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Does anyone know approx. how many calories are burned in spin class????


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I took my first spin class since begining this journal.  I looked at the bicycle data, but it just doesn't seem right to me.  I worked my tail off!  I mean, I REALLY pushed myself.  Has anyone maybe done a spin class with a Body Bugg.  I realize every person is different, and I'm just wanting a confirmation for the data in thsi program. 

 

Thank you!

 

Barb

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I always use a heart rate monitor and I burn anywhere between 500 - 700 calories. I push hard in spin class though ... usually there's a puddle of sweat under my bike.  I'd say it's pretty safe to assume that you'll burn at least 400 in an easy class.

I used to do spin class with a rate monitor and would burn from 550-600 calories for a 45 minutes class (I'm 5'1" and 125)... To log in my activity, I enter spinning and opt for very vigorous effort because I too sweat like a pig during a spinning class, it's by far the hardest workout for me. Hope it helps

I do spin 4 to 6 times a week religiously (also 45 min. classes).  For a 180 lb man (if he works on the top of his game) he will burn 650-675 cals.  For a 130 lb woman (which is what I am) she would burn from 475 to 500.  It sucks, the less you weigh, the less you burn (not fair!).  It also depends on whether you are doing sprints or climbs, and how active your instructor is as well.  Ask your instructor what you should be expected to burn, if they are trained properly they should know.  Glad to hear that you went to spin, hope you enjoyed it (I do, I would actually go to more classes if they were offered in my area (sometimes I do two, one right after the other)).

Note: If you work yourself the way you should in a spin class it is definately a very vigorous effort!

I am surprised that I burn 220-250 cals only in 40 minutes. I am a female, 5'3" and 167 pounds.

Sucks, doesn't it?

I beat the living hell out of myself on Monday on a very, very hilly two-hour road ride, and only burned about 600kCal per hour.  This is likely because the hills beat me up so badly that I couldn't lay the power down on the flats and took it easier on the downhill sections.

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Sucks, doesn't it?

I beat the living hell out of myself on Monday on a very, very hilly two-hour road ride, and only burned about 600kCal per hour.  This is likely because the hills beat me up so badly that I couldn't lay the power down on the flats and took it easier on the downhill sections.

Yeah, but hills are so much more fun then just riding on flats all the time. :)

UD

UD - Try coming to Florida.  It's hot, humid AND flat. haha.  I spin 2 times a week and consistently burn 550-650 calories in an hour class.  I can tell during the class where I am calorie / effort wise and pick up the pace if I need too.  However, if I'm teaching the class, I back it off so that the class doesn't have to listen to me pant.

I took a spinning class last semster through my college. It was 2 times a day, roughly 40 minutes (including a pre and post stretch). I gave it my all everyday and left so sweaty (which I thank the heavens that the lights are off). I cannot tell you how many calories I burned off, cause I dont know, but I will say that I was very naive in thinking I could just  lose weight by just doing spinning classes and NOT watching my caloric intake.  I beat myself up so much just thinking about it. But anyways, I loved the class and will take it again in the future, this time watching what I eat. 

 

P.S. a lot of people buy the bicycle cusion for the seat. DONT! It gives you that little motivation to stay off of it!

I teach a spin class 4x's a week at 515 in the morning at my gym. I suggest investing in a HRM.  Every person is diff.  Every workout is diff [depending on the intensity, how hard you push yourself, your physcial fitness level -which will change the more you do or don't work out, etc]. I burn a min of 620 and a max of 880 but I also have the knob turned to where it will not rurn anymore for a great deal of the class - which I do not recommend or tell the participatns to do. I will also caution everyone that is basing their 'sweat' on calories burned.  Everyone will sweat more in a spin class due to the stagnant air, [your not moving aound therefore not creating 'wind']. Some people sweat more than others, and...etc. 

We also have heart cycle classes a few times a week which requires partipants to own [or we also rent them by the hour] HRM's. It teaches them how to use HRM's and utilizing them to get the most out of their workouts!

 

Burning calories is mostly based on how high of a gear you ride in and what kind of power in watts you are able to put out. I weigh 165lbs and burned 846 calories in 45 min spin class today by just adding extra gears to whatever the instructor said.

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I have the same problem with my GoWearFit armband which is made by the same people who make the BodyBugg. I will work my tail off in a spin class with the bike saying I've burned 500-600 calories, but my armband only logs 250 calories at best. It seems that all the other activities that I do log very well with my armband. It is just the spin that is way off. I am keeping track of it, so I can give this information to the makers of the armband and see if I can get some answers.

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i spin regulary 3 times per week each for 1 hour and i lose about 600-800 cal. good luck

 

The armband monitors cannot accurately estimate calories burned in spinning because you are spinning your legs, not your arms.  The monitors work by measuring movement.  

I like spinning.  If you are doing it to make yourself stronger for cycling, you may want to modify some of the routines.

I do 1 or 2 spin classes a week. I weigh 178 pounds and am 52 years old. In a 45 minute class I usually burn 500-600 calories. I really depends. If I rested the day before it's over 13 calories per minute. If I'm on day 6 of my workouts it's probably more like 11 calories per minute.

I thought modern spin bikes gave you some sort of readout as far as total energy you've expended? Calories, or watt-hours that you can convert to calories?

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I thought modern spin bikes gave you some sort of readout as far as total energy you've expended? Calories, or watt-hours that you can convert to calories?

Not the ones at my gym. I've been on high end ones that provide a video spin instructor and all the vitals.

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