Dancin’ with myself

Thursday, January 24, 2013 Permalink

Regular readers will know I’m struggling to find a gym in my new hometown. The two front-runners each only have one dance (Zumba) class a week and given my love of dance-based exercise, I’m struggling to feel even vaguely enthusiastic as I trial each of the gyms.

In all honesty I envy those who aren’t reliant on a gym or class-based exercise. I envy those who jump out of bed and head off for a run every day, or do their own homemade circuit sessions. I also envy those who simply insert a DVD or Wii or Xbox game and leap about their lounge room.

The latter is definitely a sore point for this green-eyed monster girl because I USED to be one of those people.

While in an exercising-frenzy at high school, I used to partake in a Jazzercise program, which aired back in 1983-84. Yes kiddies… there were no horses and carts, but we did have legwarmers, leotards and video cassette players. I’d record a few episodes and do a couple in a row before school each day.

And when I think back to the woman in the unbelievably conservative white leotard (worn attractively with black tights) I realise… we’ve come a long way baby!

And, on the subject of home workouts, I have a fabulous treat for my Aussie readers!

Zumba® Fitness Core, has just been released on Nintendo Wii and Kinect® for Xbox 360 in Australia offering Zumba-lovers or potential converts a way to “dance your way to a sexy six-pack!” And who wouldn’t want that?!?

PicMonkey-Collage-Zumba

It features 40 new songs from artists like Enrique Iglesias, Don Omar, Sean Paul, Kat DeLuna, The Donnas, Bob Marley and 33 international dance styles from around the world.

Apparently you can choose from 45 different pre-set classes (30 in the Wii version), or customise your workout to suit your preference, with this innovative new interactive fitness experience!

I have TWO copies of Zumba® Fitness Core (either Nintendo Wii or Kinect® for Xbox) to give away.

And… all you need to do to enter, is leave a comment telling me why YOU would like to win this fabulous new release. And although I’m keen to read your responses, winners will be drawn randomly.

The competition will close midday AEST on Thursday 31 January 2013 and is only open to Australian residents. This competition is now closed. Thanks and good luck to those who entered. 

As for my overseas readers, I’d still love to hear if you have tried exercise DVDs or games?  

Disclaimer:
I was offered a copy of the release to review, but declined given my lack of access to a Wii or Xbox. The two giveaway copies, however, have been provided by 505 Games, a global publisher of video games, and Majesco Entertainment Company. And if you’re not one of the lucky winners, the releases are available at all of the usual places!
67 Comments
  • Annaleis from Teapots and Tractors
    January 24, 2013

    Oh Deb I would love to win the Wii game. There are no classes anywhere near where I live – I think I could actually do this with the kids watching and joining in. Thanks for a great competition.

    PS I hope you find a solution to your gym dilemma soon!

    • Debbish
      January 24, 2013

      Good luck Annaleis… at least I have some gym options! (Frustrating though they may be!)

  • Nikki
    January 24, 2013

    I would love these even though I don’t have an x box or Wii. I do however have a good friend and a sister who both live in a rural area so there are no gyms around and we have to rely on dvd’s, Wii, X box etc. Or maybe it will mean I just have to buy a Wii which I have been wanting to do for a few years now. 😉

    • Debbish
      January 24, 2013

      What a good excuse Nikki! Good luck!

  • Char
    January 24, 2013

    I had to laugh at the memories that this post evoked. I too remember the special leotards of the 80s. I HAD a special leotard in the 80s. It was a hot pink shiny lycra one and I bought it with my pocket money from Target. And I thought I was hard-core when I wore it (alone doing exercises in my bedroom – hey, I wasn’t going to actually let anyone else see me in it). I wore it until it fell apart and one day it just never came back when I threw it in the wash. I still suspect my Mother of that hate crime.

    • Debbish
      January 24, 2013

      I actually spent ages trying to find some picture or reference to the show I used to watch on TV back in the mid 80s. I’m pretty sure it was just called Jazzercise and it featured a dark-haired woman (v.skinny, though with broad hips unless the TV made her look wide but flat?!) who ALWAYS wore a white leotard. I’m pretty sure she was American and suspect the show was made there as well. (Long before ‘Aerobics Oz Style’!)

  • Michaela C
    January 24, 2013

    Because I’m a lard who find normal exercise SO BORING.

    🙂

    • Debbish
      January 24, 2013

      Oh, don’t be like that! But… think about that sexy six-pack you could have if you win!

  • Vanessa @ babblingbandit.me
    January 24, 2013

    I’d really love to win because I’m saving up to get Ned a Wii or Xbox thingie for Christmas this year and I figure I should have some games on their too. Might as well make it a healthy one!

    Cool giveaway!

