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Zumba Fitness- Best Dance Workout

Updated on September 7, 2014

Zumba is an aerobic workout that is fun and will help you achieve your weight loss goals fast

Zumba Fitness is a workout craze that has been sweeping the nation. Fast paced and fun this dance workout will work up a sweat on even the most fit participant. Yet it's something even a new dancer can join in easily because it's so fun and is essentially following hip dance moves. It will help you lose weight fast and tone your body in a really fun way. Dance your way into shape. Find out why thousands are choosing this fun cardiovascular routine as their preferred workout to lose weight fast and tone. WARNING: Whether done from the privacy of home, at a gym or studio Zumba Fitness becomes addictive quickly!

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What is Zumba Fitness?

Zumba fitness is an aerobic workout class that features a variety of fun dance songs but is most known for its often Latin flavored music. It features a variety of songs and dance styles from Salsa, Merengue, Flamenco, Samba, Belly Dancing, Hip Hop, Tango and more. Routines are choreographed to the beat and participants follow the instructor's dance moves. Zumba is relatively new (2001) but has already grown an avid mass of followers. The beauty of Zumba is that unlike a typical exercise or weight loss regimen that many might dread, Zumba is something that people actually look forward to doing. That makes it easy to keep doing it and will help you to loss weight quickly.

Classes are typically an hour long however sometimes can go as long as two hours. They can be found at many local gyms, dance or workout studios or studios exclusively for Zumba. There are even some churches that now offer Zumba. If you don't have the desire to dance in front of others then there are many videos and video games on the market so you can bust a move in the privacy of your home.

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Zumba Exhilarate Body Shaping System DVD Set - Everything you need to get started with Zumba today in the comfort and privacy of your home

This package is everything you need to get started with Zumba in your home today. This 7 DVD set is packed with fun routines, awesome songs and plenty of instruction. Take your workout to the next level with the included pair of toning sticks. This Zumba set will help you lose weight fast in the comfort and privacy of your own home. This is a great package either for someone who has not yet worked up the courage to go to a gym and dance in front of others or for someone who just can't get enough at the gym.

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There are eight zumba programs currently in existence:

Zumba Fitness: This is the classic zumba dance class that features Latin inspired and international music. It's fast-paced and moves match the beat.

Zumba Toning: Incorporates toning sticks similar to a maraca that are low weight typically 1-2.5 pounds each. Repetitive movements throughout the dance target zones to strengthen and tone.

Aqua Zumba: Zumba fitness done in the water that conditions and tones the body while in a fun splashy environment.

Zumba in the Circuit: Zumba meets circuit training. This class is 30 minutes instead of the typical hour and is spent moving from one station to the next.

Zumba Sentao: This unique zumba class has the added twist that it incorporates the use of a chair into the choreography. Work that chair!

Zumbatomic: A fun version for kids aged 4-12.

Zumba Gold: Is a class geared for older participants.

Zumba Gold-Toning: Zumba toning for older participants.

Party Yourself Into Shape

Zumba Toning

Zumba Toning is one of the most popular class options available and my personal favorite. It's still fast paced and tons of fun. Yet it incorporates more repetitive movements into the dances while holding toning sticks. It will target specific zones of the body to build strength and of course tone. Different songs throughout the class will focus on different body parts including arms, legs, abs and the back. The weights or toning sticks are light weight, typically no more than 2.5 pounds. This may sound easy but during the course of a song they begin to feel much heavier. The next day you may find muscles are sore that you didn't even know you had. Some people will just use a regular small hand weight however the Zumba toning sticks are more fun because they shake to the beat similar to a maraca and can help keep your rhythm.

Interactive Zumba Workouts- Video Games available for Xbox, Wii and Playstation

These video games are great because they can be enjoyed from the comfort and privacy of your home. They can get you familiar with this high intensity workout so you're more confident to actually hit the gym or studio and give it a try. The games can teach you a lot of the dance moves so you'll have an edge when starting out. Plus it's just plain fun!

Zumba Toning Sticks

Some gyms will provide hands weights to use for Zumba toning however it's more fun and easier to keep the keep if you use a toning sick since they shake similar to a maraca. Also many gyms and studios will expect you to bring your home and they're also good for home practice.

Zumba Fitness Total Body Transformation System DVD Set

This package is similar to Zumba Exhilarate. It includes 4 DVD's which feature instruction and fun routines with many different songs. Take your workout to the next level with these 4 DVD's and pair of toning sticks. See the video below to get an idea of what to expect from this fun Zumba Fitness DVD set.

