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There are few workouts that can top a spinning class. They’re fun, intense, enjoyable, and effective all at the same time, while enabling you to sweat bucket-loads and leave you weak in the knees. However in a calorie-focused culture, it’s important to be able to estimate your energy burning output so that you can appropriately adjust the amount of calories you consume to achieve your personal weight loss and fitness goals.
Average Calories Burned
There are many factors that contribute to the number of calories you’ll burn in a spinning class. Despite this, most people burn on average around 400-600 calories a 40 minute spin class. There are many fitness gurus and devotees that purchase and wear heart rate monitors in the form of bands or watches to track a more accurate amount of calories burned. These could be extremely advantageous in a spinning class session.
Factors That Affect Calorie Burning
Size – Your current weight will have a large impact on the amount of calories you’ll burn. A 180 pound person will burn significantly more calories in a spin class versus someone who only weighs 130 pounds.
Intensity – The more effort you put into your spinning, the more you’re going to work, sweat, and burn. You may not be on the same fitness level as the instructor, but doing your personal best will bring high calorie burning results, and your body will soon reflect it.
Rate of Metabolism – Depending on diet, current weight, and exercise activity, your metabolism pace will differ from person to person. Spinning class integrates many cardio, core, resistance, and heart promoting movements that will not only help to improve overall fitness and health, but will boost your metabolism to burn calories at a faster rate.
Diet – Eating a nutritious diet enables the body to receive all the nutrition it needs to efficiently burn calories to endure long, intense spinning classes. An unhealthy diet founded on empty calories void of nutrition will more than likely cause you to burn out faster, experience light-headedness, and unable to finish the class with intensity or effectiveness. Less work equals less calories burned.
Length of Class – As mentioned above, on average you can expect to burn between 400-600 calories in a 40 minute session. If the class is a 60 or 90 minute spinning class, you can expect to burn another 200 to 300 calories at the same rate of intensity.
Spinning class incorporates many factors that makes burning calories a fast and productive workout for burning fat and improving overall health and fitness. You’ll want to make sure you’re prepared physically and mentally to get your best workout.