    • Debbish
      January 24, 2013

      Oh indeed. Plus I assume the ease of not having to OUT to exercise is preferable when you’ve got a little one at home and need babysitting etc!

  • jules
    January 24, 2013

    Ok so I am the US commenter but I have the regular Zumba for my Wii and I have used it a couple of times and once I get more confident with the routine it will be blast! My Wii is my workout buddy!

    • Debbish
      January 24, 2013

      Wonderful to hear Jules. I know you’ve mentioned trying a few new workouts recently!

  • Jess
    January 24, 2013

    Apart from the obvious drive to win (a sexy six pack) I would love to scare my household and open the blinds and scare my neighbors with my fabulous dance party by myself! And I’m dying to try Zumba but am yet to find a class that works.

    • Debbish
      January 24, 2013

      Well, doing it at home would be the next best thing I suspect! Even better there’d be no self-consciousness until you get the moves right!

      Deb

  • Jodi
    January 24, 2013

    I have always wanted to try Zumba, but would love to give it a go in the privacy of my own home first before I unleash my moves on the general public! 🙂

    • Debbish
      January 24, 2013

      Sounds like a good idea Jodi if that what makes you feel more comfortable! And you may well get hooked!

      Deb

  • Thanh
    January 25, 2013

    I want to exercise as well as learn some new dance moves for weddings and parties in the future =)

    • Debbish
      January 25, 2013

      Oh yes…. a former favourite Zumba instructor I had in Brisbane had some great moves. Her ‘party bottom’ (fast hip gyrations!) were my favourite. Am yet to go anywhere to unleash the moves on an unsuspecting public though!!! 🙂

  • elise
    January 25, 2013

    I’d love to try Zumba but i’m so uncoordinated I’d be too nervous to try it in public unless I could practice in private first. My new Xbox is helping my healthy eating plan loads. It’s the only thing I know that can distract me from chocolate.

    • Debbish
      January 26, 2013

      Oh wow, hadn’t thought of an Xbox like that… though I’m like that when I’m on my computer, writing!

      And yes, it can be nice to practise in private first!!!

      Deb

  • Erin
    January 25, 2013

    I need to win one of these ! after having my 4th child in september i am left feeling with a massive amount of weight to lose ,i have spent the last 10 years being over weight but i am now at the heaviest i have ever been and i would love to dust off the wii and get myself moving and hopefully find y zumba body.

    • Debbish
      January 26, 2013

      I suspect having exercise options available at home is essential when you have a baby to care for! Getting to a gym would be almost impossible!

  • Danielle K
    January 25, 2013

    I’d love to win because I really want to try Zumba, but am way to nervous to go to a class…no rhythm!!! 🙂

    • Debbish
      January 26, 2013

      Hi Danielle, yes, practising in the comfort of your lounge room is an excellent option! I find once you have some of the basic moves down you’re right!

  • Barbara
    January 25, 2013

    Zumba is a lot of fun! Wii exercise is something I should do more of this year. The kids can join in as well. I’m not entering contest….I’m far from Austrailia.

    • Debbish
      January 26, 2013

      No worries Barbara, but thanks for your comment! I love Zumba as well – well, mostly any dance-based exercise. I don’t have a Wii but know people who involve their kids in their workouts – a great idea!!!

      Deb

  • Margaret
    January 26, 2013

    Does working out to a record – Jane Fonda’s something or other – count. I can still remember the warmup to “Can you feel it” by the Jacksons.

    • Debbish
      January 26, 2013

      I guess so… for those who lived most of their childhoods BEFORE video!!! 😉

  • Nicole
    January 27, 2013

    My little one starts kindy this week zumba Wii would be the perfect thing for me to get back into shape 🙂

    • Debbish
      January 28, 2013

      It will certainly perfect for you to do in peace while your tot is at kindy!

  • Irena
    January 30, 2013

    I would love to loose some weight the fun way!

    • Debbish
      January 30, 2013

      Oh absolutely…. I struggle with any exercise if it isn’t fun!!!

      Deb

  • wendy _c
    January 30, 2013

    I’ve come to the conclusion that I actually HATE going to the gym.I feel self-conscious as I am over-weight and Im also badly co-ordinated. Everyone at the gym looks”perfect” in their designer gear and skinny bodies and I just feel like a huge blob with two left feet! However I still want to exercise and lose weight slowly in my own way. I love the idea of doing zumba in the privacy of my own home where I can exercise freely without being self-conscience or anxious and enjoy the music and have some fun! Thanks for a great giveaway 🙂

    • Debbish
      January 31, 2013

      You’re welcome and good luck Wendy!

  • Terri
    January 30, 2013

    I don’t have a gym in town but I do have a Wii. This would be the fun and inspiration needed to lose those kilos.

