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How Many Calories Does Zumba REALLY Burn? Here’s the answer…

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fb zumbaZumba is a fitness program combining Latin dance, aerobics, and unweighted exercises such as lunges and squats.

More than 110,000 health clubs around the world offer Zumba classes.

John Porcari and colleagues from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse found that Zumba was effective and fun.

People burned nearly 10 calories per minute and increased heart rate to between 140 and 184 beats per minute during a 50-minute Zumba class.

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Zumba will improve fitness and promote weight control. (Ace Fitness 11/2012)

Source: FitnessRx

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  1. Asheley Justice

    October 12, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    Just pointing one thing out to those who are saying 1,000 calories per minute in a class is unlikely. This article clearly states approx. 10 calories per minute. Most Zumba classes last around 50 minutes. Correct if I’m wrong but that’s only 500 calories. Now being a bigger girl and having don’t Zumba with a friend I know that I burn more calories. We used the xbox thing that records you doing it. We both burned well over 500 calories. Close to 800-900 calories. Just saying. Different weights take more energy/calories to move. Weight matters. A person weighing 120 will burn way less calories than someone who weighs 320.

    • Linnea

      November 2, 2014 at 11:52 am

      Yes, I often want to know 10 calories per minute for what size person? But yes you are correct…. most times I figure they are basing on a 150lb person. But I could be wrong. I just wish they would be more accurate.

  2. Crystal Murphy

    October 12, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    I think I need too lol

  3. Donna Spencer

    October 12, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    When you going to join me Crystal Murphy

  4. Holly Brisby King

    October 12, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    Isn’t movement better than none at all? Why do people question why one workout is better than another?

  5. Patty Linares

    October 11, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    I use my heart rate monitor and average 425 calories or so.

  6. Brooklynn Sheldon

    October 11, 2014 at 11:47 am

    It depends on the person and their weight.

  7. Perfectly Flawed Walker

    October 11, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Depends on the individual

  8. Kathy Brimer

    October 11, 2014 at 8:00 am

    I love zumba lost 95 pounds doing it

  9. Lexie Pagayon-Ignas

    October 11, 2014 at 1:55 am

    I agree with you Megan Railey, I use to wear the bodybugg personal calorie management system when i do my workouts and one time there’s another student in the Zumba class I was at that was wearing the same calorie management system. She was about 50lbs heavier than me and at the end of our class we compared and surprisingly I only burned about 550 calories and she burned about 800, I was doing “more intense movements” than her and I was “more drenched in sweat” than her.

  10. Cheryl Hudson

    October 11, 2014 at 12:20 am

    I burned 567 calories at my last Zumba class.

  11. Megan Railey

    October 10, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    Nope. Your weight directly effects how many calories you burn. It takes more work to move around a big body than a little one. That’s why your calorie intake depends on your weight. Weight loss apps and even weight watchers base calories burned or points earned on your weight along with the activity. You’d have to be pretty heavy for an hour of zumba to equal 1,000 calories

  12. Edna Deloris Hunt

    October 10, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    You would still burn the same amount of calories no matter how much you weigh 60 minutes of ZUMBA you will burn close to 1000 calories

  13. Trish Brown Martinez

    October 10, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    I love zumba it really gets me going just started it to.

  14. Megan Railey

    October 10, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    That’s not accurate at all. Somebody who weighs 200 pounds is going to burn more than someone who weighs 100.

  15. Teri Timmons

    March 2, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    Don Wulff thats too funny!Before I got promoted my Deli Mgr used to eat numerous donuts and wash them dowm with diet coke.I never understood the point!Lol

  16. Patty Linares

    March 2, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    I got a heart rate monitor. I usually burn between 5 and 6 hundred..

  17. Angie Perez

    March 2, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    Thinking of doing it again.

  18. Teresa Coney

    March 2, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    I had a friend who wore one of those things that tell you and she burned 960 calories in one hour of Zumba at our gym!

  19. Lauren Anastasopoulos

    March 2, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    Zumba is the best!!!

  20. Amanda M Dotson

    March 2, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    My HRM usually ranged between 750-1200 calories for a 50 minute class. The more you put in it, the more you get out of it. We always seemed to “level up” on several songs.

  21. Donald Wulff

    March 2, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Teri Timmons, when I lived in Berea I used to play volleyball a couple of nights a week. The gymnasium was used for jazzercise (bouncercise) before. Most of the ladies were large! They would bring homemade cakes and pies to eat afterward. It was the funniest thing I ever saw. We called them the pie ladies.

  22. Tammy Carman

    March 2, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    So at least 600 calories in Robert’s class!! I think it may be more bc he really gets us movin’ it!!!

  23. maryann buchanan

    March 2, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    i just started zumba i love it but i am not a spring chicken and over weight so i can only last about 30 minutes but i am trying

  24. Ro Gresham

    March 2, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    Up to 1000 calories depending on your workout

  25. RiP-it Fit Reta Ptak

    March 2, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    Also depends on how hard u work it-!! LOVE ZUMBA ♥

  26. MaRtha PeRez PeRez

    March 2, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    It’s movement and its fun. Plus it makes working out enjoyable that you actually want to return.

  27. Patty Yaddow Ferguson

    March 2, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    Does it matter? Your up and moving your muscles and burning some.

  28. Rita Mild

    March 2, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    I wouldn’t even care if it was far less. Its sooooo fun!:-)

  29. Stacey Ambrose

    March 2, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    It depends on your weight, your age, your body composition (how much muscle versus fat you have) and how intense you go as well as duration of work out.

  30. Leslie Kirkpatrick

    March 2, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    I did the same Brenda…rarely below 900 up to 1100. Love it!!!

  31. Susan Winkler

    March 2, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    I love Zumba

  32. Brandon Goode

    March 2, 2014 at 4:05 pm


  33. Brenda Montgomery Brush

    March 2, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    I’ve used my HRM to calculate… Depending on the class, I’ve burned anywhere from 650 – 1100 calories in an hour.

  34. Jody Garcia

    March 2, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    Jazzercise is better ! 🙂

  35. Bridgette Lynn Hammond

    March 2, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    I heard 1000 calories in a hour

  36. Desiree Hayes

    March 2, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    Blanca Lopez Gamez

  37. Belinda Bice

    March 2, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    It’s not all about what you lose but rather what you gain…

  38. Sharla Webster

    December 31, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Love zumba, just bought gold for older coworkers, love that one too

  39. Christian Sims

    December 31, 2013 at 6:56 am

    I love Zumba! I have to wait till after August when I give birth to start it again.

  40. Jennifer Miller

    December 30, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    I just came from zumba!! Love it!

  41. Erika Harris

    December 30, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    LOVE Zumba!!! Each person is unique and the amount of calories burned varies from the intensity you put into it. I’m going to a class tonight.

  42. Michelle Rossignol

    December 30, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    Going to my FIRST Zumba class. A lil intimidated. 😉

  43. Wendy Stegle-Wallace

    December 30, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    Love love Zumba…especially now that I have Apple TV and I can YouTube my favorite songs …for free!! It is just like jazzercise….just different dance . It’s all good …as long as we are moving!

  44. Sissy Frost

    December 30, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    I’ve lost 100 lbs with Zumba. You can burn over 1000 calories an hour with the right routine, and especially if you are carrying “extra weight” like me.

  45. Jody Garcia

    December 30, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    Jazzercise is better!

  46. Irene Umek Cubrilo

    December 30, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    Never tried zumba. But i loved the aqua zumba

  47. Teresa W Mason

    December 30, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    I love zumba!

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