Is it appropriate for men to take Zumba classes?

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    Jun 16, 2013 3:37 PM GMT
    My gym has Zumba classes.
    I think it's so interesting.
    But no guys there.

    Is it appropriate for me to go and learn?
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    Jun 16, 2013 5:04 PM GMT
    Sure why not.
  • calibro

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    Jun 16, 2013 5:06 PM GMT
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    Jun 16, 2013 5:08 PM GMT
    You should try it.
    I have seen men taking zumba class at my gym.
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    Jun 16, 2013 5:31 PM GMT
    A lot of men take Zumba classes at my gym. Actually, there are more men than women in the morning Zumba classes.
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    Jun 16, 2013 5:54 PM GMT
    LA area, Men make up for 40% of these HUGE classes for Zumba.

    You might be the catalyst to get other guys to participate (for the record, I've never tried it..)
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    Jun 16, 2013 10:41 PM GMT
    As a male zumba instructor I will tell you yes it is absolutely ok. I went to the LA instructor conference this year and at least 40% of the instructors were male. I have men that take my class. Sure they aren't the majority but they are there and they get a kick ass work out. As more men teach it more men will take it.

    So yes definitely take it and see if you like it. Don't worry if it's a class full of women. They will love you.
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    Jun 16, 2013 10:45 PM GMT
    I dont wait for other men to make it ok for me to participate in an activity ..
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    Jun 16, 2013 10:57 PM GMT
    smh @ appropriate. I'd take a damn twerk belly dancing class if it meant me achieving the level of fitness desired.
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    Jun 16, 2013 10:58 PM GMT
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    If that's what straight guys wear to Zumba class count me out. I wanna see some knee!
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    Jun 16, 2013 11:07 PM GMT
    Man... do your thing. It's 2013.
  • pelotudo87

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    Jun 16, 2013 11:13 PM GMT
    I must preface this by saying that I have never seen nor participated in a Zumba Class...

    From an exercise science perspective:

    I think that it can be a great way to get started: not too intense, and you're around other people, so you can motivate each other.

    However:

    Zumba probably won't give you a "jock" physique. You probably won't build much muscle doing it. In terms of cardio for fat loss, a lot of research evidence says that HIIT cardio is more effective.

    Just my opinion...
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    Jun 17, 2013 12:44 AM GMT
    sure do it, i dont like zumba because i have two left feet and absolutely no dancing skills. i go to spinning where most of the crowd is girls, and the 2-3 guys that do show up look quite gay (including me).
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    Jun 17, 2013 1:05 AM GMT
    To me, Zumba is feminine.
    At my health club, on one side, you have to walk past the competitive fitness activities to get to the studio.
    You have to walk past the macho basketball players to go into a room with WOMEN.
    On the other side, you have to walk past the competitive racquetball players and squash players, with a manly, mixed martial arts class behind the squash court.
    To make it worse, you're a man in a class with dance music--and it has nothing to do with dancing with women to date and become a father, or to get a girl. You're emasculated. I'm from a different generation. For decades, when a man went somewhere where dance music was playing, it was about getting your manhood on.

    I might think it was okay if the Zumba teacher was a man and it was a men's only Zumba class (like basketball or outdoor all-men sports). But to be emasculated by a female Zumba professional, hell no.

    When I look at a guy in a Zumba class, I think, go to a real dance club and let a woman know you've got the Tom Jones sexuality of a real man.

    Dance music has been a social activity in my life not a prison yard of individuals into fitness. It is a sad state of what dance music used to be. You don't even dance together, you dance isolated in rows, with no social good vibes.
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    Jun 17, 2013 1:05 AM GMT
    We do have plenty of guys spining.
    I guess that's a reason why there're so many broken bicycles.

    Olympiclifter,
    Does it require a lot of ass shaking?
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    Jun 17, 2013 1:09 AM GMT
    [quote][cite]StephenOABC said[/cite]To me, Zumba is feminine.


    Are you serious? Sad case
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    Jun 17, 2013 1:13 AM GMT
    Turin said[quote][cite]StephenOABC said[/cite]To me, Zumba is feminine.


    Are you serious? Sad case


    Yes, Zumba is feminine.

    There's nothing competitive about it.
    It's not football.
    It's not basketball.
    It's not predominantly masculine. It's predominantly FEMININE.

    The strength of the man is not maximized in the class--it's unisex. Even in advanced ballet classes, you begin to see the strengths of the male body vs. the female body.
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    Jun 17, 2013 1:14 AM GMT
    And it's not just a generation thing where I see it as feminine and you don't. I gave you what I think distinguishes feminine and masculine.

    And the Original Posts says "But no guys are there."
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    Jun 17, 2013 1:18 AM GMT
    Like another poster said, you're not going to get your most MASCULINE body from doing Zumba.

    Hell, you get a more masculine body by doing Advanced Ballet or higher level ballet classes. And there, the women expect you to be STRONGER, a masculine trait.

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    Jun 17, 2013 1:27 AM GMT
    If you're a man who is over 34, out of the competitive sports years, then maybe.
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    Jun 17, 2013 1:31 AM GMT
    Who cares. It's aerobic dance
  • ThatSwimmerGu...

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    Jun 17, 2013 1:46 AM GMT
    Take the class!
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    Jun 17, 2013 1:50 AM GMT
    ....my Dad does it
  • MikeW

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    Jun 17, 2013 2:18 AM GMT
    Although the instructor is male at my gym, most of the participants are co-eds.



    *shrug* more guys take step, aerobic kick-boxing, that sort of thing.



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    Jun 17, 2013 2:23 AM GMT
    I take these classes all the time at my university.