    • Debbish
      January 31, 2013

      Terri, I can imagine it would be difficult without access to a gym. I realise I shouldn’t take the ones I have available, for granted.

      Deb

  • michelle
    January 30, 2013

    Love to try Zumba am a shift worker find it hard to get to gym

    • Debbish
      January 31, 2013

      Oh yes, definitely Michelle. Good luck!

  • Maria P
    January 30, 2013

    So no-on else has to see my body wobble as I work out in the comfort of my living room!!

    • Debbish
      January 30, 2013

      I hear ya!!!

  • cher haining
    January 30, 2013

    This would be fantastic, I could work out, without worrying what I look like, or having to get someone to look after the kids

    • Debbish
      January 30, 2013

      Yes, very handy!

  • Di
    January 30, 2013

    I’m addicted to Zumba, and need some new routines & moves because as great as the current ones are, they’ve become so repetitious that I no longer need to see on screen what they’re doing, I just do it like a robot!

    • Debbish
      January 30, 2013

      Di, I must confess I sometimes find that with classes unless the instructor adds in new routines on a regular basis!

  • Diana O
    January 30, 2013

    For all the fun & fitness in my own home. No more humiliating classes, where the world can see how uncoordinated I am.

    • Debbish
      January 30, 2013

      Oh Diana, coordination can be very highly overrated!

      😉

  • Renee Ballantyne
    January 30, 2013

    The idea of just having fun while losing wait is a winner for me. I can’t stand gyms as i find them boring after a few weeks

    • Debbish
      January 30, 2013

      Renee, until recently I was quite happy with the gym but have to admit I’m struggling to get back into it now I’ve had a break away!

  • Rebecca Hillcoat
    January 30, 2013

    So I can get abs like the woman on the box.

    • Debbish
      January 30, 2013

      Oh yes indeed. B*tch!

  • Jasmine
    January 30, 2013

    I need to get my butt into gear. I lack motivation. I need someone/something to get me up and moving. I’d love to lose some weight – the easy way

    • Debbish
      January 30, 2013

      I wish there was an easy way, but it doesn’t seem to be out there. At least SOME exercise can be fun!

  • Leopold
    January 30, 2013

    I’d like to play it on the Kinect, would give my wife an even bigger laugh than when we crack out Grease: Dance. Also would lose some Christmas!

    • Debbish
      January 30, 2013

      I’ve never heard of Grease Dance – sounds like huge fun.

      I have a bit of Christmas to lose as well (as well as January, December, November, October and September!!!).

      Deb

  • karina w
    January 30, 2013

    I have no core muscle – i can’t even lift my back off the floor when I am doing crunches. I need this!

    • Debbish
      January 31, 2013

      Good luck Karina!

  • Rebecca Baker
    January 30, 2013

    Xbox 360 please

    Since having bub,
    I have turned to flubb.
    Always tired,
    And feeling Wired =(
    To exercise is what I need,
    And probably a healthier feed!
    But I really want to try harder,
    And be a bit smarter!
    So Zumba would be a great start,
    And be super great for my heart!

    • Debbish
      January 31, 2013

      Oh… love it Rebecca…. you made my day!

  • Charlotte
    January 31, 2013

    Thanks for the great giveaway!
    I would love to win the Wii game because making it to the gym I was signed up to from where I live was no longer a productive use of my time, and being a dirt poor student I couldn’t afford it anyway. I love staying active and saving time so this would be perfect, plus “playing” it on the Wii would make it feel so much more fun!

    • Debbish
      January 31, 2013

      Thanks Charlotte and good luck!

  • Tania
    January 31, 2013

    I’ve always feared the gym. Maybe it’s the fact that everyone already seems super fit and healthy and can seem to run on the treadmill for hours on end! The thought of running or working on any gym equipment for hours also seems a bit dull, boring and repetitive to me soI think Zumba Fitness Core would be perfect for me. I mean, I already dance around whenever I hear a good beat (and when no one is looking, haha) so making this my exercise and my way to get fit seems like a foolproof plan! Thanks and fingers crossed!

    • Debbish
      January 31, 2013

      Good luck Tania!

  • melanie w
    January 31, 2013

    Part of my new years resolution is working hard at becoming a healthy fit mama this would certainly see me on the right course!

    • Debbish
      January 31, 2013

      It certainly would Melanie.

  • Kara
    January 31, 2013

    I would love to win a copy of one of your games. Like most people out there I would love to have an easy on-hand tool to help me loose weight. What I like about this game is it looks fun enough to keep me motivated, not just now but in 6 months time too 🙂

    • Debbish
      February 2, 2013

      Hi Kara, unfortunately your entry was too late, but thanks for your interest!

      Deb

  • Arnold
    February 11, 2013

    I want to to thank you for this very good read!
    ! I absolutely loved every little bit of it. I have got you
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