Zumba Fitness Total Body Transformation System DVD Set – $69.95
Okay, okay, I fell for the infomercial. I was looking for something that was pure cardio and this really seemed to fit the bill. So I gave it a try and I don’t have any regrets! Honestly, I had four other dance workout dvds in my Amazon wishlist–after doing the Zumba 20-min workout, I deleted the wishlist. No kidding.
What you’ll definitely need: WATER!! And plenty of it! Also, a little room to dance around in. Of course, the workouts and the toning sticks are provided for you.
What might need: Since the toning sticks are crazy light (1 lb. each ??), you may want to throw on a pair of weighted hand gloves if you have them. I’ve also tried just using regular hand weights but at the fast pace of this workout and since the toning workout is “dancey,” they were a little difficult to handle.
Workouts: The basics “workout” isn’t really a workout but breaks down the moves using a 3-step process working up to the full dance move. (I’d break it down but there’s 20+ moves) This is about an hour but, I feel, well worth the watch, even if you are a seasoned dance dvd phenom. And if not, the moves are super easy.
The other actual workouts, of course, use the moves from “basics” but also does variations of these moves (don’t worry, they’ll give you a heads up.) Some mainstay dance routines are Samba, Merengue, Reggaeton (my fav!), Cumbia, Mambo and Salsa but I was pleasantly surprised that were more styles of dancing included in the workout other than Latin. Cardio Party (my fav!) has an “American Mix” section that features a bit of country dancing and an ode to 1950s Americana. There’s also some African steps that are really fun, too (you’ll see them in Zumba Sculpt and Tone and in Zumba Live). You’ll also see some bellydance (kinda, sort of) 😉 and Flamenco.
A few things that might trip you up:
1. The cueing, though not terrible, could be a bit better.
2. During the “basics” workout, Tanya (??), the girl who co-hosts the workout with Beto, says to just keep to beat. This tidbit really comes in handy because there are a few (VERY few but noticable) editing issues. So you might think you’re on the wrong foot when in reality, the editor messed up. But no worries, the scene will cut and everything is back to normal. (In other words, just keep in step with the beat of the music and eventually, you and those working out of the dvd will be back in unison.)
3. Beto has a REALLY rich accent so it can be sort of hard to pick what he’s saying at first. I found, after doing the workouts a while, my ear has become more apt at understanding him–so maybe it will for you, too.
A couple of personal pet-peeves:
1. The toning sticks. They seemed like a great idea but the constant raddling kind of started to get on my nerves.
2. After each routine, there’s this pause to introduce the next routine. I’m not really sure about how I feel about this because sometimes I think “thank goodness, I thought I was gonna die.” But other times I feel like the breaks just slow down the workout. Jury’s still out on that one.
Overall: What else can I say that I haven’t already. I really dug this workout. ‘Nuff said.
*Side note: I know there has been some debate over price on this item. I love this workout and bought this from Amazon (only 60 bucks + free shipping at the time), but seriously, it’s really not worth spending over $100 for.
- 4-DVD, 6-workout fitness set designed to work your body from head to toe
- Loaded with red-hot dance steps, pulsating rhythms, and easy-to-follow routines
- Comes with maraca-like toning sticks to add muscle to your sculpting workouts
- Includes basics workout, 20-minute express workout, and sculpt-and-tone workout
- Also includes “cardio party” workout and flat abs workout
Shed pounds and have a blast in the process with the Zumba Fitness Total Body Transformation System DVD set. Loaded with red-hot dance steps, pulsating Latin rhythms, and easy-to-follow routines, this invigorating dance-fitness “party” will have you movin’, groovin’, and shakin’ the weight off to the sexy, exotic rhythms of salsa, cumbia, samba, merengue, and more. Each routine features interval training sessions that combine fast and slow rhythms with resistance training, helping sculpt and tone your body while burning fat. As a result, Zumba fanatics can enjoy multiple long-term health benefits while having fun in the moment. Working out can be a lot of things, but it’s never been known to be an exhilarating experience–until now.
The set–which comes with four DVDs and six total workouts–will work your body from head to toe, starting with the basics and then moving to your favorite targets, such as your core, thighs, and abs. The set also comes with maraca-like toning sticks to add some muscle to your body sculpting routines. The DVDs include the following workouts: Zumba Fitness Basics Workout, Zumba Fitness 20-Minute Express Workout, Zumba Fitness Sculpt & Tone Workout, Zumba Fitness Cardio Party Workout, Zumba Fitness Live! Workout, and Zumba Fitness Flat Abs Workout.
About Zumba Fitness
The Zumba Fitness Total Body Transformation System includes four DVDs and two toning sticks.
Zumba Fitness® is the only Latin-inspired dance-fitness program that blends red-hot international music, created by Grammy Award-winning producers, and contagious steps to form a “fitness-party” that is downright addictive. Since its inception in 2001, Zumba Fitness has grown to become the world’s largest and most successful dance-fitness program with more than 10 million people of all shapes, sizes, and ages taking weekly Zumba classes in over 90,000 locations across more than 110 countries.
As a fitness instructor in his native Cali, Colombia, the life of Zumba program’s founder, Alberto “Beto” Perez, took an unexpected turn one fateful day in the mid-’90s. He darted off to teach an aerobics class and forgot his traditional aerobics music, so he improvised using his own mix of music from tapes he had in his backpack (the salsa and merengue music he grew up with). Spontaneously, he created a new kind of dance-fitness, one that focused on letting the music move you (instead of counting reps over the music). Energy electrified the room; people couldn’t stop smiling. His class loved it! And on that day, a revolutionary new fitness concept was born–the Zumba Fitness-Party.
In 2001, Beto brought his new dance-fitness style to Miami, Florida, and, through a student (Alberto Perlman’s mom), met entrepreneurs Alberto Perlman and Alberto Aghion. All three hailed from Colombia and all three had a vision to bring this dynamic dance-fitness class to the masses. The three Albertos formed an alliance and created a business, calling it Zumba Fitness. They trademarked the word Zumba® and set a goal to expand the brand all over the world. First came the DVDs, then the infomercial–which introduced the Zumba Fitness-Party to the public on a wide-scale basis. That followed with the demand for Zumba classes and Zumba instructors and then the company took off and the Zumba program expanded in a big way. By 2005, Zumba Fitness spawned a full-fledged Zumba Academy to license Zumba Instructors to teach Zumba classes. More expansion followed with the launch of Zumbawear apparel and accessories, music CDs, and in 2008, one of the bestselling at-home fitness DVD series ever–the Zumba Fitness® Total Body Transformation System–which starred Beto and introduced Zumba Fitness’ newest stars, Tanya Beardsley and Gina Grant. In 2010, Zumba shook the ground by being the first branded fitness program to launch a video game on all three major gaming platforms: Wii, Xbox, and PS3.
Fast forward to today, the Zumba program is now taught in gyms and studios all over the world to millions of Zumba enthusiasts. And as the program continues to evolve from its humble beginnings, to a global movement, to a way of life–its growth has only deepened the company’s commitment to providing accessible fitness, without the strain, without the sacrifice, just the pure joy of a party.
What’s in the Box?
Four DVDs with workouts: Zumba Fitness Basics Workout, Zumba Fitness 20-Minute Express Workout, Zumba Fitness Sculpt & Tone Workout, Zumba Fitness Cardio Party Workout, Zumba Fitness Live! Workout, and Zumba Fitness Flat Abs Workout; two toning sticks