Created with active seniors in mind, the Zumba Gold DVD is a fun-to-do exercise program that will get you into great shape, fast.
Popular with baby boomers, it is also a hit with people who haven’t exercised in a while and those who want a slower-paced Zumba workout that is very low-impact.
Also going by its full name of the Zumba Fitness Gold Live It Up Set For the Baby Boomer Generation, this 3-set Zumba DVD features upbeat Latin and rhythmic world music that will quickly have you on your feet, grooving to the beat. Do the workouts regularly, and you will be rewarded with improved muscle tone, a greater level of fitness and a clearer mind.
In this Zumba Gold review, we will look at an overview of the program, kit inclusions, a breakdown of the various workouts, plus customer feedback, to help you decide if it will be right for you.
Zumba Gold DVD Overview & Benefits
The Zumba Gold DVD is hosted by Zumba creator, Beto Perez, and baby boomer and co-creator of Zumba Gold, former Rockette dancer Joy Prouty.
The workouts are vibrant and energetic as one would expect from Latin-inspired dance-cardio class. The moves, however, are lower in impact and slower in pace. This means the risk of injury occurring is minimal. While you won’t sweat as much as you would when doing a faster-paced Zumba session, you will still get an effective workout that burns a lot of calories.
The moves in the Zumba Gold DVD are designed to enhance flexibility, balance, and hip strength. Some of the footwork can even help you avoid falls. For example, the basic Salsa move, which requires you step out to the side, is good practice for quickly shifting your foot out to catch yourself if you feel yourself slipping and about to fall.
Tapping into music and movement, along with gently working your joints and muscles, this “exercise in disguise” will reduce your body fat, strengthen your core, tone your trouble spots and improve your fitness and cardiovascular health. Zumba is also excellent for stress relief.
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How Much Free Space Will I Need to do Zumba Gold?
The dances you will be doing will require enough room for you to make three steps sideways and three backward. A free space approximately 7 or 8 feet across and 5 or 6 feet deep, should be more than sufficient.
Zumba Gold DVD Workouts & Kit Inclusions
Along with three workout DVDs, the Zumba Gold DVD comes with a pair of Zumba toning sticks and a lifestyle guide created for the baby boomer set, entitled the Zumba Gold LIVE IT UP Healthy Living Guide. We will take a quick look at each of these below.
• DVD 1) Step By Step
The first Zumba Gold DVD has a run time of 39 minutes. Entitled Step By Step, in this instructional DVD, Beto and Joy break down the steps of the Salsa, Merengue, Flamenco, and Cumbia into manageable chunks so that you can learn the moves.
• DVD 2) Cardio
This exciting and invigorating 46-minute cardio-dance segment commences with a 7-minute Warm-Up, before the pace picks up. Designed to burn fat, it will also increase your energy, build your stamina and endurance and improve your balance. It concludes with a 6-minute Cool-Down.
• DVD 3) Gold-Toning
Of 45 minutes duration, Gold-Toning focuses on strengthening and improve your muscle tone, working at a pace that suits you.
The Other Inclusions:
• Zumba Toning Sticks
The Zumba Gold Fitness DVD kit comes with two 1lb Zumba toning sticks. (Click the previous link to read a review.) Resembling maracas, these can be held and shaken during workouts to burn extra calories. They will also enable you to improve your muscle tone and fitness level, faster.
• Healthy Living Guide
The Healthy Living Guide contains tips that will help you get the most from the Zumba Gold DVD Kit. There’s advice from nutritionist Joy Bauer, including information on how to rev up your metabolism, lead a healthier lifestyle and defy aging.
Zumba Gold DVD Purchaser Feedback
With feedback from many hundreds of Zumba Gold Fitness DVD purchasers published online, reviews are, in the main, very positive.
Most reviewers so far have been women in the mid-40s to early 70s age bracket. The majority have described the pace as being just right and the workouts as being a lot of fun. Some started out overweight, suffering from arthritis in their knees or recovering from injuries. Some younger customers have also left positive feedback for the Zumba Gold DVD.
A number of people said the program has helped them improve their fitness level and balance. Numerous buyers have reported dramatic weight loss. Some are using it to enhance their strength and fitness so that they can later progress to more intense workouts.
While the Zumba Gold Workout DVD doesn’t have a lot of negative feedback, a few purchasers said they find it too slow. Some reviewers stated that they would prefer less talk and less down time. A few are disappointed that the Step by Step DVD doesn’t demonstrate the dance sequences from start to finish.
Zumba Gold DVD Summary
The Zumba Gold DVD should suit anyone who is looking for a dance-oriented low-impact, slow to mid-paced workout. More gentle than the average Zumba workout, Zumba Gold comes with the bonus of improving balancing. Good balance is critical for maintaining fitness and vitality. It is also a vital means of avoiding falls that could result in broken bones.
Created for senior exercisers, younger people who haven’t exercised before can use the Zumba Gold Workout DVD as a stepping stone on their path to fitness. Likewise, anyone who is obese or recovering from an injury.
Regardless of your age, if you are already reasonably fit, you may find the Zumba Gold DVD to be too slow and not enough of a challenge.