The Workouts That Burn the Most Calories, Ranked


It's no secret that adopting a healthy and fit lifestyle is totally on trend so when it comes to burning major calories, there's a glorious array of options. Still, with so many different workouts on the table, pinpointing which one is right for you and your fitness level can be tough.

With that in mind, we did some research on 13 of the most popular workout classes in order to see which exercise burns the most calories. (Just note, of course, that this will always vary slightly according to body weight, intensity, and fitness level.) Keep scrolling to see how many calories you can torch in SoulCycle, Zumba, yoga, and more, ranked from highest to lowest.

Barry's Bootcamp


An A-list fave, this intense, military-style workout burns a lot of calories: up to 1000 per class.



Consider this HITT/Interval hybrid workout a go-to if you lose interest in a typical class. In theory, it's structured to follow a pattern of 20 seconds of intense burn followed by a 10 second rest which burns up to 900 calories in an hour.


The Workouts That Burn the Most Calories

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 800 calories per hour.


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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, so you'll still be burning mega calories even while you fill up on post-workout Chipotle.

Interval training revs up your metabolism like nothing else. It can be done at home, outdoors or at a gym and is a great option when you're in a crunch for time.


The Workouts That Burn the Most Calories

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 averaged a burn of 12 calories per minute—so roughly 700 for an hour-long workout.


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No surprises here: 45 minutes of tap-backs, positive affirmations, and Spin-dancing your heart out makes for a major burn. SoulCycle HQ reports that while it depends on the person, you can expect to burn 500 to 700 calories per class—minimum.

Body By Simone

The Workouts That Burn the Most Calories
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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 hourly burn, which runs in the ballpark of 600 calories.


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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.

Hot Yoga

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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 things out is a benefit in itself.

Vinyasa Yoga

The Workouts That Burn the Most Calories

Yogis should note that calorie burn can vary a lot depending on the style of practice you prefer. But try Vinyasa flow for a heart-pumping workout that will still keep you zen. Research shows that an hour-long class will burn about 300 calories.

Bodyweight Exercise


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.



If you love hitting the barre, you know that those tiny movements are deceptively tough. A class like Physique 57 can burn up to 300 calories for the hour. Doing a cardio-specific class? Stamp on another 200 calories.


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Sometimes nothing beats pounding the pavement. Rack up your burn by mileage: Your rule of thumb is that a mile costs roughly 100 calories—and that's not to mention the afterburn, which accelerates depending on how many miles you log.

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