I have been taking classes at the gym for probably a month now, and the calorie burn I get when I go is GREAT! I usually burn 1200 or more calories in a little under 2 hours, and I actually have fun while doing it (sometimes). I can burn 600-700 calories in an hour on the elliptical, and about 500 on the treadmill while walking. But how many calories can I burn on the Kinect? I put two games to the test this morning to find out!

I tried Michael Phelps: Push the Limit and must say that I am impressed with how much work virtual swimming can make your arms do!

I also must say that I'm not impressed with how long it took me to get a game started. I put the game in at 8:30 and didn't get a game going until 8:39. That was 9 minutes cut out of my calorie burning time. I made sure the kinect and sensors were working properly, it was just the game that was a bit wonky. I was disappointed. If I spend $50 on a game, I want it to work. So, anyway, after I finally got it working, I had a blast!

calorie burn on kinect

I burned nearly 200 calories in 30 minutes – well about 20 minutes if you count the hiccups with the game. So 200 calories in 20 minutes would be 600 calories in 60 minutes. The differences between this game and the gym are A)you don't stop at the gym, you continually work out for 60 minutes and don't have to worry about a blip in a game, and B)you can easily work your entire body at the gym, whereas this game only really works your arms. It is, however, an amazing arm work out and I will be adding it to my weekly work out list!

Next, I tried Zumba Fitness Rush, which yielded much better results. It took only about 2 minutes to sign into my profile and get a game going.

how many calories can you burn on zumba kinect

I burned about 350 calories in 30 minutes, which would be 700 in an hour. For an hour long zumba class at the gym, I can burn anywhere from 700 to 900 depending on the teacher and the intensity, so this was definitely comparable.

Final Thoughts

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When I go to the gym, I feel like I'm more “in the zone” than I was at home. Between the phone ringing and Isis wanting to dance with me while I was attempting to Zumba, it was hard to stay focused. All that matters, though, is that I got a good calorie burn in while not even having to leave my bedroom!

So what was that excuse you were using, again? Can't afford the gym? I bet you can afford a $10 workout DVD (like the 30 Day Shred), and you can still get that calorie burn in at home!