight. Plus my legs have never been toned and NOW they are! I’ve lost 2 pant sizes and I am super excited about it! Also, Zumba got me moving and motivated to make other healthy decisions!

    • Amy

      I am looking to buy some DVD’s do you mind sharing which one you purchased.

  •  fun and tiring
    kassidy (Verified User)

    zumba is fun and tiring. make sure you drink lots of fluides

  •  never order products from the TV
    Barbara (Verified User)

    I almost never order products from the TV. If I see something I want, I go to Amazon. They carry almost everything and I’ve never had a problem with them.

  • I need help
    lola (Verified User)

    I need help. I never learned how to dance. Now that i am trying zumba i cant follow da steps. Not even on beginners mode. Is there sumn out there that can help me step by step?

    • Adrian (Editor)

      Hello Lola. You might benefit more from a in-person zumba class then.

  • yes zumba works
    Ryan (Verified User)

    yes zumba works… lol the best dvd is all of them start with the basics and move up and, if your off rhythm keep going, if your at a bar and dance off rhythm do you walk off the floor? have fun with it. great work out between my brazilian jiu jitsu…kudos 🙂

  • Scratches on 3 of them
    Evelyn D (Verified User)

    I received my CD’s and it had scratches on 3 of them. They then sent me a new set but one has a scratch again! They sell the ones that has been returned by customers that did not want to keep the discs with the 30 day money back guarantee. This is unacceptable for $70 I paid for!

  • Actually a no carb diet makse

    Hun, Actually a no carb diet makse it hard to lose weight, cut your sugar and salt intake and watch your calories from fat. sodium is a big weight lost fighter and that is in a lot of carb free things.

  •  Zumba is fantastic
    Wenlyn (Verified User)

    Zumba is fantastic! I have done some sort of aerobic routine for about 25 years, and nothing has ever been this much fun! My first Zumba order was sent to the wrong address and when I called customer service they were extremely helpful and sent out another Zumba for me immediately! I found it fairly easy to follow and the music is great as are the instructors on the video! I hae been doing it about 4x a week for 1 1/2 months and lost 5 pounds. Have made a few dietary changes, but mostly just stopped snacking. It has me sweating after the first 5 minutes!

  •  Zumba for WIi and i LOVE it
    irie (Verified User)

    *** i also got Zumba for WIi and i LOVE it. can have a Zumba session anytime i want. and i am on a natural high afterwards. i agree with “b,” the 20 minute workouts have me working up a sweat too!

    i highly recommend if you have a Wii. i think my mom purchased it through Gamestock.com for under $40.

  •  I got the Zumba for Wii
    b (Verified User)

    I got the Zumba for Wii. I love it because it tells you if you are doing the moves correctly or not. When you are in sync with the instructor your character turns green and you get points. Also, you have the choice of beginners, intermediate, and advanced and on each of those levels you can do 20 min, 45 min, or an hour workout. It give you a lot of options. The Wii version gives you several ways to go through the “program” I think it’s fun and even the 20 minute workouts have me workin up a sweat

  •  I LOVE Zumba I use the Wii Zumba
    teclils (Verified User)

    don’t look at Zumba as exercise and look at it as fun..I LOVE Zumba I use the Wii Zumba …I don’t look at the scale I look at how my clothes fit 1.5 wks ago i could barely put my pants on today they zip up just fine and yes I am on a 1500 flat belly eating plan other than that just Zumba and fun! I have tried trainers and other workout plans I got bored and gave up with little results. I just remind myself to have fun and leave it at that…

  • If you don't want to spend the money
    arachnia (Verified User)

    If you don’t want to spend the money on the dvd’s. Go to a class first and see if you like it. Its normaly like 5 dollars per session and the class i went to the first time was free.

  • I will be able to lose the 100lbs with Zumba

    Hi! I am 20 years old and I have tried EVER thing possible in the weight loss world.. my entire life has been nothing but diet after diet.. I have never been smaller than a size 17 Jr which is the same as size 16 womens its just made for teens.. Thats when I was in highschool on swim team.. I have been overweight and picked on my whole life.. I need to lose 100 lbs.. I started a no carb diet 2 weeks ago with no excercise and have lost 6lbs. I saw the infomercial about Zumba tonight and I was hooked but of course had to do some research.. I will order it on ebay.. But my question is.. Does anyone think I will be able to lose the 100lbs with Zumba and the no carb diet?

