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NICOLELARRI's Photo NICOLELARRI Posts: 58
4/19/12 8:53 P

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Thats what I thought, then I stumbled upon this old thread...Ill keep using that,It seems to calculate less calories burned then some other calculators Ive tried but Id rather count less than overcount.. works for me :-)

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AZULVIOLETA6's Photo AZULVIOLETA6 SparkPoints: (65,919)
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4/19/12 7:31 P

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What? Zumba has been in the tracker for as long as I've used Sparkpeople. It is listed as:

Cardio Dancing (including aerobic dance, Zumba, Hip Hop HUSTLE)

Dances: salsa (standard/LA), casino, rueda de casino, cumbia Colombiana, bachata, mambo, cha-cha-chá, merengue, reggaetón.

Currently learning: Mexican cumbia, danzón, Cuban rumba

Dances to Learn in the future: flamenco, tango Argentino, samba, belly dancing, bhangra, ballroom rumba


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NICOLELARRI's Photo NICOLELARRI Posts: 58
4/19/12 3:41 P

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So I read thru the posts and in checking the tracker, I see cardio dance (zumba) as an option..does anyone know if this is accurate now?? Or should aerobics still be used to track. I mainly doing the sculpt & tone and the 20min DVD's

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PHYNIXX's Photo PHYNIXX Posts: 3,374
8/8/10 10:55 P

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Thanks for your suggestions because I too was trying to figure out how to track my time/calories.

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IFFGIRL's Photo IFFGIRL Posts: 76
8/2/10 4:31 A

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Thanks for the clarification on high vs low impact aerobics! I agree that it totally varies by instructor; I have a clear favorite instructor partially because she has sooo much energy and is fun to watch, but also because I feel like I work twice as hard in her class as I do in other classes. I think it also varies by student -- I work way harder than some of the people in my class because my instructor will give us options, or use an easier step when she sees the class struggling. Also, how many calories you burn will depend on what type of shape you're in.

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7/29/10 9:57 A

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I set Zumba up in "favorites" and log it as 500 calories. I did this based on the fact that 30 minutes on the elliptical would typically burn 275-325 calories. My zumba class is 60 minutes, but there are brief breaks in between songs plus the cool down. SO I figure 500 calories is pretty safe.


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ENIGMAKAIROS's Photo ENIGMAKAIROS Posts: 19
6/1/10 9:44 A

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http://www.bodymedia.com/ (I recommend this one instead of the BodyBugg because it's less expensive, but they're both made by BodyMedia)

In short, it measures your exact caloric expenditure based on a variety of measurements. If you have really agressive weight loss goals (like myself - 100 lbs in a year) then it's truly worth it.

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5/31/10 12:16 P

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I go into other activities and use -Dancing: fast, ballet, twist. The calories for me are just over 500. This seems to be the most accurate for me.

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FREE@BME Posts: 20
5/28/10 5:53 P

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I value your post...THANKS! My class does a lot of jumping and is fast paced throughout the entire class. Interesting, I have never heard of a bodybug. What are they and where do you purchase one.

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ENIGMAKAIROS's Photo ENIGMAKAIROS Posts: 19
5/21/10 9:53 A

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Hey everyone - I haven't really seen anyone clarify, so I thought I would add this in case it helps:

Please keep in mind that low impact vs high impact has little to do with the amount of effort you're putting in as much as it has to do with your joints. If the Zumba class you attend has you *in flight* (neither foot in contact with the ground, e.g. running in circles or jumping up in the air a lot) then it's high impact. Doing a lot of moves, moving quickly, but still mostly in touch with the ground? Low impact. The calculator Spark uses to determine the calories for this is really not going to give you an accurate estimate for Zumba. Then add on top of that the fact that the level of workout you may get varies *GREATLY* from instructor to instructor, and there's really nothing left to say except get a heart rate monitor AND/or a bodybugg/gowearfit. I'm a Zumba instructor as as such I tend to go to many different classes to see what other instructors are up to. I can burn anywhere between 300 and 750 kcals/class depending on the instructor, and up to 850 in my own class (have to show extra energy when you're teaching!)

