I’ve been going to Jazzercise 3-5 times per week for over a year now, and I still continue to love it. They add new songs every 6-8 weeks and have a lot of cool classes with different formats that let you mix things up.
When I first started Jazzercise, I wasn’t sure how many calories I would in burn in a single class. The website said “up to 800 calories” but that usually doesn’t happen in a single hour for me for any workout, unless maybe it’s running, which I basically never do an hour of.
So I knew that I’d get a good data, personalized for me, from my Fitbit Surge HR, which monitors my heart rate and lets me know my calorie burn based on that, my age, and weight.
Below is a list of all the Jazzercise classes I’ve taken, and the average calorie burn for each. This calorie burn is for me, remember. I’m about 160 pounds and 5’4, 30 years old.
- Dance Mixx: this is the basic class. It consists of about 40 minutes of cardio songs (which includes one warm-up song) and then 20 minutes of strength training with tubes or dumbbells, as well as mat work. In Dance Mixx, I burn about 450-515 calories per class.
- Strength 45: this is 45-minute all strength class, using dumbbells and weights. In all the strength sections for all classes, we usually do leg, arm, and ab songs. In Strength 45 I burn about 360-400 calories.
- Fusion: This class alternates one dance and one strength song. At the very end, we do a few strength songs in a row (which includes abs). In Fusion, I burn about 450-475 per class.
- Interval Fusion: This is like Fusion, but it’s more focused on intervals that raise and lower your heart rate. It’s based on the HIIT mentality that rapidly raising and lowering your heart rate burns more calories after the workout is over. In Interval Fusion, I burn about 465-500 per class.
- Strike: This is basically Dance Mixx, but the cardio songs have kickboxing elements in them. I burn the same as in Dance Mixx- 450-515 per class.
- Flip Fusion: This is the newest format. It is strength 45 with cardio songs mixed in between. It focuses on the idea of muscle failure/fatigue. There’s a warm-up song (as in all classes) and then we do 3 arm songs, a cardio song, 3 leg songs, 1-2 cardio songs, then 3 ab songs. Sometimes the order of body parts isn’t the same, but doing three strength training songs in a row of the same body group is pretty brutal. Since I don’t burn a lot of calories in Strength 45 classes, I thought I wouldn’t in Flip Fusion, but I burn about 430-475 calories in a single Flip Fusion class.
- Dance Mixx Lo: This is a Dance Mixx class, but it’s low impact. If I don’t do the high impact versions of moves and just follow the low impact, I burn about 380-430 calories per class.
- Express: This is a 30-minute version of a Dance Mixx class is mostly cardio songs, then 1 or 2 strength training classes. Since this is half the time of a regular class, I burn about 240-260 calories per class.
So, on average, I burn about 450-500 calories consistently in a single Jazzercise class, no matter what type I’m taking. Of course, I wish I always burned 500, but it just depends on the format, the songs we do, and the instructor’s intensity.
Overall, I’m really happy I found Jazzercise and I enjoy going. They do regular individual and team challenges to keep everyone motivated, and that helps a lot too. For instance, the summer challenge is 35 classes between June 1 and July 31 for a free beach towel.
This isn’t an ad for Jazzercise, I just realized there aren’t many articles out there about actual calories burned in Jazzercise classes so I thought I’d write one!