    • Adrian (Editor)

      Hello Christina. Even though zumba is a great workout, to achieve weight loss of 100 lbs you would need to incorporate weight training and a healthy diet to achieve results.

    • lori

      You will always lose weight if you lower your calories and increase your exercise. It’s as simple as that. Doesn’t matter what you choose to do, as long as it is fun and burning more calories than you take in! Now, you might want to try a Jazzercise class. Still dance, still fun, but a more rounded workout.

    • Kristina

      I am 22 years old. I only want to lose about 30lbs more. I started a variation of a no carb diet and started the zumba dvds. I have lost 12lbs in 3 weeks! zumba has been a blast and I have only done the ab workout dvd and the tone and sculpt dvd! The dvd set that you order on zumba.com has a basic steps dvd that breaks down all the dance steps into an easy to learn routine. It will take a couple times to get used to it but after only 3 workouts I was starting to get better with the rhythm. I think it’s worth a shot!

    • Marina

      Hun the problem with a no carb diet is your gonna mess up your kindneys. I’ve been taking Zumba for a week and love it.!!

    • Sparrow

      I have a better suggestion for you, try a program that fits in with most folks lives. That’s what I did. I’m doing Food Lover’s Fat Loss system, I’m at 6 weeks. I’ve lost 12 pounds but more importantly I just keep losing inches. Then add stuff like Zumba that makes working out fun instead of a chore. It’s a winning combination. I’m eating in correct portions. I’m never hungry. I eat healthy sweets & breads & I finally feel well enough to be able to exercise & Zumba’s at the top of my list.

  • dealing with this since

    EZACTLY I have been dealing with this since i ordered on 1/2/2010 corrected it on the 3rd (additional sticks were added)followed up on the10th(STILL NOT PROCESSED)so much for the FREE priority shipping-IMAGINE THAT!!ok so now its the 14th-still NO confirmation email so i call-AGAIN-STILL NOT PROCESSED-will process it today(OF COURSE THEY WILL)take 7-10 days-so they refund $5.00 in exchange for the priority shipping?I LOVE ZUMBA -but i would suggest finding a friend with a copy to burn OR craigslistfora used copy VERY INCOMPETENT CUSTOMER SERVICE

  • Bought Zumba

    I bought Zumba from Ebay. I got it in less than a week and it was cheaper than the website. I’m sure so many people want this program, thats probably why it is taking so long on there orders
    I just started the DVD’s and they are fun!

  • Patricia

    I haven’t tried the older one, but the one with the toning sticks really gave definition to my arms. in fact, my arms were the first thing that I really noticed, followed by my legs and then my abs. I’ve lost 23 pounds and love Zumba!

  •  Keeps u interrested
    nitsalis santana (Verified User)

    i been doing zumba for a week and a half with a regular diet and ive lost 10 pounds its so much fun keeps u interrested. i recommend it to any one who hates the gym but wants to loose weight.

    • Anonymous

      Which exercises did you do, and how many days?

    • catherine

      how many times a week did workout?

  •  Laugh excessing
    Alice (Verified User)

    Went to my first ever Zumba class today and WOW!!! I weigh about 15 stone and am size 22 which I hate and have problems with my knee as a result. I am 44 with two teenagers but Although I was probably the heaviest there I was also the youngest too….this class is only in it’s second week…Zumba is pretty new to us in the UK but I know that I shall be going back next week and as I get fitter …because threes no way I can’t dancing my butt off like this today…I plan to go to a couple of other classes too to complement the pilates and walking I already do.It was hard work in some cases but when I couldn’t keep up or I got my feet in the wrong place I simply marched on the spot or did a basic form of the moves…I can see We will pick it up as time goes by and we will all be fitter..the ladies who started last week in the new class said that it was so much easier today. a fun class ..we were all laughing and having fun shaking our bums!!!! ( and those bingo wings too!!) remember to take a bottle of water with you and go and have fun….like a lot of people on here I’ve tried everything going and this is amazing…never sweated so much nor had such a laugh excessing!! Go for it!