Zumba Fitness Total Body Transformation System DVD Set
Zumba Fitness Total Body Transformation System DVD Set

This package is similar to Zumba Exhilarate. It includes 4 DVD's which feature instruction and fun routines with many different songs. Take your workout to the next level with these 4 DVD's and pair of toning sticks. See the video below to get an idea of what to expect from this fun Zumba Fitness DVD set.

 

Zumba Shoes for Women

Zumba shoes are funky and cute. Plus they're made with comfort and agility in mind. They will also help prevent slipping unlike regular tennis shoes. It's important that whatever shoe you wear it doesn't have big grips or it makes it harder to move.

Zumba Clothing for Women

Zumba clothes are colorful and stylish. They're also very comfortable to wear during the workout because they absorb sweat well. It's not often you can combine style with comfort!

Who is Zumba for?

Zumba is something that anyone can enjoy. It's fun for any age or skill level; classes start for ages 4 and up. Don't worry if your invitation to So You Think You Can Dance has been lost in the mail. You'll be surprised how quickly you become better at dancing just from taking a few Zumba classes. There's no reason to feel self conscious because honestly everyone is focused on themselves and the instructor. Just let go and have fun. Some men wonder if Zumba is just for women but it definitely is not. There are typically at least a couple men in each class and the number seems to be growing.

Zumba Fitness Interest

Now that you know more about Zumba, is it something you're interested in trying?

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      Niktravelfit 3 years ago

      Nice lens. My Girlfriend loves zumba.

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      brianvallois lm 3 years ago

      def just for girls

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      BodyHairRemoval 3 years ago

      I'd love to try this workout sometime.

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      Anna 3 years ago from chichester

      I would recommend Zumba for everyone - I attended my first class a little while back and got bitten by the Zumba bug - I'm hooked! It makes you feel so good after a workout, it's fun and it doesn't matter if your really un-fit, you will still have a great time. Give it a try!!

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      RoadMonkey 3 years ago

      I like circuit training, it's good fun. I have never been any good at dancing, so I would feel a bit nervous about trying zumba

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      Dancing Cowgirl Design 3 years ago from Texas

      I really enjoy country western and swing dancing the most.

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      SusanneB 3 years ago

      Nice lens

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      pearl-ramirez-547 3 years ago

      I really love Dance Workout this is really part of my Fitness Program. You can also visit execisaholics for more Fitness Program.

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      Lyra Kua 3 years ago

      Zumba is also getting popular in my country. I've always wanted to try it, but am too shy to dance in front of people. Zumba video games seem so much fun!

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      tonyleather 3 years ago

      Great post!

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      AmericanNinjaWarrior 4 years ago

      How cool, I just found out that my aunt is a Zumba - Thanks for creating this lens - looks like so much fun! ;)

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      I wonder if this is a good choice for an old broad like me. :)

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      LauraCarExpert 4 years ago

      Starting my day with Zumba has literally changed my life. I don't know where I would be without it.

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      clevergirlname 4 years ago

      I didn't know there were zumba shoes!

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      Legenden 4 years ago

      Nice lens

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      SavioC 4 years ago

      Hey you have put on an amazing lens. I have been trying to sell Zumba to my wife for the last 10 days with no avail. Now I am going to try your lens. Hope the wonderful videos work on her. Thanks for this wonderful sharing . Cheers

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      Elastara 4 years ago

      Definitely a great way to have fun and yet have the accompanying great benefits of losing weight!

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      junkcat 4 years ago

      I haven't done zumba before I think I would like to try it soon.

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      Palitra27 4 years ago

      Great lens. Zumba is a great sport dance that allows you feed so good and refreshed!

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      reviewcorner 4 years ago

      From the last 4 years I have been doing Zumba from my home. Is really fun and great to burn those extra calories.

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      Aunt-Mollie 4 years ago

      This does look like a lot of fun.

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      sha-ron 4 years ago

      I have trouble losing weight maybe I should try to do this and get more fit.

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      centralplexus 4 years ago

      I was thinking about trying this and after reading your lens I'm now convinced I've got to try this! Thanks for sharing all this info with us!

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      TopReviews2u 4 years ago

      Zumba Fitness is a great fun way to get fit and classes are popular in our area. Thanks for Squidlike my lens.

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      Ash2013 4 years ago

      I love zumba and I go once a week to a local class. Well worth it...

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      pbrandon65 4 years ago

      Zumba is a really good way of getting a great cardio workout and burning a lot of calories. I can see why it is so popular.

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      jayavi 4 years ago

      This is good workout and can burn more calories.

