While popular fitness trends like Pilates and yoga can completely tone and limber up our body (and even help us reach total Nirvana), the only way to ditch that protruding flab to reveal the washboard abs is through hot and sweaty cardio! Feel the burn ladies…
800 calories per hour
Kick start your hot new bod… literally! This full-body workout is soaring at the top of the list because practitioners utilize every major muscle group and it incorporates interval training. This means that your heart rate will continually rise and stabilize throughout the class, which is ideal for weight loss. 24 Hour Fitness says you can burn up to 800 calories in its 60 minute Turbo Kick class.
700 calories per hour
Who says you can’t burn cals while sitting on your rear? Bike it to burn it! According to Kaboodle.com, you can kill 700 calories in your average spin class. Or enjoy the outdoors on your bike and keep the speed up to 14-16 mph to reach that 700 calorie mark.
500 or more calories per hour
Dance your little heart (and fat) out! Because this Latin-inspired dance class incorporates interval training and resistance exercise, the workout will boost your metabolism considerably, according to FitnessZumba.com. Obviously, calories burned depends on how hard you work (along with weight, sex, and fitness level), so be sure to keep shimmying and shaking!
4. Jump Rope
780 calories per hour
Save some dough and workout from your backyard. All you need is a rope! Running a mile in 8 minutes is pretty difficult for the average person. But this is how fast you’d have to run to burn the same amount of calories as jumping rope for the same amount of time, according to MedicineNet.com.
5. Aerobic Step Classes
600 calories per hour
Step up! This class not only burns a lot of calories, but its high-intensity steps also bring you into total fat burning stage. Use a six-inch platform to burn up to 600 cals.
650 calories per hour
Ok this one shocked me! Running is last? I thought this one would be at the top with its level of difficulty (and not so fun and brutal nature). “A 145-pound person who maintains a 10-minute mile for one hour can burn up to 650 calories,” according to WebMD’s calorie calculator. Don’t think you can keep running for an hour? Switch to interval training on the treadmill (alternate jogging and sprinting in two-minute increments). According to the American College of Sports Medicine, more calories are burned in short, high intensity exercises. Studies have shown that interval training can help “increase your metabolism, burn calories from fat and carbohydrates, and keep burning calories long after you finish exercising.”