If your home fitness routine is feeling a little dull, you can seriously spice up your workouts by having a Zumba party in front of your DVD player. Zumba is a dance workout that doubles as a tasting tour of popular Latin dances, from salsa to samba. You can experiment with shaking your hips and hone your shoulder shimmy with no one watching but your dog with the Zumba Total Body Transformation System ($60).
This six-DVD set includes a basic workout, which is a 60-minute tutorial of the "basic" dance moves used in Zumba; a 20-minute express workout; two 50-minute dance workouts; a toning workout; and an abs workout. The set also includes two fitness toning sticks — lightweight dumbbells that double as maracas to help you get your rhythm on.
See what I thought of the workout.
The Dance Party workout was certainly fun, the moves were fairly easy to follow, and the instruction was great. The workout is fairly low impact and the Latin music is infectious — it's hard to stay still with the enticing beats. My heart rate stayed consistently elevated in my fat-burning zone. I didn't burn as many calories as I would have if I ran for an hour, but I certainly had a lot of fun. I found the 45-minute Tone and Sculpt more challenging cardio-wise and just as fun. If you're interested in Zumba and can't find a class near you, these DVDs are a great way to experience the fun. If you like to dance, but want to hone your moves before going public, this DVD is a great way to expand your comfort zone. However, if following dance moves is difficult for you, the instructors don't provide easier moves for you to try. I think if you stumble along, you will definitely get a great workout and learn the steps as you go.
You can purchase the DVD set directly from Zumba.