How many calories are burned during Tae-Bo?
Tae Bo creator Billy Blanks shows off his fitness system.
Tae Bo gives a full body workout
In a typical Tae Bo session, participants punch like a boxer, kick like a martial artist and move like a dancer. The combination of these three types of fitness in one workout means that every part of the body is worked. The more muscles you use in a workout, the more calories you will burn. Compare that to walking, even brisk walking, where your legs do most of the work and you’ll see full body workouts like Tae Bo give you your money’s worth.
Intensity equals calorie burn at Tae Bo
Tae Bo is meant to be a high-intensity workout. The routine is set to adrenaline rush music and choreographed to follow the beat of that music. The faster you move, the more energy you expend. That energy is in the form of calories. If you take a lot of breaks or don’t keep up with the class, you’ll burn fewer calories. If you never miss a beat and work to your advantage, you will burn the most calories.
When you start a Tae Bo workout, you can slow it down a bit and rest as needed. You will continue to burn a lot of calories because the workout is new to your body and very challenging. As you become more fit and accustomed to Tae Bo, you will be able to work harder and keep your calorie intake high.
Other variables burning calories in Tae Bo
Your gender, body composition and weight also play a role in how many calories you will burn while doing Tae Bo. Men tend to burn more calories than women in the same workout because they have more muscle mass; the more muscle mass you have, the more calories you burn. Also, they usually weigh more, and the more you weigh, the harder your body has to work to support your own mass. Because it burns so many calories, Tae Bo can help you lose weight. If you lose a lot of weight over weeks or months of doing Tae Bo, the number of calories you burn in a typical workout may decrease because you weigh less. However, if you add muscle mass from regular Tae Bo sessions, it will increase your average calorie consumption…
Typical calorie burn for people of different weights doing Tae Bo
According to the Health Research Funding Organization, a 120 pound person burns 552 calories doing Tae Bo for 60 minutes. At 150 pounds, the caloric expenditure increases to 687 calories per hour. If you weigh 200 to 250 pounds, you can expect to burn 912 to 1,137 calories in a one-hour Tae Bo session.
Measuring Your Tae Bo Burn
You can get a more accurate estimate of your calorie burn by wearing a fitness tracker with a heart rate monitor every time you do Tae Bo. Fitness trackers take personalized information about your age, gender, weight and other variables and combine it with a measurement of your heart rate throughout your workout to predict calories burned. While there is a margin of error – 10 to 15 percent for most trackers – they still provide a reasonably accurate estimate…