I'll go ahead and give my opinion which is not favorable. I found it to be a sub par work out. I'm really interested in how others feel as the gym I work out at is Zumba crazy. They don't have that many people in a class but class after class. And let me just tell you . . . it's not pretty.
Sure waiting for the Zumba fad to die. And I gather it is easier to teach than something like boot camp or harder work outs.
All I can say to Zumba is NEXT!
Well, nobody answered. I'll say this: when I was still able to go to the gym -- and hopefully I'll heal and get back there -- I never took group classes, I did my own thing, but I watched and it looked pretty silly to me. But it was vigorous movement, and any vigorous movement, and zumba is just based on a form of dance, will burn off what we eat. So yeah, it's as beneficial as any other form of vigorous movement I'd guess.
I think I'd rather walk in place for 2 straight days than do an hour of Zumba. :>)
I hope I'm not offending any Zumba lovers out there. But it has to be one of the only 'gym oriented classes' that also sells clothing specifically for it. Things that have ZUMBA on it. I see a lot of special kind of flaring capri pants for it.
Honestly do NOT get the appeal.
Never tried Zumba, but I've recently started doing Piyo and have seen results. Not sure much in terms of weight loss, but did lose 6 inches in various spots. I also like the Jillian Michael workouts.