Zumba Exhilarate Body Shaping DVD Set Review

Zumba is one of those fitness crazes everyone has heard about, but have you ever tried it? The most common way of getting into Zumba is by taking classes at gyms, fitness clubs, or community centers but that’s not always practical. Whether you’re too busy to make it to a class on a regular basis or you just don’t feel comfortable working out in a room with a group of people, DVDs are a great option.

There are a lot of Zumba DVDs available and they all have their pros and cons. One of the best sets is the Zumba Exhilarate Body Shaping DVD set.

A lot of Zumba DVDs are a single disk with one or two workouts and you’re just expected to go with it and not get bored, which is a huge downside! This set comes with seven DVDs as well as a set of toning stick “maracas” to help take your workout to the next level.

But, why is Zumba worth doing in the first place?

If you enjoy your workout you’re much more likely to stick with it and Zumba is just plain fun! You’re simply dancing and burning calories. While it’s a great cardio workout you’re also doing real dance routines that are fun to learn and master. The more into it you get the more calories you’re going to burn!

What Makes Zumba Fitness Exhilarate Body Shaping So Great?

The Zumba Fitness Exhilarate Body Shaping program is a high energy, snappy moving exercise program that will introduce you to the concept that exercise can be fun!

The music alone makes you feel like you have to get up and groove and the exercises look more like choreographed dance moves that will make you glad to work your body. When exercise is something fun, it’s easier to hit the changes you’re looking for with your body whether it’s losing weight or getting toned.

Zumba Fitness Exhilarate Body Shaping delivers what you want - and then some. While the lights are moving and the music is pounding, you’ll be so engrossed in the program, you won’t feel like you’re exercising at all, but you’ll see the difference in your body’s feel and shape.

What Do I Get With Zumba Fitness Exhilarate Body Shaping DVD Set?

Zumba Fitness Exhilarate Body Shaping will show you how to say goodbye to the pounds you don’t want and say hello to the fabulous fit you do. The seven-disc DVD collection features 7 total-body workouts and each routine utilizes varying levels of intensity to deliver an energizing workout that you'll want to experience again and again. Starting with a DVD that explains the steps to the routine, you’ll learn how to quickly master the moves to lose.

The next DVD in the set is a 45-minute "Activate" workout,  which gets you started with the exercise moves. The third DVD is the "Ripped" workout featuring the Zumba Toning program and breakthrough Zumba Sentao program - and it’s just like it sounds, helping you get the 6-pack abs and toned, lean body you’ve always wanted. Learning the lessons here will show you how to have a body that’s a work of art.

DVD number 4 is all about the Exhilarate portion of the program, where you’ll see what the fun is all about. It's a 60-minute "Exhilarate" dance-fitness party and you’ll know when you get to this DVD that the Zumba way is one of the very best ways to enjoy yourself while getting (or staying) fit.

In some cases, time can be an issue - but you still want to work out. For those times, the 20-minute "Rush" workout DVD in the set can give you a pared down, energetic workout to keep you going. It’s also a quick way to get started with the program once you check out the first DVD and learn what it’s all about.

You’ll also get a DVD labeled MIX. The "Mix" workout features rhythms from all over the world, which brings you some of the greatest moves you’ll ever see in a fitness program. Because this DVD is a little more detailed with the workout, you’ll want to check out the how-to steps first. Finally, a massive Zumbathon Fitness-Concert live class DVD where you’ll get to see it in action and get up and join in on the routine! 

So you get all of these DVDs, plus you also get two 1 pound toning sticks that you can use while you’re making your moves. You’ll also get some hints about healthy eating that can start the program off right for you. The Zumba Fitness Exhilarate program focuses on the fact that that exercising can produce results while still being fun - and it more than delivers on that promise.

What I Like

This set covers salsa, calypso, hip-hop, belly dance, and more all in one Zumba set. 

The toning sticks help you to burn even more calories and tone your muscles while you dance.

The thing that is really great for busy people is that there are several different workout lengths. You’ve got workouts going anywhere from 20 minutes to 60 minutes so you can look at how much time you have to dedicate to Zumba and pick from there.

One gripe most people have with Zumba DVDs is that they don’t always go over the moves and routines very well at the start. They just kind of go and you’re supposed to mimic the movements and try to pick it up in a “trial by fire” scenario. I love that the Exhilarate set has a breakdown of the movements so you can get briefed on it before you jump in. After all, the workouts are way more effective when you can actually do them rather than just try to do them!

What I Don't Like or Would Change

The tutorial 'step by step' DVD does not cover any of the hip hop dance style moves. It just covers the traditional Latin-based styles found on "Activate".

It can be very difficult to follow with the lack of sufficient cuing for some people.

The use of all the high tech lighting and the quick switching of camera shots can be very distracting to some people.

If you’re already at an advanced level, you may find this one a little tame.

My Recommendation

If you love to dance and you’re looking for a way to burn calories and get in a quick workout that you won’t dread, give Zumba Fitness Exhilarate Body Shaping a try. It’s perfect for beginners and intermediates and you’re sure to have a great time!