This Is How Many Calories You Really Burn at Your Favorite Fitness Classes

Whether it’s kickboxing or Zumba, fitness classes are fun breaks from your normal workout routine that prove just as effective. Of course, everyone’s body is different, but we do have a rough estimate of just how many calories an average person will burn during one of these workouts.

Circuit training


Circuit training offers a great way to mix both strength and cardio exercises by making participants rotate frequently between exercises. With this fast-paced workout, you can expect to burn up to 10 calories per minute; that’s close to 600 calories per hour! If you’re new to strength training, these are the physical and emotional changes you can expect.



Kickboxing requires you to use every muscle in your body, from your legs and glutes to your shoulders and back. (Add these foods to build even more muscle!) Most people can expect to burn 350-450 calories during an hour of cardio kickboxing, according to the American Council on Exercise.

Barre + cardio fusion classes


Inspired by traditional ballet moves, you can burn 300-400 calories at barre classes. There are official barre studios that offer classes, or else you can check out DVDs to learn the moves. If you like it, you may be interested in more new fitness trends popping up in gyms and studios across the country.

Bikram yoga

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Yoga has many health benefits, including stress management. Often referred to as “hot yoga,” Bikram yoga takes place in a room that’s heated to about 105 degrees Fahrenheit. Using 26 different poses, this is considered to be the most challenging form of yoga. However, it doesn’t burn as many calories as once thought: about 330 for women and 460 for men after a 90-minute session, according to a study by Brian Tracy, a professor from Colorado State University.

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