The motto of Zumba creator, Beto Perez, is “Ditch the workout. Join the party!” and that is exactly what Zumba feels like.
I am an avid hater of exercise, especially aerobics classes. (I am forever traumatized by the Jazzercise my Mom made me take as a child.)
Zumba is like nothing I’ve tried before. It’s fun, contagious and addictive. I never thought I would look forward to exercise until I took Zumba classes and this kind of enthusiasm is incredibly common amongst other “converts” to the Latin dance craze.
One thing I loved about Zumba was that the instructors are trained to let everyone take things at their own pace. My class was a mix of young sorority girls, stay-at-home-moms, business women, and women old enough to be my grandmother – not to mention we were all different shapes and sizes and at all different levels of fitness. One woman had a professional background in dance, one claimed to have no sense of rhythm, another hadn’t exercised in years. None of this mattered. Everyone put into it what they were able to and at the end of the hour long class, every single one of us were hooked.
As for the book itself, it’s a great introduction to what Zumba is for those who are not familiar. A short DVD is included which gives brief instruction on a few of the moves and has samples of a few songs on it as well.
The book contains the life story of Beto Perez, which is inspiring, as well as information on Zumba itself and a meal plan with a few recipes if you’re interested. The meal plan is not the secret crash diet you’ve come to expect from fitness books, but is a very well rounded, sensible diet of whole grains, lean meats, fruits, vegetables, etc. (Basically common sense eating but it may be helpful to have every meal written out for some people.)
If you’re looking to get in shape, or just have some fun, I highly recommend Zumba.