Zumba + Heart Rate Training
Curious about my heart rate, I took my first Zumba class at my health club in Sacramento, Capital Athletic Club this week. Our instructor was great and his music selection a combination of hip hop with Latin. Donning two different heart rate monitors, I could both record the data that I wanted with my BLINK, the flashing zones monitor, as well as easily see the data displayed on my forearm with my new optical sensing ePulse heart rate monitor. Here’s what a novice at Zumba “Join the Party, Ditch the Workout” experienced.
Average Heart Rate: 102 bpm (real average because between intervals, I stopped the stopwatch)
Peak Heart Rate: 130 bpm
Elapsed Time: 38 minutes (I stopped my timer every time we stopped between songs)
Calories Expended: 328 kcal – wrong, you cannot use this measurement because it is so inaccurate.
In the HZT, Heart Zones Training 5 zone system, Zumba is exactly 53% of my maximum heart rate or very, very low Zone 1, the Healthy Heart zone. In the Zoning 3-zone system, Zumba is very easy Blue zone and 83% of my first threshold, T1.
Did I break a sweat. Yes. Did I have fun. Kind of. Did the time go by fast. No. Did I love the music. No. Did I like the instructor and fellow Zumba-dancers. Yes. Will I take another class. No.
I challenge to each of you is to take a Zumba class and wear your heart rate monitor and report back to me the results. Then, decide if you really want to ditch your workouts and join their low intensity party. I don’t want to join because I love higher intensity cardio movement and Zumba is too low and too easy. And, what zone did you Zumba in?