How These Ladies Lost Weight and Kept It Off

We love seeing your #ZumbaTransformations on social media! These ladies caught our eye and are totally inspiring. Check out their stories for some inspiration to become your best self in Zumba® class and beyond.

Jennifer Abner 

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“After my mother passed away in 2013 from a stroke, I decided I wanted to make sure I was in the best possible health for my family.  If I could do anything to help prevent the same thing happening to myself, I was going to jump on it! When I started I was 305 pounds. Today, my journey is far from over, but I weigh 183! My goal for 2017 is to get down to 140 (my pre-pregnancy weight!).

Zumba helped me in so many ways. It was the only workout that I looked forward to doing because it was fun! Not only that, but it works! I wouldn’t notice the hour go by and was always dripping in sweat by the end of class. I’m actually bummed when class is over!

The best advice I can give to anyone wanting to start taking Zumba classes is to make sure you are in the right mind set – you have to believe that it can work for you! It will be hard starting out, but that’s the beauty of challenging yourself! If you go in with a defeatist mindset then you will never achieve your goals. Know that you WILL do it…..and you will rock it!!”

Meghan Evers

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“I was overweight my whole life but when my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011, it was a wake-up call that I needed to be healthy not just to avoid an additional risk factor for getting breast cancer myself, but also to take care of my mom. I decided that it was time to change my life but I had no idea how far I would be able to take it or how I would get there. My mom fighting cancer pushed me to fight harder!

Through working out and eating better I lost 120 pounds, discovered energy I didn’t know was possible and found a Zumba family of students and instructors that keep me motivated to keep pushing myself! Now my mom and I are able to celebrate our wins together, her against her cancer and me against a life of unhealthy habits and obesity. I wore an activity tracker, and there was NO other exercise that even came close to burning the same amount of calories as Zumba. My time was precious and I wanted to maximize my workouts and Zumba gave me the support I needed.

I always hear people say, ‘I have 2 left feet’ or ‘I’m not coordinated’, and they are too embarrassed to try Zumba. I tell them all the time that Zumba is fun no matter your age, fitness level or dance skills! Keep trying classes and find an instructor that you love. Talk to them about your goals, and get started!”

Maggie Engels

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“I was inspired to begin my transformation because I gained 63 pounds during my pregnancy with my daughter and felt like a prisoner in my own body. I wanted to recognize myself again, I wanted to look in the mirror and be proud of what I saw. I wanted to take my body back!

It took me 6 months to lose the weight, by exercising daily and following a strict nutritional plan.  Zumba has played a key role in reaching my fitness goals. I’m now in the best shape of my life- AFTER having a baby. Not only did I lose the 63lbs but I’ve continued to tone and gain muscle.

My advice to someone thinking about taking a Zumba class would be, TRY. Just try it! Don’t let fear of the unknown or fear that you won’t be ‘good enough’ hold you back.  No one is judging you. We’re all there to do the same thing. And maybe you will absolutely love it, and it will change your life. But you’ll never know if you place limits on yourself. You can do ANYTHING, just get out there and try!”

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Jennifer Lauren

Jennifer Lauren is a Zumba® instructor from New York. She blogs about teaching Zumba® classes and all things fitness at



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