Boot Camp U – Calorie Burning 101

Listen up,
Class is in session. I’m going to tell you something you may or may not already know…

It is not easy to burn 1000 calories in a workout!

Here’s some stats from Men’s Health Magazine to give you an idea of your calorie burning efforts:

  • 67 minutes of skipping burns 920 calories
  • 1.5 hours of chopping wood burns 1000 calories (best reserved for lumberjack and woodsmen)
  • 2 hours of backpacking burns 1000 calories (and possibly bad posture from a heavy bag)
  • 70 exceptionally boring minutes on the elliptical burns 1000 calories (and no watching tv and exercising for 70 minutes will not equal 1000 calories)
  • 2 hours of hard landscaping burns 1000 calories (what do they mean by hard?)
  • I’m sorry, but you’re not burning 1000 calories at zumba or your local drop-in class either, not even close
  • Drinking green tea and caffeine may help you burn 80 calories more in a day, but drinking more will not raise this number for you extremists out there – you’re likely to explode from high blood pressure (Note: excessive caffeine contributes to high blood pressure, you may not explode from excessive intake)
  • Running a marathon – a fine achievement in the hallows of sporting endeavors as you agonize over 26.2 miles equals 2600 calories or 100 calories per mile

Which would you rather look like? Maybe a bad comparison, I think this guy was busted for steroid use – don’t ever use steroids!

As you can see, it is pretty tough to burn 1000 calories in a 1 hour workout, and it is even harder for beginners or individuals with a lower fitness level as you couldn’t possibly keep up the necessary intensity for such a duration.

In my Langley bootcamp, you will burn close to 800 calories if you bust your butt and honestly give your best effort. The resistance training aspect will raise your EPOC levels(excessive post oxygen consumption) and contribute to a greater caloric burn over the course of the day. That’s why resistance training or lifting weights is the #1 method to the super slim sexy you!

If you are interested in seeing how many calories you burn in a workout, you should invest in a calorie counting heart rate monitor watch. You can pick one up from any big box store, they cost around $40-50 or try out Krystine’s at the 6am bootcamps.

If you want to get involved in an action packed, never boring, fun group workout with a little slice of comedy, join this bootcamp.

That’s the buzzer and remember: “If you don’t focus on your ass, no one else will.”

Josh Saunders
Head Trainer: Boot Camp U
Founder of The Bootcamp Effect