Hi, New to this team. I burn about 550to 650 calories per class. Been going to a Zumba class for about 4 months, eating clean - have lost about 27 pounds. YES!!! Energy is way up. I look forward to my class daily.
Dolphin, if you haven't yet gotten a heart rate monitor, I highly recommend it. I just recently started using one during my zumba workout, and it really keeps me motivated--I'm not sure why. It's not only being able to see the calories I burn DURING the workout, but watching as I continue to burn calories for a few hours afterward. It feels incredibly rewarding to me.
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If you weigh more, you burn more, a person doing the same class but having say, my weight burns ALOT more than someone who is much smaller ie with 10 - 15 kilos to burn, particularly if you push yourself (and don't you just want to/feel like you can so much more with Zumba? I am constantly amazed and I know I do push hard and how quickly my body takes up the challenge? How quickly it's changed - I've done Zumba 45 mins most days (I mean at least 6 of 7 days a week) now since mid January, and how much my body shape is changing is constantly amazing me - and the scales too have budged a bit. I also usually work out with weights strapped to my wrists, only recently did I stop having them strapped to my ankles too.
You have to watch yourself though - at some point you're wonderful body is going to get used to it and you have to find other ways to push it - hence the weights for me.
If Zumba wasn't so awesome, I don't think I'd have managed to stay quite so committed :)
current weight: 264.0
Fitness Minutes: (6,564) Posts: 76 1/23/12 9:28 A
I also found this website www.zumbacalories.com that will calculate an approximate number of calories for you - and it asks what intensity you were working at. Of course a heart rate monitor would be more accurate.
I saw that it was grouped under a general dance/hip-hop/zumba workout in the tracker. When I calculated my time, it said I burned over 900 calories! I didn't think that was possible.
Of course, it assumed I was going all-out, which I was for most of the class, though towards the end I had to tone it down. So I imagine 900 would be the max I would have burned... and the fact that I'm quite heavy would account for why it's high.
I don't have a HRM, so I guess I have to go by how I feel.
I wear a HRM as well. I burn anywhere from 500-700 calories in an hour long class at my current weight. I was burning more when I was heavier, but my body has become more efficient! Which is a good thing.
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current weight: 144.4
Fitness Minutes: (47,238) Posts: 1,964 1/25/10 10:44 P
Like WEBSAM, I wear a heart rate monitor. I burn anywhere between 490 to 560 calories. A lot of my movement are modified due to stiff knees and shin splints. If I give it my all, I can burn a lot more.
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current weight: 164.0
Fitness Minutes: (47,238) Posts: 1,964 1/25/10 6:33 P
No it is not listed. I think it's because Zumba varies so much. Also since it is an interval workout, the intensity can vary. I used a HR monitor to find out what I burned, and then matched it up to cardio kickboxing. One person can do Zumba and rock it out hard core, and someone else can really work at a much milder pace - perhaps for a physical reason, but in any case, I burn the same as cardio kickboxing... you may want to consider a HR monitor so you can enter it in yourself.
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