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I was skimming online for workouts I could do at home seeing as the weather is hitting an all time high!! I came across a workout which would take no longer than 4 minutes to complete and seems fairly unreasonable to burn 100 calories.

 

It includes:

- 40 jumping jacks

- 30 crunches

- 20 squats

- 10 pushups

 

This workout claims to burn 100 calories, but what's the verdict? Does it actually or is this a complete joke? I tried it, and I gave it my all, and I wasn't even sweating or anything close!! What do you think?

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Doubtful.

 

Maybe if you weigh over 250 lbs are male and out of shape.  

Crunches are a worthless exercise and only cause damage to spine

I am female 5'6" and 155 lbs and judging from my HRM readings for a heavy weight lifting session I only burn 500 cal an hour.  When I do intense metabolic workouts that would maybe include jumping rope, burpees  and push  ups I might burn 100 calories in about 8-10 min but burpees are a lot tougher than squats and crunches

It may be judging this as a tabata workout - which is a 4 min workout, however you are suppose to do each exercise for the 4 min which would make a 20 min workout- for me that would burn a little over 250 calories if I go full boar.

http://www.freeworkoutsguide.com/tabataprotoc ol.html

Running at a good pace burns about ~10 calories per minute. So it takes around at least 10 minutes to burn 100 calories running. 

Looking at that workout, I could probably get it done in ~2 minutes. So if you were to do it 4-5x through than you could probably burn 100 calories. But alone it is just too short, and not intense enough to burn that much.

If that's all it took to burn 100 calories than I would weigh 25 lbs!!  

I think this workout has potential though. Try something like run 5 minutes, do "100 calorie workout", run another 5 minutes, do "100 calorie workout"... repeat for sets. 

Add some weight in for the squats too, or switch up the cardio movements-- ie: high knees, burpees, mountain climbers...etc. instead of jumping jacks. 

(40 reps of burpees would surely work up a sweat!)

If you rest long enough between exercises, you'll can burn up to and above 100 calories during this workout.

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Original Post by floggingsully:

If you rest long enough between exercises, you'll can burn up to and above 100 calories during this workout.


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Thanks everyone!! Now that  I think of it, it does seem doubtful unless I incorporate sets of running or something else. I think I'd be better off investing in a HRM so I get accurate results.

Original Post by thinspireyourself:

Thanks everyone!! Now that  I think of it, it does seem doubtful unless I incorporate sets of running or something else. I think I'd be better off investing in a HRM so I get accurate results.

HRM's aren't good for getting calorie burns for short burst type exercises. For calorie counting, they work best for somewhat steady state, sub-maximal intensity effort levels.

For fitness, they can be a great asset though. That is what they are really good for.

As to your original question: 100 calories in 4 minutes is about 1500 cal/hr. That level is definitely possible for many people, if they only have to last the four minutes. On the other hand, that workout you've listed looks far too easy and (like carmen says) wouldn't take nearly 4 minutes.

Original Post by thinspireyourself:

I was skimming online for workouts I could do at home seeing as the weather is hitting an all time high!! I came across a workout which would take no longer than 4 minutes to complete and seems fairly unreasonable to burn 100 calories.

 

It includes:

- 40 jumping jacks

- 30 crunches

- 20 squats

- 10 pushups

 

This workout claims to burn 100 calories, but what's the verdict? Does it actually or is this a complete joke? I tried it, and I gave it my all, and I wasn't even sweating or anything close!! What do you think?

I wouldn't call this a "workout."  It's a warm-up routine, reinforced by that "4 minutes" claim and by your own experience.  But for a warm-up routine, it sounds pretty good.  It'd get the blood flowing and muscles loosened up for whatever you want to do afterwards.

 

It may burn that much, I have tired this and it does tone. I use this as a toning workout going through it 5 or 6 times. If you do this go at your own pace! I could do this 5 times in 15 minutes but at first it took my close to a half an hour. And definitely stretch before doing this!  

Hmmm- maybe if you did

Plyo jacks

Warrior sit-ups ( don't do crunches)

Explosive jump squats or weighted squats

Plyo push-ups

And no rest - moving fluidly from one exercise to the next.. It MIGHT be possible.

Might....
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