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Old 04-07-11, 10:54 AM  
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Zumba or Rockin' Body???

I've been debating about both of these sets for a LONG time now, and I still can't decide!

I'm currently looking at the Zumba set on QVC that I believe is the Transformation set, with the "concert" workout thrown in, and the audio CDs.........and the main Rockin' Body set on Mary's Beachbody site. (EDIT: The Zumba set is quite a bit more expensive, but I'm not worried about that, since I have some money earmarked for workouts)

(Also, I HAVE tried Zumba dances off Youtube and I enjoy those a lot. Taking a live class is not an option for me at this time)

Which one should I get? I see so many raves about both...

Both sets seem to me to be of similar intensity as far as I can tell, and both seem to be the type of thing where it totally depends on how much you put into it anyway.

Anyone have both of these and could offer some compare and contrast?
Anyone have/tried one or the other and would like to rave or rant? Any info is useful to me.

Also - are the Zumba toning sticks kind of like Fitstix in that they have some sand or something in them that moves inside and gives it a little boost? (I've also been considering Fitstix for a long time because some people have said they're good for preventing elbow pain, etc)
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Old 04-07-11, 11:13 AM  
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I have both of these (Zumba and Rockin' Body) and although I love live Zumba classes, I'd have to say I enjoy the Rockin' Body DVD's more! For my money, they have a higher energy vibe and a greater variety of movements.

Also, I had the FitStix and didn't like them, but I do like the Zumba toning sticks. I think the FitStix were a bit longer and they were definitely noisier! The Zumba toning sticks fit my hands better and the "shaking" sound doesn't annoy the crap outta me!
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Old 04-07-11, 11:41 AM  
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I Don't have any Zumba DVD but I love live classes. Zuimba is one thing I can't imagine doing with DVDs. My vote is Shaun T and live classes.
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Old 04-07-11, 11:52 AM  
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I just tried Rockin' Body and wrote a review of the one DVD (includes Rock It Out, Rockin' Abs, and Booty Time). I liked it overall, but I was expecting all dance cardio--so, I was pretty surprised when Shaun & crew picked up weights for Rock It Out! It's sort of AWT and does have a strong cardio effect, but if you are looking for just dance, it might not be your thing.
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Old 04-07-11, 12:11 PM  
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I just tried Rockin' Body and wrote a review of the one DVD (includes Rock It Out, Rockin' Abs, and Booty Time). I liked it overall, but I was expecting all dance cardio--so, I was pretty surprised when Shaun & crew picked up weights for Rock It Out! It's sort of AWT and does have a strong cardio effect, but if you are looking for just dance, it might not be your thing.
The other dvd in the set has four cardio workouts (15, 25, 35, 45 minutes). If you're just looking for the cardio, another option is to look for just that DVD second hand, as the two are often sold separately. I bought it that way on Amazon marketplace with no problem.
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Old 04-07-11, 12:23 PM  
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I have everything mentioned above and use the Fitstix with Shaun T. the most from all of the above
The Zumba sticks do not flow as well and can be jarring to the joints so I wouldn't recommend them for problematic elbows.

Though I use the Fitstix with the Rockin Body cardio, I actually prefer the Rock It Out dvd with them and sometimes go to slightly heavier homemade XCO trainers which are just Pringles or Lays chip cans 2/3 filled with rock salt (or can fill just half way for a Fitstix substitute).

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Old 04-07-11, 12:24 PM  
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Thanks for the info and ideas so far! Keep 'em coming!


I knew that Rockin' Body had some toning stuff in it, and I'm cool with that. A) I happen to be kind of a fan of systems, and B) if it's AWT, that works for both for me anyway.

It's less specifically the dance I'm looking for and more that I want FUN workouts that are somewhat lean on complicated choreography and something that is a good workout but won't KILL me. I already have a lot of killer workouts that leave me drained and heavily worked when I'm done. Now I want some that leave me feeling energetic and happy.
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Old 04-07-11, 01:40 PM  
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I have both and think Rockin' Body is more fun with better music.
I bought one of the Rockin' Body DVDs on Amazon for $8 IIRC and found the other at Half Price Books for $4.
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Old 04-07-11, 01:48 PM  
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I had both, I still have Rockin Body. I gave away Zumba because the movements were so repetitive, and didn't feel good to my body; my favorite dance, Salsa, is hardly represented, and I felt the music was the same song over and over--where they just keep saying "zumba" in the lyrics all the time. And there's a song that sounds like kids are singing it that I didn't care for. As for Rockin Body, Shaun T is fun and the vibe is pretty fun as well. As someone already said, the movements are more varied.
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Old 04-07-11, 02:10 PM  
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Rockin' Body sure seems to be winning out here, doesn't it?


Now that I think about it...as far as shirtless men go, I find Shaun T to be way more appealing (in many ways) than Beto.
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