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July 10, 2012 3:49 PM
How many calories do you think or do you burn in 60 mins of Zumba?
Always wondered...Been at this for almost 4 years..
I am breaking a good sweat half way through the 2nd song...and totally wiped out by
the time the cool down is finished...
July 10, 2012 3:52 PM
You're best getting a heart rate monitor to tell you how many, the variation from person to person or what you're actually doing would be too big to make any sort of useless guess smile
July 10, 2012 3:57 PM
I'm actually an INSTRUCTO and have been for 2+ years. You are burning between 400-700 calories depending on your actual intensity level.
EX- Salsa low impact can be just side to side stepping, HJigh intenisty impact would comsist of hips moving and using your arms and all.

But I agree...Go grab a Fit Bit
July 10, 2012 4:01 PM
I just started zumba over the weekend. I didn't know what to add for the calories for it so i went to the search zumba calories someone said they burned up to 500 so i just took their word for whether i actually did i don't know. It has to be close those. I have the zumba wii. Are you doing classes or the game? I love it the upbeat music and the dances. What do you think of it?
July 10, 2012 4:02 PM gives a good estimate
July 10, 2012 4:03 PM
Zumba is fantastic. LOVE IT! Anyway, you can go to to get a pretty good idea of what you burn. It will have you put in your weight, time and intensity and give you a number. I have had friends with HRM's check the number and they say it is pretty close. Good luck!
July 10, 2012 4:04 PM
I wore a HR monitor and I burned just shy of 700 calories in 60 minutes.
July 10, 2012 4:16 PM
Thanks for the link...well it says 683 in 60 mins...which rocks...
I do the live much fun...time flys...
She is a mover and a shakers...arms going all the time...3 lb weights for 3, 4 min songs.
The way she explains her methods is...every body part should be fatigued by the time we are done...
She is right...some days my arms are shaking when I legs feel like jelly...
Her cool down is super relaxing but we are still moving arms, legs, hips and core....
Headed out the door now...for class...
I go at least 3-5 times a week...addicted!
July 10, 2012 8:08 PM Zumba was song tonight had 94 jumping jacks...glad to know about the zumba calculator...725 tonight...
Hard to know if it is right so I only put in 45 mins...600 calories feels like a safe number...
July 10, 2012 8:14 PM
Was just asking the same questionsmile ...found this website:

hope this helps.
July 10, 2012 8:16 PM
If I feel like puking after the class and my clothes are soaking wet, 550-650 calories. If not, 400-500 cals. That's just my way though...
July 10, 2012 8:18 PM
it depends on how hard I work it. Today i burned a 1000, but I think I might have been burning more. My thighs were sweating. lol
On a master class i burn anywhere from 1200 to 1300
July 25, 2012 4:00 PM
I just got my Polar FT 7 HRM this weekend and took a Zumba Class today. My HRM said I burned 808 Calories in 58 minutes! Not sure if it is correct, but I felt exhausted afterwards!
July 25, 2012 4:33 PM
I too have just discovered Zumba and am addicted! I love it! The intensity, the moves, the sweating . Just feels like and awesome and fun way to burn calories. I am glad to see the calorie tracker because i have a HR monitor watch ONLY ( no chest strap ) and i have to say it puts me wayyyyy low on the calories and i just cant believe that is correct. Maybe it isisnt set properly so i am going to go with the website count ( 400 - 700). I know i am putting in the effort and intensity.
July 26, 2012 8:10 PM
I've been doing Zumba for about 6 months. I bought a Polar FT4 HRM and it does have a chest strap, and it says I burn about 700 calories an hour. Its probably pretty accurate since the chest strap continuously monitors my heart rate and also calculates cals burned based on my age and weight. I really like it. Its motivating. I make it a goal to hit 700 cals per hour.
September 28, 2012 8:11 AM
Thanks. I was trying to estimate by comparing to dancing, but there is a difference because it is based on weight. Using the zumba calculator motivated me to continue because I burned 400 more calories than I estimated. I know that it felt like I had burned more...happy . Thanks again. bigsmile
September 28, 2012 9:21 AM
It will vary from person to person, but I wear my Polar FT7 to my class each week, and I burn about 750+ in 60mins. Before I got my HRM, I just used to estimate my burns.
September 28, 2012 9:28 AM
According to, I burn about 404 calories for a 50 minute workout.
September 28, 2012 9:30 AM
I burn between 400 and 500 calories in a 50 minute class. I heard that it all depends on the instructor though.
September 28, 2012 9:32 AM
I wear my HRM and I burn 606 in 60 min :)
September 28, 2012 9:32 AM
I was using a HRM but it was showing that I was burning only 250 calories at the most in an hours time. I stopped using it because I am sure that I burn so many more.
September 28, 2012 9:34 AM
I calculate it on ActiveTrainer, and according to my height(5'4") and weight (174), I burn just about 330 calories doing Zumba for 1 hour. I <3 Zumba!
September 28, 2012 9:35 AM

I just got my Polar FT 7 HRM this weekend and took a Zumba Class today. My HRM said I burned 808 Calories in 58 minutes! Not sure if it is correct, but I felt exhausted afterwards!

I just got a Polar FT7 also. I had always used the website to figure out calories burned (around 500 for an hour) but after wearing my HRM, I realized I'm burning between 650 and 715 most days. Zumba toning for me burns fewer calories (570ish) but I was still underestimating my calorie burn by just going off of the website. I recommend a HRM for accurate numbers :)
September 28, 2012 9:37 AM

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September 28, 2012 9:38 AM
In just learning the basic steps I burn between 250-350 calories an hour depending on how much I put into it, but I found when I was doing the actual class my calories burned went down. I attribute that to my lack of familiarity with what I'm doing. I wear a Polar FT7 during all of my workouts. I know as soon as I get all of the steps down, I will get an amazing workout!

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