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      healthfan101 4 years ago

      I've never actually done real Zumba, but I know that any kind of vigorous dancing/activity is really great for working out! Good job on the lens!

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      Meyani 4 years ago

      Great lens. I wish that I can make such lens soon

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      am23g23 4 years ago

      Great lens! Very informative about Zumba I feel like I am a master now lol j/p...I know a lot of people starting the Zumba sounds like it works

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      Carpenter76 4 years ago

      Got Zumba fitness on the Wii and really liked it. really should begin again :)

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      Camden1 4 years ago

      I've never tried Zumba, but I like the DVD idea. Maybe that way my daughters would try it with me! Right now I walk and ride my exercise bike, but I'm ready to try something different.

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      Tara Wojtaszek 4 years ago

      I've never tried Zumba but it looks like a lot of fun. I love the high calorie burn count (I'm still trying to lose those pesky last few baby pounds...). I'll have to give it a try sometime.

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      BWenning 4 years ago

      Lots of great information. Thanks for sharing!

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      TACTCI LM 4 years ago

      I like that Funky Pink shoe, I've heard that Zumba is a touch workout.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Whew, no wonder Zumba has become so popular....addictive in an instant! That music would draw you in and keep you moving and there are so many different types and even children's versions...we need to get kids moving again in this country. Now there's no excuse not to Zumba even for those who need a low impact workout, there's Aqua Zumba....very invitingly presented!

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      mrsclaus411 4 years ago

      Zumba is a fun workout for everyone.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My sis in law can't live without it! Nice Lens

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      cmadden 4 years ago

      Sounds like it could whip a person into shape!

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      kinleymcfadden 4 years ago

      What a great lens. I love Zumba and it gives me an awesome workout!

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      greentiger11 4 years ago

      Never tried Zumba but I think the wife and I will give it a go! Training for a lil 5K run in feburary and we will probably need all of the exercising we can to be ready. Thanks for the lens!

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      Stephanie Tietjen 4 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      I'm going to take a class. The music seems to make you move. Thanks for the great intro

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      stephen777 4 years ago

      First of all, thank you for this wonderful lens on Zumba. I have heard of Zumba, but I never really knew what it was until reading your lens. I was surprised at the number of different Zumba styles and methods. My wife and I may be visiting a gym that offers Zumba in the future. I have a simple lens on Ab workouts that you may want to visit. squidoo.com/how-to-get-abs-to-die-for. Thanks again.

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      zumbawjade 4 years ago

      As a Zumba Fitness instructor, I'm all about Zumba!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Sounds like a great way to pursue fitness!

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      KandH 4 years ago

      It is tons of fun. My girls had a "Love Your Body" Day at school last week and when I went to pick them up the whole school was in the Hall doing Zumba and having so much fun :)

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      Jo-Jackson 4 years ago

      A great way to keep fit.

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      msseiboi 4 years ago

      Fun way of keeping oneself fit...

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      Eda Ċ kulj 4 years ago from Bosnia and Herzegvina

      I was actually considering attending Zumba, but now I will definitely give it a try, at least for a month.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      I think it's a very fun way to exercise.

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      oraisoopoopo 4 years ago

      Nice lens, very informative

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      Metalpriest 4 years ago

      Great lens. Looking forward to more lenses on fitness from you.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      Wishing you a Thanksgiving day full of blessings!

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      Botellould 4 years ago

      I've heard a lot about Zumba but never tried for myself, nice lens.

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      sdtechteacher 4 years ago

      Zumba is so much fun!

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      LouisaDembul 4 years ago

      Zumba fitness sounds like something I would really love!

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      I'm loving this.

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      Gloria Freeman 4 years ago from Alabama USA

      I visited and liked this lens before, just come back to give it a blessing.

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      Anthony Godinho 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I've heard a lot about Zumba and see it everywhere, but have personally not tried it. I love the Latin beat and music so I'm sure it is a lot of fun. Nothing like incorporating fun in exercise...it's a winning combo. Stay fit, healthy and blessed! :)

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      Edita 4 years ago from Auckland NZ

      You made me wonder why I haven't tried it yet

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      Darcie French 4 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      This looks like a super fun workout - thanks for the intro to Zumba!

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      sukkran trichy 4 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      interesting topic and well presented lens.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      817kcal is hugee! Definitely have to try it :) I better start preparing for a summer season as soon as possible and Zumba fitness sound so fun and it burns so many kcal in only 1 hour. Thanks for sharing it - I've never heard of Zumba Fitness before.

