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Hostyle Conditioning on why Zumba sucks

Why I think Zumba Sucks…This title could also be ‘Why I think Elliptical Training Sucks”

To be really honest I don’t think it sucks…well not for the first 30 – 60 days anyway if you are very, very out of shape physically and lack the mental capacity to push your body very hard.

Both these areas start to improve once you start training.

So as a tool to get your ass off the couch and into training and into the group atmosphere (which I think is the real magic in training period) I think Zumba, elliptical training and Curves have a very a very good reason to exist.

The big point of the anti zumba sentiment is that the representation of what can be achieved through a zumba class “this is my zumba body” – spoken by a woman who obviously has done a tonne of sculpting, weight training and whatever else is just plain deceitful, and the claims of burning 1000 calories in an hour etc… just blatant misrepresentation to appeal to dumb asses who think it will be a miracle cure..

I have no doubt there are some great zumba instructors (who more than likely have background in the fitness industry previously and adapt their skills to that program) who can drive the intensity up and provide a challenging workout, and that it is fun for a lot of people, great !!

However, it is undeniable that a LOT of feedback is that there are a very high number of lame classes because of the atrocious “training” and accreditation standards, and that collectively the average zumba class does not come close to a hardcore gym class, be it Les Mills, freestyle, bootcamp, whatever. I think that is where the anti zumba sentiment from established fitness people comes in, that the marketing tries to overpromise what the average zumba class will do.

When I hear comments like “It’s fun”..then I think it’s a good tool to get people moving, when I hear “it’s easier for me” then I know that it has become a cop out method of training.

IN order to truly transform our bodies and our minds we must strive to push ourselves beyond our comfort zone. Push the limits of our strength and cardio will we leave the body NO Choice but to get leaner, more muscular and more functional.

A disproportionate number of commercial gym patrons waste countless hours on ellipticals, treadmills, and recumbent bikes in pursuit of a svelte physique.

Research has proven, time and time again, that performing endless hours of low-intensity, steady-state cardio is far inferior to weight training and high intensity interval training (HIIT) for fat loss and mass gains.  If you’re tired of being soft, prioritize nutrition and weight training over cardio.

Like I have said many times you can do 45 minutes of elliptical training and burn a few calories, or drag that bitch across the parking lot with a rope or chain and burn a shit load of calories in 20 minutes.

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1 comment

  1. andrea - February 15, 2013 10:40 pm

    oh no! That picture makes me cringe! Just wanted to throw my two cents in here (stumbled on that pic in Google images and had to come see the source). The main story ini zumba is: “This is the firs time ever I have stuck to a fitness program.” We hear it over and over again as instructors. Fortunately, MANY instructors in our area also run (half marathons) and encourage our students who are serious about being fit to try something, anything else in addition to zumba. It’s kind of like the “gateway drug” of exercise. lol. Many students are now feeling confident enough in a group fitness setting to also attempt things like Body Pump.


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