How Many Calories are Burned by Zumba?
Last modified 4th January 2016
These zumba activities range from the highest calorie burn from 'high intensity Zumba class' which burns 517 calories in 30 minutes through to the activity 'low intensity Zumba class' which has the lowest calorie burn of 263 calories in 30 minutes, for a typical adult weighing 190 pounds (86 Kg).
To help you find the information you need, we first focus on the most common zumba activities. This is followed by the activities with the highest, lowest and average burnt calories per minute and per hour
We also cover the predicted weight loss from zumba, typical food calorie equivalents and our new proprietary calories burned score© and calories burned rank©
For medium intensity Zumba class, which is a typical intensity activity under the general description of zumba activities, the average calories burned by a person weighing 190 pounds (86 Kg) in 30 minutes is 388 Calories. In one hour the same activity will burn 776 Calories.
Effect of Intensity on the Calorie Calculator
Although the above is a typical example for zumba, the calculator we use to determine the calories burnt depends on the intensity, duration and your body weight. At the bottom of the article we have a variety of different intensities which can be personalized based on your weight and the duration of the activities, using our free calculator.
Calorie Score and Calorie Rank for Zumba
At dietandfitnesstoday we have a new proprietary concept of a Calories Burned Score© and Calories Burned Rank©.
The calorie score gives an indication of the relative burn rate measured as a percentage score out of 100 for the different zumba activities, where 100% is the maximum calorie burn which we estimate from running at a pace of 4 minutes per mile which is a world class speed for running for 30 mins.
The calorie rank is the rank of the activity compared with all other 800 activities in our database to give an indication of the percentage of activities which have a higher or lower calorie burn. A rank of 1 means it is the highest ranking activity in terms or calorie burn and a rank of 100 means it is the activity with the lowest carlorie burn compared with all other activities.
Calories Burned in 30 Minutes for a Typical zumba Activity
As we have previously mentioned Medium intensity Zumba class is a moderate and typical level of intensity for zumba and can be used as a general representative approximate measure for calories burnt by zumba. For this activity in 30 minutes an average man weighing 190 pounds (86 kg) burns 388 Calories, while an average woman weighing 163 pounds (74 kg), in 30 minutes burns 333 Calories.
Calories Per Minute
The calories burned per minute for Medium intensity Zumba class is 13 Calories per minute, for a typical man and for a typical female is 11 Calories per minute.
Calories Per Hour
The calories lost in one hour is 776 calories for a typical man, and 665 calories in one hour for a typical woman.
How to Burn 100 Calories
To burn 100 calories for a typical male would require 8 minutes of the activity medium intensity Zumba class and to burn 100 calories with the same zumba activity for a typical female would take 9 minutes.
Score and Rank
Medium intensity Zumba class has a Calorie Burned Score© of 37.1 out of 100 which means it gives a calorie burn of 37.1 % of the highest realistic calorie burn possible. This activity has a Calorie Burned Rank© of 43 out of 100 ie it is in the top 43 % of activities in terms of calorie burn. There are in fact 85 activities that have a higher calorie burn than medium intensity Zumba class
The following activities burn the same number of calories as Medium intensity Zumba class -
- bicycling, 12 mph, standing, hands on brake hoods, 60 rpm
- climbing hills with 42+ lb load
- cross country skiing at a moderate speed and effort of 4.0-4.9 mph
- fire fighter, hauling hoses on ground, carrying/hoisting equipment, breaking down walls etc., wearing full gear
- horseback riding, jumping
Comparison with Inactivity
30 mins of inactivity for example just sitting and watching television burns 43 calories for a typical man and 37 calories for a typical woman. Which means Medium intensity Zumba class burns 9.7 times more calories than the equivalent time of inactivity for an average man and 9.0 times more calories for an average female.
Food Calorie Equivalents
This level of 388 calories burnt by an average man medium intensity Zumba class is equivalent to 0.7 Big Macs, 1.4 snickers bar, 3.2 Starbucks Grande Skinny Lattes, 1.3 cheeseburgers, 1.4 slices of pizza or 1.0 large blueberry muffins.
For an average female burning 333 calories is equivalent to 0.6 Big Macs, 1.2 snickers bar, 2.8 Starbucks Grande Skinny Lattes, 1.1 cheeseburgers, 1.2 slices of pizza or 0.9 large blueberry muffins.
Weight Loss from Zumba
To answer the question how many pounds will I lose from the activity zumba? Taking this example of medium intensity Zumba class in 30 minutes, the weight loss for a typical man is a minimum of 0.06 pounds, and a typical woman would lose 0.05 pounds.
Based on 4 sessions per week of medium intensity Zumba class for a duration of 30 minutes per session, the approximate time taken to lose one pound is 4 weeks for a man and 5 weeks for a woman, assuming no other changes in lifestyle or eating habits.
The same 4 sessions per week of medium intensity Zumba class for a duration of 30 minutes per session, would lose 1kg in 2 weeks for a man and 2 weeks for a woman.
Zumba Activity with the Highest Calorie Burn
The highest number of calories burned for an average person is achieved by high intensity Zumba class. For this activity in 30 minutes an average man burns 517 Calories, while an average woman in 30 minutes burns 444 Calories.
This activity of high intensity Zumba class has a Calories Burned Score© of 50.6 out of 100 which means it gives a calorie burn of 50.6 % of the maximum realistic calorie burn possible. This activity has a Calories Burned Rank© of 26 out of 100 ie it is in the top 26 % of activities in terms of calorie burn. There are in fact 33 activities that have a higher calorie burn than high intensity Zumba class
Zumba Activity with the Lowest Calorie Burn
The zumba activity with the lowest calories burnt is low intensity Zumba class, which for an average man in 30 minutes burns 263 Calories, and for an average woman burns 226 Calories.
This activity of low intensity Zumba class has a Calories Burned Score© of 24.1 out of 100 which means it gives a calorie burn of 24.1 % of the maximum realistic calorie burn possible. This activity has a Calories Burned Rank© of 63 out of 100 ie it is in the top 63 % of activities in terms of calorie burn. There are in fact 228 activities that have a higher calorie burn than low intensity Zumba class
Average Calories Burned by Zumba
Based on the the list of 3 zumba activities, shown below, the average calories burned for an average male, weighing 190 pounds (86 kg) is 389 Calories for 30 minutes of zumba. The average burnt for an average female, weighing 163 pounds (74 kg) is 334 Calories for 30 minutes of zumba.
|Calories Burned in 30 minutes of zumba for Average Male (M) and Female (F) (click to personalise).|
|high intensity Zumba class - calories Male=517 kcal, Female=444 kcal.|
|medium intensity Zumba class - calories Male=388 kcal, Female=333 kcal.|
|low intensity Zumba class - calories Male=263 kcal, Female=226 kcal.|
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