Best of luck and keep having fun, ladies!

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5/20/10 11:14 P

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Zumba class that I take doesnt include any weights or any circuits .. we dont even jump , all we do are light jacks and she even shows a variation for that.
So i agree that varies class to class.. since now they even have Hydro Zumba :)

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5/20/10 12:16 A

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I would log it under high impact aerobics or I have used dancing too. I just posted under another Zumba board....


I tested out Zumba with my HRM. I did the Zumba Fitness Basics (60 min.) with all the easy beats... I have to admit I only actually worked about 30-40 min. of that one because I FFW'd through the steps I already knew by heart.

THEN I did the Zumba Fitness 20-Minute Express (20 min.).

When all was done, I logged 1 hour and 5 minutes of exercise for both DVD segments on my HRM and it said I burned 509 calories, 35% of those being fat calories.

My maximum heart rate was 158 (93%) and average heart rate was 138 (81%). I thinks it's fair to say most of the heart rate rise was during the last 20 minutes for sure.


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CINDYD_42's Photo CINDYD_42 Posts: 115
5/19/10 11:28 P

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I posed the question to Spark Guy a few weeks ago. I track it under aerobics high impact. Believe me I feel it's high impact!

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CJANNESS Posts: 206
5/19/10 2:22 P

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I just manually enter 400 calories. I asked my friend yesterday who wears a body bug, and she is around the same height/weight and she burns 570! I would just rather enter less then more!

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IFFGIRL's Photo IFFGIRL Posts: 76
5/19/10 1:52 A

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sculpt and tone (the original ?) might be low impact, but it seems like the regular classes are high impact??

I use high impact aerobics when entering it into the fitness tracker, but I'm never sure. I wonder how we can petition to get them to add zumba as an exercise? I realize it would very by class, but so do aerobics and yoga and they have those!

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5/18/10 10:54 P

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I asked my Zumba instructor .. she says Low impact aerobic training

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5/17/10 11:06 A

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High impact aerobics here too!! emoticon

Luv ta Zumba!



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5/3/10 9:02 A

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I count it under hight impact aerobics.

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5/3/10 1:06 A

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I track by entering Zumba manually. I use a conservative approach: 10 calories per minute for an intense aerobic workout. I'd rather undercount than overcount. So, given that we are working out 40-50 minutes (not counting cooldown), I give myself 400-500 calories burned. If I get a heart monitor with chest strap, I'll get a better idea.
I know we burn a TON of calories with this workout, that's for sure!

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5/2/10 2:43 P

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IF YOU GO TO HEALTHSTATUS.COM AND ENTER YOUR WEIGHT, FAVORITE EXERCISE PER MINUTE IT WILL GIVE YOU THE AMOUNT OF CALORIE YOU WILL BURN. FOR EXAMPLE, WHEN I ENTER MY WEIGHT AND 60 MIN FOR MY ZUMBA CLASS AS HIGH IMPACT AEROBICS IT SAYS 581 CALORIES BURNED. HOPES, THIS HELPS FOR TRACKING ZUMBA.

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5/1/10 12:29 P

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Yep, that is what I understand too. I do it twice a week at a dance studio and know I have worked out. I agree that more calories are burned than 330. The sculpt and tone uses weights which I like

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4/28/10 10:32 A

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I wish I could help. I do two 60 minute classes a week at my local gym and use aerobic high impact for tracking. That gives me 330 calories burned but I've heard a 60 minute class can burn anywhere from 500-1000 calories depending on the individual.
Since Zumba is obviously very popular they need to add these exercises to the cardio tracker!!

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4/28/10 8:14 A

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I dont. I just started this wonderful Zumba. I just did the 30 minute cardio. and now im drinking my water. wow what a work out.

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4/27/10 8:33 P

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I need help figuring out how to track the sculpt and tone dvd in the fitness tracker. Any ideas

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