7 exercises that burn more calories than running
Did you know that at an average running pace (10 minutes per mile) you can burn up to 10 calories per minute (approx 100 calories/mile)?
That’s a solid number by the way. And if you run faster, you can burn even more calories.
So you want to burn more calories… but you hate running?
You don’t need to pound the pavement to melt fat faster.
There are plenty of other awesome ways to burn a ton of calories at a lightening fast pace!
Here are 7 exercises that burn more calories per minute than running…
#1: Indoor rowing machine
This is my go-to machine for intervals at the gym. Why?
It’s zero impact on your joints and jacks up your heart rate.
Even better, a Harvard study shows that an average 185lb person can burn 377 calories in 30 minute or about 12.5 calories per minute.
Since you work your arms, legs and back it makes for an excellent today body workout!
#2: Kettlebell swings
This powerful exercise works every muscle on your backside, targeting your glutes. And the explosive motion will send your heart rate skyrocketing.
According to research from the University of Wisconsin, you can burn 20.2 calories a minute during a 20 minute workout!
Again, good technique is critical here. And whatever you do… do NOT throw the Kettlebell up over your head! Thank you.
It’s an oldie, but a goodie. This bodyweight exercise is designed to build your endurance…
Expect to burn 1.43 calories per burpee (for the average 180 pound person), so if you get 10 per minute, you’re burning 14.3 calories per set.
Research presented at the recent ACSM annual meeting shows that performing just 10 reps at a fast pace can boost your metabolism as much as a 30 second all out bike sprint.
#4: Vertical climbing
You already know the Versa Climber will instantly turn you into a fat burning machine… as I revealed in this recent post.
Go hard in your intervals and you’ll burn 13 calories per minute. Boom!
#5: Ski Erg
This is another excellent machine! But you’ll be lucky to find it in your regular gym. Basically, it’s an upper body/core exercise that is similar to cross country skiing… and will have you burning 12 calories per minute.
It looks easy. But boy oh boy… get your sprint on and it’s a killer!
#6: Jump rope
You can burn about 13 calories per minute if you do moderate intensity rope jumping, 100-120 jumps per minute (according to the Compendium of Physical Activities).
The best part? You’ll use more muscles than you would running, since it challenges your co-ordination and balance – especially if you add some tricky hand and foot drills!
Here’s a 4 minute Tabata-style workout that burns more calories both during and after exercise. Participants in a study at Auburn University did 8 rounds of jump squats – 20 seconds all out effort, followed by 10 seconds of rest – and burned 13.4 calories per minute.
Even better, they doubled their post-exercise metabolic rate for at least 30 minutes.
For more bodyweight only workouts that burn more calories per minute than running, go here:
Enjoy burning more calories in less time!