01/12/2012 05:16 pm ET Updated Jan 13, 2012

Zumba: Surprisingly Fun, But Does It Work?

My Zumba origins are humble. I was initially drawn to the Z, as I like to call it, because I wanted to be more limber and nimble. Yes, I was impressed that this combination of Latin dance and cardio workout can cause you to lose 500 to 1,000 calories per sweat-soaked, hourlong session. But my stronger motivator was a desire to remedy my somewhat Frankensteinian corporeal stolidity. There are parts of my body that have not moved since 1965.

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