Monday, August 17, 2009

Zumba by Beto Perez *****

Amazon Link for Pre-order Zumba

About the Author:
Celebrity fitness trainer Alberto "Beto" Perez is orginally from Cali, Colombia. Before creating and launching Zumba in the U.S. in the late '90s, Perez attended the Maria Sanford Brazilian Dance Academy, became an instructor and choreographed dance routines for high profile performers, including platinum album selling artist Shakira. He now resides in Miami, FL. The Zumba brand sells DVDs, CDs, clothing and workout gear at and

My Review:Zumba is a new weight loss program that combines diet with a Latin-inspired dance fitness routines. It is a great way to get the movement you need and have fun at the same time. There is a nice introduction by the author with personal stories and his motivation in developing Zumba.

Full body movement is the name of the game with Zumba. Although my reader review copy of the book did not contain the DVD that will be included with the book, there will be a 60 min. DVD with up-beat music described as Salsa, Cumbia, Reggaeton, and Merengue.

There is also a diet portion of the book described as “bodyshaping foods”. To get started there is a Five-day Express diet with specific foods to eat for each meal. All of the food listed in the 5-day diet is wholesome, healthy, and real food. You also get enough food at each so that you will feel satisfied. There is a detailed explanation of the food choices and several different choices of diets. I am very impressed with the food choices and the food combinations. I could live on this diet and never feel deprived or bored.

No diet and exercise program can perform magic, but his one has good, solid, and healthy information, and you will have FUN too.


  1. Zumba does sound like a fun way to fitness. And I'm interested in learning more about those "bodyshaping" foods. Thanks for your review.

  2. Nice review - I'd love to do the Latin-inspired dance. The diet ... I would have to do without - it has taken me many years to deal with several health issues and within the last year, I have finally found the correct foods to solve almost all of them - a book on culinary medicine was a great help for me. I truly believe that saying you are what you eat ...


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