There’s been a lot of talk about which exercise burns the most calories. But what does science have to say about it?
Is doing burpee’s really that helpful? Or is running the best way to exercise?
Exercise scientists have rigorously studied the amount of energy people expend during different types of exercise, and they’ve determined which workouts are best for burning calories.
So what is the best exercise?
Well, to burn the most calories you’ll want to focus on exercises that workout both lower and upper body muscle groups and is performed at a high intensity.
John Porcari, author of a study on Tabata, says that exercises like CrossFit or Tabata-style interval training burn the most calories.
CrossFit is a fitness program that combines a wide variety of functional movements into a timed or scored workout.
We do pull-ups, squats, push-ups, weightlifting, gymnastics, running, rowing, and a host of other movements.
While Tabata training is one of the most popular forms of high-intensity interval training (HIIT).
It consists of eight rounds of ultra-high-intensity exercises in a specific 20-seconds-on, 10-seconds-off interval.
A study on one popular CrossFit workout called the ‘Cindy’ — in which a person does a series of pull-ups, push-ups and squats in as many rounds as possible — found that it burned an average of 13 calories per minute.
Because the workout lasts 20 minutes, exercisers burned an average of 260 calories in total.
Whereas studies for Tabata style classes, which is composed of four minute training blocks that mix maximum-intensity bouts of resistance and aerobic training with short periods of rest, burns 14.5 calories per minute, or 280 calories during a 20-minute workout.
So it looks like HIIT exercise is the way to go to shed the pounds the quickest!