Zumba 30 Day Challenge: Lesson 1 – Getting fit for summer the fun way

Helen Lee September 5, 2013 11

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There is no denying it, summer is coming and we’ve been on the lookout for a fun but calorie burning workout. So when Zumba contacted us to take part in their Zumba 30 Day Challenge at Fitness First St Leonards with star Zumba instructor Kathy ‘Bananas’ and our friend Tash from Breakfast with Audrey, we jumped at the opportunity to jump around like a goofball and work on our non-existent dancing skills.

Our first class was an intense introduction to the workout craze that has swept the world – Kathy told us later that you can burn anywhere from 600 – 1,000 calories per class (!) – and with sexy salsa dance steps we didn’t feel like we were being put through the same torture as a rowing machine at the gym would be doing. Instead we were giggling with Kathy and Tash while mistiming every other step.

But Kathy assure me that: “Zumba is not just for dancers, it’s absolutely for everybody. You don’t have to come from a background where you might want to be on So You Think You Can Dance. With each class you will find that it get easier, the more you come, the better you get at it. You feel more confident because you get better at it and you’re able to let loose and enjoy it more.”

Good to know!

Watch the video from Day 1 of our Zumba adventure below and stay tuned for more updates on our progress next week.

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We went to Fitness First in St Leonards for our 30 Day Zumba Challenge.


This post was sponsored by Zumba. All thoughts and comments are our own.


  1. Emilia September 6, 2013 at 11:49 am -

    That looks like so much fun, who knew a Zumba class could burn that many calories! Good luck with the challenge, I look forward to reading your next post about it.

  2. Sarah September 6, 2013 at 1:14 pm -

    Looking good ladies!

  3. Mel September 6, 2013 at 6:34 pm -

    I’ve always wanted to do Zumba but it looked so hard and full on in the TV commercials. This makes it look fun and do-able.

  4. Anisha September 7, 2013 at 7:13 am -

    Wow! Zumbo looks amazing – trying it asap!

  5. Mandy September 7, 2013 at 12:35 pm -

    Great Vid! I have always wanted to give Zumba a go and Kathy seems awesome.. I will definitely be checking this out!

  6. Ally September 8, 2013 at 10:55 am -

    Wow what a fun way to workout

  7. Kelly September 9, 2013 at 1:02 pm -

    ‘ wow trying zumba asap, looks awesome’

  8. Talia September 9, 2013 at 2:17 pm -

    Great video, I am going to head to my local gym and try out a zumba class!

  9. Patrice September 10, 2013 at 10:09 am -

    I have to admit that I’ve always thought the Zumba infomercials were a little cheesy, but I really like how you guys portrayed it! I may actually get some friends to join me in a class now.

  10. Cindy September 13, 2013 at 7:54 pm -

    It looks like a lot of fun! Never knew it could give you a full body workout!

  11. Beckie September 20, 2013 at 6:56 am -

    Zumba is a great form of exercise and so fun too! I attend classes once a week and I love it :-) thanks for sharing becks xx

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