The Workouts That Burn the Most Calories, Ranked
We live in a world where fitness has never been so cool or so fun—which means that when it comes to getting our sweat on, there's a glorious array of options. Still, with so many different workouts on the table, it can be tough to pinpoint which one is right for you and your body. With that in mind, we did some research on 13 of the most popular fitness movements in order to find out exactly how much calorie-burn you get for your buck. (Just note, of course, that this will vary slightly depending on your weight and fitness level.) Keep scrolling to see how many calories you can torch in SoulCycle, Zumba, yoga, and more, ranked from highest to lowest.
This model-beloved fitness trend won't just earn you the toned arms of your dreams but also a fierce burn to the tune of 500 to 1000 calories per hour.
This workout has skyrocketed to cult status in the short time it's been around, thanks to the effectiveness of high-intensity interval training. But while you can burn anywhere from 500 to 1000 calories during the 60-minute workout, the real beauty of HIIT is the afterburn: Interval training revs up your metabolism like nothing else, so you'll STILL be burning mega calories even while you fill up on post-workout Chipotle.
You power through your WOD (workout of the day) like a beast, so it's not so shocking that you'll slash some major calories while sprinting, lifting, and rope-throwing your way through it. To be quite precise, a 2013 study found that female CrossFitters average a burn of 12 calories per minute—so roughly 700 for an hour-long workout.
Fitness guru Simone De La Rue's dance cardio workout has earned an A-list following that includes the likes of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Naomi Watts, who are proof enough that this fun workout also happens to be quite effective. Exhibit B? The calorie-burn, which runs in the ballpark of 600 calories.
If you commit to going full-tilt, you can burn between 400 and 600 calories during this Latin dance sesh. Then again, you'll be having so much fun, you probably won't even notice.
Consider this myth busted: Getting your flow on in scorching temps doesn't burn way more calories than your typical Vinyasa class. But it'll still earn you about 350 calories for a 90-minute session, which is nothing to sneeze at—and sweating out toxins is a benefit in itself.
Yogis should note that calorie-burn can vary a LOT among different styles. But try Vinyasa flow for a heart-pumping workout that will still keep you Zen: Depending on how vigorous the class is, it could earn you anywhere between 250 to 400 calories.
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Bodyweight exercises are one of this year's top fitness trends, thanks in part to their cost effectiveness, as well as the well-documented evidence that they WORK. A workout similar to those found in Kayla Itsines's Bikini Body Guide will typically run you about 200 to 400 calories per half-hour session, but if you're doing it interval-style, you can also enjoy some afterburn.
Hitting the reformer? A 120-pound woman can expect to burn about 175 calories in a 60-minute class. Surprisingly, a classic mat Pilates class will burn more, albeit only a little: 190 calories.
Sometimes nothing beats pounding the pavement. Rack up your burn by mileage: Your rule of thumb is that a mile costs about 100 calories. (The same goes for walking too.)
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