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I was so excited to try out the Zumba Exhilarate System, boy was I in for a surprise! For those of you who have lived under a rock for the past few years, Zumba is the latest and greatest fitness/dance craze that has hit this country. Combine Latino dance moves with lots of cardio and hip swivels and you have Zumba! The Zumba Exhilarate system is a little different than other systems out there though. The Exhilarate package is a body shaping system complete with step by step DVDs to guide you on your weight loss/body transformation journey.
Included in the package are 5 DVD’s which include:
- 1. Step by Step-A basic guide to break down the steps
- 2. Activate-A 45 minute, easy to follow class to get you started
- 3. Exhilarate-The original full-length fitness-party experience
- 4. Ripped-Body sculpting featuring the Zumba toning program
- 5. Rush-The exhilarating 20-minute workout
In addition to the DVD’s, you get the Zumba toning sticks and the instructional program guide. The program guide has a lot of good information in it, including training tips & techniques, a weekly workout planner, the rate of perceived exertion chart, total body stretch, and the 10-day accelerated fat loss program.
All in all, it is a great program, just not for me. The older I get, I have found it is harder to try to lose weight. I have tried for several years but really made a concentrated effort this year on cutting back and trying to eat right. I have also tried many a diet plan with some luck but just not what I was hoping for. While I have put off taking a Zumba class for the fear of not having a single clue on how to do the moves, I thought the DVD would be great to start out. And as I suspected, I found that I am clumsy, and really had a hard time adjusting to the rhythm and fast pace. As a 43-year-old, working mother of 4, I really do not have the time to put in a full 60-minute workout 4+ days a week. I CAN see myself continuing to do the RUSH DVD (20 min workout) on occasion to mix up my workouts. Maybe with more practice, I can learn a few moves!