I've been so busy as of late that to be honest, I have really neglected the whole "exercise thing". My life is hectic an busy like anyone else's and while I do try to squeeze in some squats and lunges here and there, overall my fitness routine has been sorely lacking. I had the opportunity to purchase a number of Zumba products at a 40% discount so I thought, "Hey, why not? Let's give it a try!"
Read on for my Zumba 3 Day Shakedown DVD Set review
Day 1/ Disc 1
This set comes with 3 DVDs and 6 total workouts. If you're going for the 3 day jumpstart your fitness routine work out then day one will be as follows:
First workout contains the instructions to learn the basic steps for the different dances and moves you will learn later. I thought the pace was good and fairly easy to follow. If you have done Zumba before or are a really suavecito dancer, then you will catch on with no problem. If not, you may need to take this slow and rewatch several times to master some of the steps. Or, if you're like me, you won't master certain steps (cough, cough, reggaton why do you hate me? Cough, cough) In that case, I just try to move to the beat and keep my heart rate up even if it looks totally whackadoodle. After all, this is why I exercise *at home*. No one has to see how truly frightening my lack of coordination in. HA!
The next DVD has the same songs as the first one, so it all seems very familiar. There were definitely moments I felt were challenging, but I felt really good by the end.
I really appreciate the warm up and cool down sections that are in these longer DVDs. I think that's why you don't feel completely kicked in the but at the end. I really think the warm up and cool down makes suuuuuch a difference.
The last DVD for the first day (yes, this is all one day?!) is the Ab Extravaganza. This DVD is shorter and contains some floor activities. I grabbed my pilates mat and laid it out on the floor. The session was intense to me and I actually gave out during those floor exercises. I should have powered through because its not very long, but between already doing the previous to works outs that were each 1/2 hour long and not being able to easily see my ipad to get the moves and simultaneously keep form, I was kind of like "whatever!"
Granted, most people will be watching the DVD on a TV screen which would be easier to look at while doing the exercises. I opted to use the digital versions that came with the sets via VUDU and stream them from my ipad with bluetooth headphones in. This way I didn't disturb anyone else in the house nor did I make anyone curious about where the funky music was coming from and instead I could get my zumba on in private and keep the few remaining shreds of dignity I have.. :p hehehe
Day two consisted of Zumba Max 1 & 2 and a 30 minute intense session. Again, I did not make it through all of these on one day. I just didn't have an hour and 30 minutes to jump around. So I spread the workouts over the next few days.
Zumba Max 1 was pretty good. Again, I always appreciate that warm up and cool down. Some of the moves in this session were too fast for me, I'm just not good at them. So, as I mentioned earlier, I just do my own thing when it comes to those sections.
Zumba max 2 was pretty cool. It had some more unique world rhythms including some Indian styled music. I really enjoyed that diversity. It had the same warm up as the Zumba Max 1, I noticed and this one ended with a seemingly long cool down, which was really nice. I was wearing out and checked the time bar a couple of times. I assumed there would be at least one more high energy song before. A cool down, but to my surprise and happiness, there was just a cool down. Yay!!
The last session was the 30 minute one. I couldn't decide how I felt about the instructor of this one. He reminded me of Shaggy from Scooby Doo for some reason. Or at least that actor that played him in a movie one time. I kind of liked the pace of this one, because sometimes he went quite slow and you could really potentially pick up the steps. Still, I just cannot get that regaton situation. I enjoy the beat of it, but my body won't follow and keep up with the moves! UGH! On the other hand, this one made me realize even more how much I love salsa, Cumbia, and merengue.
Day 3's plan was to do the Max 1 & 2 sessions along with the Ab Extravaganza again. I did not do this. I am writing this review after completing each DVD.
The set came with 3 protein shake pacakages to try.
1. Mocha: I mixes this with Cashew milk and a frozen banana. I enjoyed the slight coffee taste and there was a very fine grit, but overall I was pleased with the texture. Some protein shakes are soooo gritty.
I purchased the Zumba 3-day Shakedown DVD Set at a 40% discount to test and review. Opinions and muscle fatigue are my own!
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