How much Zumba does it take to burn off Thanksgiving dinner?

November 27th, 2013

How many calories does Zumba burn? In my informal calculations, I have estimated that Zumba burns approximately 10 calories every 10 minutes. Now, it’s important to remember that EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT so you may burn more or less than 10 calories every 10 minutes by doing Zumba.

How many calories does the average American eat during Thanksgiving dinner. Well, according to one graphic I found on the internet (see below), someone estimated 1330 calories in an typical Thanksgiving dinner.  That’s over half the amount of calories that average American female is advised to consume in an entire day. If it is true that Thanksgiving dinner consists of 1330 calories, it would take 133 minutes or 2 hours and 13 minutes of Zumba to burn off Thanksgiving dinner.

What’s the point? Choose what you eat wisely! Many Zumba studios, like Zstudio in Duluth, Minnesota for example, offer after Thankgiving “Turkey Burn” Zumba classes which is an extra long Zumba class offered to help you maintain your weight through extra calories of the holidays. Check with your favorite local studio to find out if they offer an after Thanksgiving Turkey Burn Zumba class.

Thanksgiving Dinner

How to Become a Group Fitness Instructor II – Get Group Fitness Certified

April 28th, 2009

Step II: Get Group Fitness Certified

As we now know, the first thing to do if you want to become a group fitness instructor is get CPR/AED certified. I was able to complete the course in a 5-hour class with a Red Cross-approved training company for $65.

The next step in becoming a group fitness instructor is to become group fitness certified. There are two major organizations that certify group fitness instructors and personal trainers – ACE (American Council on Exercise) and AFAA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America).

If you have a particular gym or studio you’d like to work at or a favorite group fitness instructor, ask which certification the gym, studio, or instructor recommends. Some gyms require all group fitness instructors to also be certified personal trainers.

My Zumba instructor recommended getting both AFAA and ACE certified. ACE is more widely recognized and more difficult to get so I chose to get ACE certified first.

ACE’s Group Fitness Instructor Certification process involves studying the ACE Group Fitness Instructor Manual and Master the Manual Study Guide to pass the ACE Group Fitness Instructor Certification Exam. I ordered the Basic Group Fitness Instructor Home Study Program for $139.95 + $18 s&h. You can also order these materials individually through ACE or Amazon.

The ACE Group Fitness Certification Exam can be computer-based or pencil-and-paper, although the CBT is offered much more often than the traditional method test. There is a $259 charge to take the CBT exam.

AFAA offers a Group Exercise certification. The AFAA certification process involves a full-day workshop including written and practical exams. The cost of the study guides, workshop, and exam is $299.

Don’t be shy! Let your gym, studio, and instructors know you’re pursing the instructor certification – they could give you advice and it could get you a job when you complete your certification.

More to come on this topic! See also, How to Become a Group Fitness Instructor I – Get CPR/AED Certified.