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

Minnesota Zumba Party Hearty – Sunday, May 22, 2011

May 18th, 2011

Another Zumba Party Hearty is coming to Minnesota. Join your favorite instructors this Sunday, May 22, 2011 at Oak Grove Middle School in Bloomington, Minnesota.

Registration starts at 11:15am and the Zumbathon starts at 12:00pm. The cost is $10 for over 90 minutes of Zumba with 13 Zumba instructors from across the Twin Cities. 75% of the proceeds go to benefit the American Heart Association. Zumba has raised over $655,000 for the American Heart Association’s Go Red Por Tu Corazon Movement so far through Zumba events.

Photographer James Flint from Flint Images in Lakeville, MN will taking professional photos at the event. Zumbawear will be for sale at the event. There will also be door prizes including massages, t-shirts, and Minnesota Twins baseball tickets.

Oak Grove Middle School
1300 W 106th Street
Bloomington, MN 55431

For more information, visit the Facebook event page:


Minnesota Zumba Party Hearty – Saturday, March 26, 2011

March 23rd, 2011

The Zumba Party Hearty Minnesota is coming to the VIP Olmeca nightclub in Burnsville, Minnesota on Saturday, March 26, 2011.

Registration starts at 12:00pm. The cost is $10 and parking is free. Zumba begins at 1:00pm. This event will feature:

  • Live drums with Lidia Berman “Conga Queen”
  • Demonstration of Zumba for kids by the ZumbAtomic Team
  • Live music by Principes Negros
  • Performances by Latin Flavor on stage
  • Live DJ by Deejay Nuyo mixing your favorites Zumba Hits

Dress to impress in your favorite workout wear, but remember: You will be exercising and sweating! You may also want to wear red – 75% of the ticket fee supports the American Heart Association. Party Hearty Zumba events across the country have raised nearly $400,000 USD as of the date and time this article was originally posted. That is amazing!

For more information, visit the Facebook event page at


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.

Best Movie Soundtracks

April 20th, 2009

Last week, American Idol had Quentin Tarantino as a guest and the contestants performed songs featured in movie soundtracks. I could not believe the garbage the contestants picked out of all the wonderful movie soundtracks that exist.

Here are my top ten best movie soundtracks arranged by movie release date:

Urban Cowboy (1980)
1. Hello Texas – Jimmy Buffett
2. All Night Long – Joe Walsh
3. Times Like These – Dan Fogelberg
4. Nine Tonight – Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band
5. Stand by Me – Mickey Gilley
6. Cherokee Fiddle – Johnny Lee
7. Could I Have This Dance – Anne Murray
8. Lyin’ Eyes – Eagles
9. Lookin’ for Love – Johnny Lee
10. Don’t It Make Ya Wanna Dance – Bonnie Raitt
11. Devil Went Down to Georgia – The Charlie Daniels Band
12. Here Comes the Hurt Again – Mickey Gilley
13. Orange Blossom Special – Gilley’s Urban Cowboy Band
14. Love the World Away – Kenny Rogers
15. Falling in Love for the Night – The Charlie Daniels Band
16. Darlin’ – Bonnie Raitt
17. Look What You’ve Done to Me – Boz Scaggs
18. Hearts Against the Wind – Linda Ronstadt

Valley Girl (1983)
1. Million Miles Away – The Pilmsouls
2. Johnny, Are You Queer? – Josie Cotton
3. Eyes of a Stranger – Payola
4. Angst in My Pants – Sparks
5. Who Can It Be Now? – Men at Work
6. Everywhere at Once – The Plimsouls
7. I La La La Love You – Pat Travers
8. He Could Be the One – Josie Cotton
9. Love My Way – The Psychedelic Furs
10. Jukebox (Don’t Put Another Dime) – The Flirts
11. Fanatic – Felony
12. She Talks in Stereo – Figures, Gary Myrick & The Figures
13. Oldest Story in the World – The Plimsouls
14. School Is In – Josie Cotton
15. I Melt with You – Modern English

Pretty in Pink (1986)
1. If You Leave – Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
2. Left of Center – Suzanne Vega
3. Get to Know Ya – Jesse Johnson
4. Do Wot You Do – INXS
5. Pretty in Pink – The Psychedelic Furs
6. Shellshock – New Order
7. Round, Round – Belouis Some
8. Wouldn’t It Be Good – Danny Hutton Hitters
9. Bring on the Dancing Horses – Echo & the Bunnymen
10. Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want – The Smiths