  • Lupus with occasional pain

    I am suffering from lupus with occasional pain in my joint(knees & elbows).Doctors highly recommend regular exercises for me to lose weight & to get rid of pains too but inspite of several attempts I am just not able to stick to any exercise plan.Will someone pls guide me if Zumba can help me?Plsssssssssssssssssss

    • Adrian (Editor)

      Hello. Zumba might help with your pains, but always make sure you consult with your physician before you start any exercise program.

    • Jackie

      They do have Zumba Aqua classes for people with joint issues and Zumba Gold for older people and/or you can do the regular and do what you are comfortable with….it really is for everyone who is interested.

  • Belu

    I just bought the Zumba Wii game and it is FABULOUS!! FUN! FUN! FUN!

    • Anonymous

      If these DVD’s are anything like the WII fitness tape, I will be lost. I was not able to keep up with WII Zumba because I could not tell what the person was doing. Any other opinions on WII Zumba vs. the Zumba DVD’S.

      • Amy

        I would recommend buying the zumba fitness dvds. If you are new to the program the basics dvd breaks the steps down into 3 parts, you can move on to the other routines when you feel comfortable. The guide tells you which routines to follow in order to reach your fitness goals. This is the most fun I ever had exercising

      • Anonymous

        I too bought the Wii Zumba and have a hard time keeping up and cannot anticipate her moves or see precisely what she is doing, but I decided it didn’t matter! No one is watching my clutsy imperfection, and whatever I manage to accomplish is giving me a great workout all over in the privacy of my own home, on any schedule that works for me and my family. I feel energized, the weight is consistently dropping, the muscles are toning, and it is efficiently quick because it is fun!

  • concerned

    i was just wondering if you lose breast size while doing zumba… i know that my husband would not appreciate that ha ha

    • Adrian (Editor)

      Hello, since some of the ‘breast’ is fat tissue, you might experience some fat loss in that area.

    • JEN

      Breasts are basically fat, if you lose weight, you usually lose some breast, no matter what method you use for the weight loss

  •  zumba
    Kerry (Verified User)

    i bought the zumba dvd from game! and i love it!!!1 it is so much fun and it works.. im totally addicted now! 🙂

  • Zumba packageand
    Janet (Verified User)

    I just received my Zumba package and I can’t wait to get home from work today to workout. I need to lose 20lbs. I hope this works….

  • Von

    I am loving Zumba so far!! I am down 5 lbs so far and its been almost two weeks!! I live in a rural area so this DVD is all I have. I have never been able to find the an exercise regimen that I like and I have to say that I really love ZUMBA!!

  •  Zumba is great.
    Jemzz (Verified User)

    Zumba is great. We do that for PE at school. Even I, as one who hates dancing and is so un-co it’s sad, like it. I seriously recommend you try it, and if you have, well, good on ya.

  •  I got bored with the DVD's.
    Jon Miranda (Verified User)

    I got bored with the DVD’s. If you get bored easily, don’t get it.

  •  Really sucky customer service.
    Angrycustomer (Verified User)

    Zumba sent me 3 blank DVDs and refused to replace them or refund my money. Really sucky customer service. This company gets an F.

    • Nicole

      I bought mine off of AMAZON. I only have an xbox 360 or a computer to play them on. Only one disc will play on the 360, the other two I’ve tried won’t even come up, I just get a blank screen. They do however work on the computer. I read some of the reviews on amazon and apparently it’s not uncommon to get discs that don’t work properly. I’m irritated. I don’t want to look at a tiny screen to do my workouts. So annoying.

      • reader

        I’ve heard lots of negative about buying Zumba through Amazon, lots of faulty discs. Go straight through the Zumba website

  • I love it!!

    I’ve only been doing zumba for a little while. But I love it I did p90x befor and I liked it but it was a little boring I’m freaking hooked on zumba… I don’t know if I’ve lost weight but I feel great.

    • Anonymous

      I just bought P90X and Zumba. I realize that Zumba isnt very specific with what it works on and it seems to be more cardio. I definately wanted to include resistance in my workout.
      I’m thinking off returning it, since I already have Hip Hop Abs.

