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Zumba: Ditch the Workout, Join the Party! The Zumba Weight Loss Program Hardcover – September 10, 2009
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I knew it was a BOOK when I got it so the DVD inside the cover was a welcomed bonus for me. I just started taking Zumba classes and it helps me learn the basic movements. I practiced the tutorial and played some of the bonus music toward the end of my workout. I worked up a good sweat just with the sample DVD. I loved it. That was the icing on the cake in my book. (pun intended) Now when I go to class, I can keep up. I plan to get the DVD set later on when I want to do Zumba at home. This book is simply an introduction and background on Zumba for those who are thinking "what is Zumba? or "how did Zumba get started?"
For those who are interested in buying the DVD set, you can do that right on Amazon.com. Just type in: "Zumba Fitness Total Body Transformation System DVD Set" and it will pop right up. (See, DVD is in the title). Just be ready to shell out $64.95 plus shipping. I'm sure it is well worth it. It is in my shopping cart to get later on this month.
Consumers, PLEASE do everyone and yourself a favor by reading the information on a product before running off to post a negative comment. It reflects poorly on you by misreading the information before submitting your review.
As they say, "reading IS fundamental."
All the workouts are in the book, but I found it impossible to visualize the movements from the photos provided. Really, can a person be expected to learn to dance from a book?
If you want a visual introduction to Zumba, you will have to buy one of the videos in the series. This won't do it for you.
This book is great for what it is -- a Book about the program as a whole - background, diet and dance :)
Although I do the Zumba workouts from a chair, I have seen a tremendous difference in weight loss, physique and stamina! Zumba is awesome, a lot of fun and does not feel like a workout!
I purchased it here because it was cheaper than zumba.com and had free shipping. My only criticism is the commericial cannot due Zumba justice in depicting how much fun it is and does not feel like you are working out.
On days you want to rest, the music lures you back. Stop exercising and BUY NOW!!!
This book opens with a chapter about how zumba came about, then follows with an explanation / history of merengue, salsa, cumbia, etc. Next comes a how-to section on doing the moves and lists of music and steps that correspond to do with time markers. Finally, a chapter about fat fighting foods and recipes.
In an orange envelope at the back of the book is a DVD. Is it a DVD that will open you up to the mysteries of Zumba footwork? Well, no. It will barely scratch the surface. It will only teach you a few steps. Then the screen goes gray, with a big timer in the corner. You, my dear reader, open your book to the section with the song list and steps corresponding to time markers. Then you match up the song and the steps to the timer of the particular song you have chosen. Too bad there isn't an instructional sheet that tells you a) how to carry said book and read it, while b) glancing at TV screen to make sure you are doing the steps at the right time as the timer on the screen and c) how to do salsa/merengue/cumbia/whathave you while holding book and reading.
If you, as I do, go to Zumba class already, then the above reading/dancing/timing thing isn't so impossible but have an answer prepared for the inevitable question from your significant other, "what the hell are you doing?"
If you, my dear Zumba-deprived friend, do not already take a Zumba class and think you can learn to dance by reading, I say to you, "Really?" and then I'm going to encourage you to leave your home and take a Zumba class. Or buy the videos. Or the Zumba for Nintendo Wii. All of which are better than this book.
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I purchased this book for an online class that I am taking. It arrived on times and was brand new. It is a really good book so far. Read morePublished 7 months ago by meandmyadrians