Batman (1989)
1. Future – Prince
2. Electric Chair – Prince
3. Arms of Orion – Sheena Easton, Prince
4. Partyman – Prince
5. Vicki Waiting – Prince
6. Trust – Prince
7. Lemon Crush – Prince
8. Scandalous – John L. Nelson, Prince
9. Batdance – Prince

Pure Country (1992)
1. Heartland – George Strait
2. Baby Your Baby – George Strait
3. I Cross My Heart – George Strait
4. When Did You Stop Loving Me – George Strait
5. She Lays It All On The Line – George Strait
6. Overnight Male – George Strait
7. Last In Love – George Strait
8. Thoughts Of A Fool – George Strait
9. The King Of Broken Hearts – George Strait
10. Where The Sidewalk Ends – George Strait
11. Heartland – George Strait

True Romance (1993)
1. You’re So Cool – Hans Zimmer
2. Graceland – Charlie Sexton
3. In Dreams – John Waite
4. Wounded Bird – Charles & Eddie
5. I Want Your Body – Nymphomania
6. Stars At Dawn – Hans Zimmer
7. I Need A Heart To Come Home To – Shelby Lynne
8. Viens Mallika Sous Le Dome – Howard Blake
9. (Love Is) The Tender Trap – Robert Palmer
10. Outshined – Soundgarden
11. Amid The Chaos Of The Day – Hans Zimmer
12. Two Hearts – Chris Isaak

Clay Pigeons (1998)
1. Timebomb – Old 97’s
2. Another Perfect Catastrophe – Firewater
3. Moon over Montana – Jimmy Wakely
4. Everybody’s Talkin’ – Tonic
5. Sea of Heartbreak – Don Gibson
6. 1229 Sheffield – The Verve Pipe
7. Almost New – Sara Evans
8. Teach Me About Love – Lyle Lovett
9. Let Your Love Flow – Sister Hazel
10. Stop the Clock – Tonio K.
11. Moody River – Pat Boone
12. Clay Pigeons (The Ballad of Lester Long) – Collapsis

Sliding Doors (1998)
1. Have Fun, Go Mad – Blair
2. Drug Soup – Space Monkeys
3. Turn Back Time – Aqua
4. Good Enough – Dodgy
5. Thank You – Dido
6. Use the Force – Jamiroquai
7. Miracle – Olive
8. On My Own – Peach Union
9. Amateur – Aimee Mann
10. Honky Cat – Elton John
11. Don’t Feel Like Cryin’ – Abra Moore
12. Call Me a Fool – Those Magnificent Men
13. More Love – The Brand New Heavies

50 First Dates (2004)
1. Hold Me Now – Wayne Wonder (original by The Thompson Twins)
2. Love Song – 311 (original by The Cure)
3. Lips Like Sugar – Seal featuring Mikey Dread (original by Echo and the Bunnymen)
4. Your Love (L.O.V.E. Reggae Mix) – Wyclef Jean featuring Eve (original by The Outfield)
5. Drive – Ziggy Marley (original by The Cars)
6. True – Will.I.Am & Fergie (original by Spandau Ballet)
7. Slave To Love – Elan Atias featuring Gwen Stefani (original by Roxy Music)
8. Every Breath You Take – UB40 (original by Sting and The Police)
9. Ghost In You – Mark McGrath (original by Psychedelic Furs)
10. Friday, I’m In Love – Dryden Mitchell (original by The Cure)
11. Breakfast In Bed – Nicole Kea (original by UB40)
12. I Melt With You – Jason Mraz (original by Modern English)
13. Forgetful Lucy – Adam Sandler

Marie Antoinette (2006)
1. Hong Kong Garden – Siouxsie And The Banshees
2. Aphrodisiac – Bow Wow Wow
3. What Ever Happened – The Strokes
4. Pulling Our Weight – The Radio Department
5. Ceremony – New Order
6. Natural’s Not In It – Gang Of Four
7. I Want Candy – Bow Wow Wow
8. Kings Of The Wild Frontier – Adam & The Ants
9. Concerto In G – Roger Neill
10. The Melody Of A Fallen Tree – Windsor For The Derby
11. I Don’t Like It Like This – The Radio Department
12. Plainsong – The Cure