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      aliciamaggie54 4 years ago

      Zumba sounds like a lot of work but fun. Thanks for sharing. Have a great week.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Zumba is simply put, keeping your Body Moving and it's Fun! :D

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      OrganicMom247 4 years ago

      Zumba is a fun and great workout fit for anyone.

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      Torrs13 4 years ago

      I used to attend Zumba class every week and absolutely loved it. We did this one to "Apple Bottom Jeans" which was my favorite. I also attended Zumba Toning once and couldn't believe how hard it was! You did a great job of giving an overview of Zumba in this lens. Thanks for sharing!

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      Tea Pixie 4 years ago

      I took my very first Zumba class this week. I have been out of fitness for about 4 years and my Mom signed her and I up for a free class. I loved it so much I signed up for 6 more classes. It's a gold class, which works perfectly for me, trying to recover from a knee injury. I love the products you have on here.

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      Noveliaa 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing these information.

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      shewins 4 years ago

      I love Zumba. I always liked the dance-based fitness programs, dance aerobics and Jazzercise. You can forget you are exercising and just have fun!

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      Miha Gasper 4 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      Like or not, Zumba is a winner!

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      AdityaAgarwal 4 years ago

      enjoyed your lens

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Zumba is a fun way to workout and it is definitely for the young and old.

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      AstroGremlin 4 years ago

      Fun is a great motivator for exercise!

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      Gloria Freeman 4 years ago from Alabama USA

      Sound like a fun way to lose weight.

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      koolclipz 4 years ago

      I love the idea of Music=Fitness :) Great lens!

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      johnsja 4 years ago

      I like the look of this. Might give it a try.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Zumba fitness dance great, feel energetic, and I like it :)

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      PhoneGuru LM 4 years ago

      Zumba is an awesome workout! Great lens!

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      rambrose lm 4 years ago

      My wife loves Zumba

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      Laraine Sims 4 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I'll have to see if someone is running a Zumba Gold class here. I'd love to dance my way to better fitness!

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      sailor_man 4 years ago

      Zumba is the best

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      crossfitnorthhouston 4 years ago

      Really Zumba Fitness is fun and best way for weight loss.

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      crossfitnorthhouston 4 years ago

      Really Zumba Fitness is fun and best way for weight loss.

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      Linda Jo Martin 4 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      I may try this sometime. There are classes downhill at a community center, but I'm more likely to buy a video.

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      Isabellas-cabin 4 years ago

      I have heard of Zumba before. The bad thing is all the local gyms for me charge a boat load of money for the classes!

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      Birthday Wishes 4 years ago from Here

      This lens reminds me of the fun I had while I was practicing Zumba. Maybe I will start again... Thanks a lot!

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      missmary1960 4 years ago

      I am definitely ready for Zumba !

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      Kapalbility 4 years ago

      My girlfriend loves Zumba. She even enrolled in a class!

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      veldagtz 4 years ago

      my favorite workout is gangnam dance lol

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      Mark Falco 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      My wife wants us both to do this on the Xbox 360 Zumba game...I think she just wants to laugh at my dancing skills (and I use the term 'dancing' very loosely in my case lol). I'm sure we'll end up trying it eventually though and hopefully no one will be around with a video camera.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Very nice lens .

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      barberrela 4 years ago

      I really want to join a Zumba class.Thanks for the information.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I've heard so much positive things abouzt Zumba, and now after reading your lens I really think that I should try it someday.

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      barbiefashionistas 4 years ago

      Zumba helps me a lot to stay in shape.

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      Auntie-M LM 4 years ago

      Wow. That's a workout. I am revising my workout schedule, but I think I will have to work up a bit to this one! Blessed by an angel.

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      Diva2Mom 4 years ago

      Girl, I'm quite of a "diva" dancer too, haha, so you bet, Zumba is my favorite, fabulous workout almost everyday! What keeps me sane for being a mom of 7 is by working out at the end of each day. I used to do 2 hours per day, but I had to cut it to an hour to 30 miniutes, and most of the time, nowadays, I'm just happy to be able to finish an hour, due to time being extremely limited. Zumba is so much fun and extremely effective in losing inches esp. on my waistline! Girl, gotta Zumba to be fabulous, hahaha! Thanks for this awesome lens! I love it! God bless you, dear! Stay fab n' chic! Muah!

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      WinWriter 4 years ago

      I'm a big fan of Zumba. I've been doing it for a few months and love it. I think it's one of the greatest ways to exercise because the music is good and the routines are challenging, but most importantly, FUN. *Blessed *

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      Zumba is great fun and it is becoming more and more popular in our country too. Workout should be fun, right?

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      GeekGirl1 4 years ago

      Great lens. Zumba is something that I intend to try.