Physiological responses to a 60-Minute Zuma® class in college age females
Purpose. The purpose of this study was be to determine the physiological responses throughout a 60 min Zumba® class and compare the average METs of the Zumba® class to the American College of Sports Medicine's definition of vigorous activity of 6 METs. Methods. 30 college age females were analyzed during a Zumba® class. Throughout the class, METs, caloric expenditure, kcal/min, HR, and VO2 were recorded using a K4b2 Cosmed unit that the participant wore during the class. Results. There was no significant difference between the METs of the full Zumba® class and 6 METs (5.7 ± 1.8 vs. 6.0). Discussion. Zumba® is classified as a moderate intensity activity and capable of meeting the ACSM's criteria if practiced for 60 min duration, 3-5 days per week. Taking three Zumba® classes per week would be the minimum recommended frequency with an increase for more fitness improvements or weight control.