Calories Burned During Zumba

May 26th, 2010

I’m a Zumba instructor and I was tired of guessing how many calories I was burned during Zumba class so I bought a Polar FT60 heart rate monitor. I’ve been wearing it for a couple of weeks now. Here’s a quick summary of how many calories I burned in recent classes:

Zumba
Minutes / Calories Burned
50 / 474, 60 / 733,  50 / 676, 60 / 734, 50 / 626, 50 / 810, 50 / 652, 50 / 790, 50 / 701, 50 / 779, 50 / 638, 50 / 668, 50 / 595
Average = 683 calories per class

Zumba Gold
Minutes / Calories Burned
50 / 461, 50 / 492
Average = 474 calories per class

What I learned is that the number of calories burned during Zumba varies widely depending on the content of the class. There are certain songs and dances that really get my heart rate up. For example, there is a significant increase in calories burned during those classes that include a quebradita (i.e. Zu Bailaito and Ritmo Caliente). Choreography that includes jumping or “riding a horse” also bump up the number of calories burned (Evacuate the Dance Floor, Jump in the Line, and Que Te Pica to name a few).

Stay tuned while I learn more from my new heart rate monitor! Zumba hugs!

May Zumba Music Playlist

May 24th, 2010

Time flies! Some of my May Zumba songs. Enjoy!

Telephone (Pop / Warm Up)
Lady Gaga

Obsesion (Bachata)
Aventura

Chaiyya Chaiyya (Zumba Toning / Bollywood)
Bombay Dreams

Salome (Salsa / Pop)
Zumba Fitness ZIN 24

Que Te Pica (Reggaeton)
Notch

A La Nena Le Gusta (Merengue)
Zumba Fitness ZIN 24

Zu Bailaito MIX (Quebradita)
ZIN Bonus Download

Boro Boro (Belly Dance)
Zumba ZIN 22

I Need to Know (Cha Cha)
Zumba Fitness ZIN Volume 25

Rain Dance (African)
The Very Best Featuring M.I.A.

Evacuate the Dance Floor (Pop)
Cascada

La Agarro Bajando (Salsa)
Zumba Megamix 4

Lean Like a Cholo (Zumba Toning / Latin Hip Hop)
Down AKA Kilo

La Negra Tomasa (Cumbia)
DJ Kane

Waiting in Vain (Reggae / Cool Down)
Bob Marley

Heart Rate Monitor for Zumba

May 9th, 2010

Enough guessing. I’m buying a heart rate monitor for Zumba.

I’m a Zumba instructor and I track my diet and exercise through a free online fitness diary called hotcal. Until now, I’ve been using the cardio exercise entry “Dancing, aerobic, ballet or modern, twist” to track Zumba. According to my height, weight, age, and sex; I should burn about 272 calories in one 50-minute Zumba class.

As an instructor, I exaggerate all of my movements and give 100% during each song of each class. After Zumba classes, I am drenched from head to toe in sweat. I don’t think 272 is an accurate measure of the calories I burn in a typical Zumba class. That is why I’ve decided to buy a heart rate monitor.

After a little research, I’ve settled on the Polar FT60 heart rate monitor. This hr monitor comes with the fabric chest band with the snap on/snap off electronic brain. The fabric band was important because I’ve used hr monitors with the plastic band with the built in electronics. It was very uncomfortable and I can’t image doing Zumba while wearing a hard plastic band around my rib cage. As I mentioned, Zumba makes me sweat hardcore. I need equipment that I can rinse or it will be ruined in no time.

The FT60 is not cheap, but I am also a long distance runner and biker. I don’t need a foot pod or gps capability now, but these are optional add-ons to the FT60. I would not like to buy another heart rate monitor any time soon, but I may want to accessorize later.

The other nice thing about the women’s FT60 is that it is attractive. The band is magenta and the face is white and silver with decorations on the face. If I have to wear this thing daily, I might as well like the way it looks.

Stay tuned as I try out my heart rate monitor for Zumba.Polar FT60 Heart Rate Monitor

Should I Buy a Heart Rate Monitor for Zumba?

May 2nd, 2010

I love teaching Zumba. I teach high intensity Zumba 4 times a week and Zumba Gold 2 times a week. I smile a lot and sweat a lot, but how do I know much exercise I am getting from Zumba class?

Until now, I have relied on free online calorie calculators and exercise diaries like hot cal to tell me how many calories I burn during exercise, including Zumba. I enter every food and beverage I consume each day and I enter every minute of exercise I do each day into hot cal. The site software uses my 1) Basal Metabolic Rate or BMR, 2) daily calorie needs based on my activity level, 3) net calorie needs, and 4) exercise bonus calories to calculate whether I’ve stayed within my daily calorie target to meet my personal fitness or weight loss goals.

I currently use the cardio exercise entry “Dancing, aerobic, ballet or modern, twist” to track Zumba. According to my height, weight, age, and sex; I should burn about 272 calories in one 50-minute Zumba class.

272 calories? That’s it? That can’t be right… Can it?

I think it’s time I invest in a heart rate monitor so I know exactly how many calories I burn in each Zumba class – not only for my own personal fitness, but to also allow me to use the music and moves that will get my Zumba class participants’ hearts pumping (safely, of course).

Stay tuned as I shop for my first heart rate monitor for Zumba!

April Zumba Music Playlist

May 1st, 2010

April showers bring May flowers! Some of my April Zumba songs. Enjoy!

Don’t Matter Calypso Remix (Calypso / Pop Warm Up)
Akon

Loba (Latin Pop)
Shakira

Baila Esta Cumbia (Cumbia)
Zumba Megamix 14

Salome (Salsa / Pop)
Zumba Fitness ZIN 24

Que Te Pica (Reggaeton)
Notch

Jump in the Line (International)
Harry Belafonte

Evacuate the Dance Floor (Pop)
Cascada

I Need to Know (Cha Cha)
Zumba Fitness ZIN Volume 25

La Morena (Merengue)
Zumba Megamix 14

Tigy Tigy (Reggaeton / Arabic)
Zumba ZIN Mega Mix 15

Brinca (Cumbia)
DJ Kane

Rain Dance (African)
The Very Best Featuring M.I.A.

Boro Boro (Belly Dance)
Zumba ZIN 22

La Agarro Bajando (Salsa)
Zumba Megamix 4

Na De Na (Pop)
Angel & Khriz

La Negra Tomasa (Cumbia)
DJ Kane

Banana Boat (Da-O) (International – Cool Down)
Harry Belafonte