When I first started exercise, one of the first things I did was Zumba. I love to dance and I thought it sounded like fun. So I borrowed 2 DVD's and tried them out. It was instant love!
First off, you DO NOT need to be a great dancer to fall in love with and/or benefit from Zumba. As long as you keep moving and trying out the moves, you will be burning calories. Zumba is like a aerobics workout combined with latin dancing, and you don't feel like you are working out because it is so much fun!
The DVD's I started with were a 20 minute "Zumba Express" and Zumba "Cardio Party". The Zumba Express has a tutorial that takes you through all the moves and teaches you how to do them. Then there is the 20 minute workout. I remember the first time that I did the express workout - I got through about 5 minutes before collapsing! LOL The Cardio Party is a more intensive 45 minute workout session. That's what I'll be doing for my lunch workout today.
Zumba also makes a version to do on the Wii. I know a lot of people love doing that because of the feedback you get while doing the moves.
I have never taken a live class, but I really want to in the future because I think it would be a lot of fun!
Don't worry about looking silly - most people don't have those "Latin Hips"! Just pop in a DVD, move and have fun.
As Beto - the creator says - LET'S ZUMBA!