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Zumba vs. Treadmill

author image Rick Rockwell
Rick Rockwell is a self-employed personal trainer and experienced freelance writer. His articles have been published throughout the Internet. He has more than eight years of experience as a certified personal trainer, group fitness instructor and lifestyle coach. His company, Rockwell Fitness, is dedicated to educating and empowering others to live healthy lifestyles.
Zumba vs. Treadmill
Zumba is an exciting alternative to the treadmill. Photo Credit: LUNAMARINA/iStock/Getty Images

Two efficient means of getting a good cardiovascular workout are the treadmill and Zumba. Cardiovascular exercise, also known as aerobic excercise, cardio and endurance activity, is central to fitness training programs. Treadmills provide you with the opportunity to run indoors at your own pace with your own chosen incline or workout program, such as manual, hills, cardio or fat-burning. Zumba is a Latin-inspired dance fitness program choreographed to Latin and world dance music.

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Fitness Level

People of most fitness levels may use a treadmill. Because you are able to walk, jog, run and sprint on a treadmill, you may find them more compatible with your individual level of fitness. It's possible to adjust the pace and incline as your ability increases. Typically, routines allow for different fitness levels, and several versions of Zumba are available for people with different goals and levels of endurance.


Most gyms have at least one treadmill for members’ use. Treadmills are also available for purchase for home gyms. Some models are affordable, while others are extravagant, depending on the brand and features of the machine. Zumba classes may be done at home, using a DVD or video game system, or with a fitness class led by an instructor. Zumba classes are now offered in most major cities all over the world.


According to Harvard Health Publications, a good treadmill workout burns between 450 to 500 calories in 60 minutes. If you walk at a speed of four miles per hour, you will burn between 240 and 356 calories in an hour. A walk/jog combination burns between 360 and 532 calories per hour. Weights can be added to broaden the workout to include your arm muscles.

Zumba gives you an all-over body workout, and says that a regular Zumba class can burn hundreds of calories per hour, depending on your fitness level and intensity of your workout. According to Harvard Health, a regular fast dance class will burn 446 calories an hour for a person who weighs 155 pounds. Other Zumba classes include Zumba Gold, which is Zumba for the baby boomer crowd; Zumba Toning, which incorporate body sculpting moves into the class; Aqua Zumba, which is a water-based Zumba workout easier on the joints; Zumbatomic for kids; Zumba in the Circuit, which is a 30-minute class that mixes strength training intervals with dancing moves; and Zumba Gold Toning, which is a class for older participants or beginners who want to incorporate strength training with their Zumba class. Each of these varieties offer different benefits, and all burn different amounts of calories per session.


Equipment you need for a treadmill workout includes proper footwear, athletic clothing, a towel, a water bottle, a heart rate monitor and a treadmill. If you wish to incorporate light weight training during your walk or run, you may use light dumbbells. Some people enjoy listening to music while they work out, so a music player and earphones designed for exercise might be an option for you to include with your workout gear. Zumba requires proper footwear, athletic clothing, a towel, a water bottle, a heart rate monitor and whichever weights you choose to incorporate into your class. If you choose to do the class at home, you need the DVD set or game and the equipment on which to play it.

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