Adventures in Zumba and a Review

On Monday night, I tried Zumba for the second time.  I had tried it once before at my old gym and my original thoughts were, “Meh, that was okay”.  It wasn’t really active enough for me and I barely worked up a glisten, much less a sweat.

However, my friend Diana teaches Zumba and has asked me if I would go before and I finally decided to try it again.  Monday night worked best for me this week so instead of going to Diana’s class on Thursday night, we went to a class she usually attends.

It was so much fun!

I think the biggest difference between this Zumba class and the one I attended at a gym is the energy and intensity level of the instructor.  Don’t get me wrong, like any class, you can give 50%, barely break a sweat and not get a good workout.  But, if you really give it 100%, stay focused, and put forth a lot of effort into the moves, you most definitely will get a good workout.

My ponytail was drenched in sweat by the time we were done, 90 minutes later.

If you’ve though about trying Zumba out or if you have had a so-so experience in the past, try another class.  If you live in the Charlotte area, check out Queen City Dance Out, which is the organization that put on the Zumba class I attended.  They have classes every night and in other surrounding cities as well.

I had a substantial snack before Zumba since it was during my regularly scheduled dinner-time.  So I wanted something light for dinner. I had two TJ’s low carb wraps with some Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese, smoked salmon, and spinach.

Gosh I love smoked salmon.  This isn’t going to last long on my house.

Despite my substantial snack earlier, I still wanted dessert.

Tropical Traditions just recently sent me a jar of their concentrated coconut creme, which some of you know as coconut butter, and I wanted to try it on something sweet.

I made frozen whipped banana by putting 2 frozen banana halves in the Vitamix.  I topped it with a chocolate/coconut cream mixture by putting about an ounce of 70% dark chocolate in the microwave with a teaspoon of coconut cream.

The chocolate and coconut cream mixed so well together and once it hit the frozen banana, it formed a hard shell.  So good!

Besides the whipped frozen banana, I have also tried the concentrated coconut cream on something warm…

Almond Joy oatmeal

The coconut cream was very good on this too, but I think I prefer it on cold food because of the way it hardens and makes a shell.  The possibilities are endless with this stuff, if you’re a coconut freak like I am.  I love coconut on everything!

Another plus: the Tropical Traditions jar is gigantic!  This will last me forever.

Have you tried Zumba or coconut butter/cream?  What was your experience like?  If you tried coconut cream, what did you put it on?  I have a gigantic jar and need some creative ideas of how to use it.



10 Responses to Adventures in Zumba and a Review

  1. I’ve done Zumba a few times and always liked it. I think it depends on the instructor though. I hate when you take classes and its an instructor that doesn’t push you and it makes the workout not as challenging. I want to SWEAT when I work out.

    • foodiefresh

      I totally agree! If I don’t break a really great sweat, I feel like I’ve wasted my time. You’re a busy mama so you don’t have time to waste! 🙂

  2. Now I want to try Zumba again! I tried it once and had a similar experience to your first one. But it sounds like it’s worth a second shot!

    • foodiefresh

      I really recommend doing some research first on different classes. Dancing can be a great workout but only if the instructor really challenges you. The class I went to had us being super active, not just marching in place, the entire time. Plus it was 90 minutes. If you find a good class, you can really get a lot out of it if you’re willing to put a lot in it. I hope you find a great class! 🙂

  3. I’m afraid to try zumba. Everyone at my gym looks so goofy doing it and i know I will just be awkward.

  4. So happy you gave Zumba another shot
    I’ve always believed the music and the instructor are what makes a great Zumba class
    I try to hit at least 2 a week to get some great cardio in and I recommend it to anyone !
    Oh and now i’m totally craving smoked salmon, thanks 🙂

  5. Anna

    I used to attend a zumba class that was okay, but the intensity level wasn’t high enough for me. However, at Duke, we have an awesome cardio dance class which is very peppy and a little more intense. I like it a lot more than zumba. The instructor plays a lot of top 40 songs and incorporates more hip hop moves. I think what I enjoy the most about it though is that it keeps you from taking exercise too seriously and allows you to just have fun. I’m glad you gave it another chance. 🙂

    • foodiefresh

      I always had great experiences with the group fitness classes at UNC and State. I think college exercise classes are usually pretty good because you have a young population that expects a good workout. I liked Zumba a lot because I had to concentrate on what I was doing and it made the 90 minutes go by so fast…AND because it wasn’t so “serious” just like you said. 🙂

  6. I always love a good Zumba class!

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