  • If you having problems with your orders try Ebay
    Haidi (Verified User)

    For those of you having problems with your orders, try looking for it on e-bay…. 🙂

  •  Its been great I lost 6lbs in 3 months
    hilda (Verified User)

    I purchased the dvds so I woud learn the steps before I started a live class. Its been great I lost 6lbs in about 3 months but I did lose 2 dress sizes in the first 10 days. I love it. I go 3 days a week.

    • kelly

      did you say you lost six pounds in 3 months? i lost that much in 1 week

      • sars

        maybe they weren’t as overweight. geez.

  • I am so excited and can hardly wait

    I ordered Zumba a couple weeks ago and paid the full $60 too. I got an email today and I should receive it by this Friday. I am so excited and can hardly wait! I am 39 yrs old, 5′ 6″ and 215 lbs this morning. Goal is 150. Is there somewhere where Zumba users can post their progress? Good luck to all the Zumba’ers out there!

  • I ordered Zumba still have not received it

    I ordered Zumba on 5/24/10 and still have not received it. Do you have a number where you can contact a real person. I can never get anyone live on the phone.

    • AF

      I ordered my set back in May. Gave it a couple weeks then called. Said it was on back. Got an email saying it was shipped Saturday and gave me a tracking number. It should arrive Friday July 9, 2010. Here is a number you can call to talk to someone 866-649-5817. Good Luck.

      • BGIRL

        hey what is the name of your pack. I got mine at a1books online for 38.99 there are 4 dvds. It says it is the new zumba. I received it in three days for 9.99 extra, it was still cheaper then the rest.

      • T H

        I’m with you I ordered on 6/16 free express shipping, finally talked to someone today she said it was fedexed on 7/6 but wasn’t due to be delivered until 7/19.So what is taking so long?From Ca. to Montana and my shipment is supposedly enroute and in Denver right now.It only takes me about 14 hours to drive to Denver!!!

    • karen

      i order mine too had the same problem. had missing dvd’s also send used products with stratches on the products. costumer service is not great. why after i paid for brand new products and fast shipping i am receiving used and missing products. Then informerical is misleading you don’t receive the chart as they say.

      • buxs981

        I found my dvd on ebay- fot it for $16.50 with shipping and handling and got it in the mail in 6 days!!! try ebay there are lots of zumba stuff on there!

  • I did not recieve mine either
    Debbie Mack

    I did not recieve mine either and sent in a dispute.

  • Can't wait to receive the order.

    i just purchased zumba and i cant wait for it to come. i hope it works!!!!!!

    • Kaye

      where did you purchase the zumba? thanks, kaye

  •  it is fresh and fun and totally worth it
    Meghan Henriques (Verified User)

    I love Zumba I have been going for about 2 months and go to an array of local classes to keep it fresh and fun and it is so worth it

  •  Not boring, fun and makes you feel good!
    Dorothy Lowers (Verified User)

    I am a 60 yr young woman who
    started Zumba last March. No
    dance background. I have stayed commited to attending my classes and have lost 27# along with a smart dies. I do
    not hesitate to attend my sessions because it is fun and
    I look forward to each class.
    Not boring, fun and makes you
    feel good! Everyone, even if
    you are a couch potatoe shoud
    give it a try.

    • kathleen

      I am located in Cranston RI
      and looking for a class
      Would you know

      • Brenda

        go to zumba.com and there is a link to find and instructor there. Just put in your zip and your on your way, good luck

    • Becky

      Dorothy – You’re comment above could have been written by me! I’m also 60-ish and have also lost 27 pounds since I started doing Zumba. It has been so easy and fun!!

      • Denise

        Brenda when you got your zumba dvd’s where they the ones that originally came out a while ago? The new dvds are they different than the ones you originally got when they first came out. Hope my question you understand. I just do not want to reorder the new set of 7 dvds. if they are just like the old ones thanks fora reply

      • sofia

        hi denise i also had the old dvds and decided to get the new ones and i much prefer them..its more up to date with the music and the moves are just so much more fun.defenetely recommend to buy..hope that helps 🙂

  •  Started getting result.
    Rebecca (Verified User)

    I have never danced much. I have fibromyalgia & have had knee surgery that somewhat limits my mobility. I need to lose weight & become more limber again, but I will need to start out SLOW. Does Zumba start out slow enough to possibly work for me? I REALLY want to do this!

    • Adrian (Editor)

      Rebecca, you might benefit more from a in-person class in order to keep up better.

