How Many Calories Do I Burn at Zumba? Zumba 101

I know I have sort of talked about this in some previous posts (see Is Zumba Effective? and the Calories Zumba Burns). But I will go ahead and answer this specific question.
This time, I’ll point to some scientific evidence. Recently, the American Council on Exercise (ACE) did a study on Zumba and found to be a BIG calorie burner!
Me…burning the calories doing Zumba at the halftime show of the Tulsa Shock NBA team!
In their study, participants reached a heart rate maximum of 80% (which is GREAT!) and burned an average of 9.5 calories per minute.  They found Zumba burns more calories than power yoga, kickboxing, step, and advanced Pilates!
Based on this study, if you did a 60 minute Zumba class, you could burn 570 calories! So to answer your question: How many calories do I burn at Zumba? You can estimate a  rough Zumba calorie burn: just multiply the minutes you did Zumba by 9.5. Pretty easy and pretty effective if you ask me!
If you need help finding a local Zumba class, check out or leave me a comment. I’d be happy to help!


  1. Sounds like I need to get back into Zumba!! 🙂

  2. That’s awesome! I love that I can figure out how much I am burning now!

  3. I love Zumba! 🙂

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