    • Christine

      Rebecca, I suggest trying a Zumba Gold class – it is designed for people with less mobility.

    • Anonymous

      Rebecca, I also suggest you try to find an Aqua Zumba class. I have fibro as well and went to my first Aqua Zumba class yesterday and had a ball. I also try to do Zumba in a regular class but I modify it to suit me – and even though I can’t do everything it is fun. I also plan to try Zumba Gold which is geared towards those of us who are physically challenged.

    • Kitty

      Try it.. Most instructors will tell you to go at your own pass and if your limited in something my instructor says ” just move something and have fun”.. Its great..

    • Marlena

      That’s ok. I started out taking a zumba class and LOVED it so much I purchased the dvds. The instructor and on the dvds, they really STRESS that you go at your own pace. Just do what you feel comfortable doing when you do zumba. You’ll do great! Good luck and just have some fun with it!!!

  •  Zumba is not only about 3 CD's is about a lot more
    IB (Verified User)

    Zumba is not only about 3 CD’s is about a lot more. There are live classes and the CDs but to really experience Zumba it is necessary to attend a live class with a certified Zumba instructor.

  •  Zumba is worth Gold
    HC (Verified User)

    Zumba is worth Gold, I have lost 75 pounds doing Zumba, and have never been so devoted to doing excercise, if you find a good local class it never gets boring and doesn’t feel like a workout, you do not have to have a dance background to love or do Zumba. I suggest to everyone get out there and join the Party!

    • Tina DiGregorio

      Hi there. You lost 75lbs doing zumba alone, or with a special diet? How long did it take?


      • Fitnesscrazy

        Of course you have to eat well in order to lose weight as exercise alone doesn’t do it! Eat less, move more = weight loss.

        • darius

          no eat what you want to it but dont over do it

    • S.

      I have to tell everyone out there who have never been faithful to workout regime. Before trying Zumba I tried aerobics, spinning class, water aerobics, many other things that never kept me interested. Since the first time I tried Zumba six weeks ago I have been hooked! I go to classes at least three times a week but when I can sqeeze in more!! It is so much fun and for the first time in my life I want to excercise. The results are awesome! When I started Zumba I made it a point to eat healthier with a max of 1500 calories a day. The more I did Zumba the less I ate! Lots of fun!!!! anyone considering Zumba it is a must!

      • Lois W

        That was my experience. I’ve tried a lot of exercise programs and it was always a hassle. Zumba on the other hand is a blast! It’s like a dance party every time. It’s easy to exercise when it’s fun. The results in a few weeks – loss weight, fitting in smaller jeans, smaller waist. Kudos for Zumba! doesn’t feel like

    • Zabrina

      i’ve been playing the zumba for about two months in i’ve only lost 10 pounds????

      • Cheyenne HAYES

        First, how much are you trying to lose? If I lost ten pounds, I’d be at my goal.

        But more importantly, how is your diet. You should be eating 5-6 small meals a day with a lean protein, healthy carb, and a veggie at your meals.

      • Betsy

        Any doctor will tell you that anything more than 5 or 6 pounds a month is too fast. All those diets that promise you will lose a lot of weight, really fast either don’t work, or don’t last. You may shed the pounds, but it isn’t healthy and your body will go into recovery mode and you will gain most of it back. 10 pounds in 2 months is something to be proud of!!!

    • smiley

      How long did it take you to lose the 75 pounds?

    • Mgt Scotland

      I only started attending Zumba class 4 weeks ago as had stopped smoking AND joined Weightwatchers. Tried loads of exercise classes and got bored so quickly. I am not going to three Zumba classes a week and omg I LOVE IT!!! In 4 weeks I have lost a stone and hardly even think about the disgusting cigarettes now as to be a smoker I just wouldnt have the stamina to do these classes – in saying that you do give it what you can in the classes. I totally recommend this as its fun and I feel like I have been on a night out when class is over!!

    • lara

      I have been doing the zumba for wii I currently have 2 kids and a full time job so it is hard for me to get to a gym. This seems to be a good alternative but is it really affective?

      • Adrian (Editor)

        Hi Lara. All dieters have different weight loss results. Some users loose weight faster/slower than others, so the effectiveness all depends on the dieters food intake and exercise lifestyle.