Time is money at the gym, and the more efficient your workout, the better. Stop slaving away on the cardio machine that you hate, and try one of these calorie-blasting routines instead. Each exercise will burn at least 500 calories in an hour, which will leave you plenty of time to go shopping for some new skinny jeans.
45 minutes of boot camp
If you’re looking for a fitness experience that will completely shake up your routine, a boot camp class is for you. Not to worry. You won’t have a drill sergeant yelling at you. Instead, you’ll have a personal trainer who is determined for you to push you to the max. When you’re positive your arms will fall off if you try to squeeze out one more rep, the trainer will be there rooting you on. Boot camp classes are for people who love to shake up their routine and make new friends in the process. Usually classes take place over a period of several weeks, and every class is different. Some days you might be working with kettlebells and TRX bands, while others will focus on push ups and running. Not only do these classes help you build some serious strength, they also equip you with health and fitness knowledge to take with you outside of class. Try out a boot camp class and learn some new techniques that you can incorporate into your regular gym routine.
60 minutes of spinning
We don’t see this trendy workout going out of style anytime soon. Indoor cycling is a double whammy because it works your muscles and your cardiovascular system at the same time. Within the course of a spin class, your leg muscles will be burning from climbing up hills, and your heart will be racing from sprinting across a valley. People who attend spin classes regularly can benefit from shapely, toned legs and an improvement in their heart and lungs’ performance. Frequent attendance improves blood flow and increases the speed in which oxygen is distributed, improving your overall fitness level.
28 minutes of jogging (6.0 mph)
You either love it or hate it, but one thing is for sure, jogging burns some major calories. If a group fitness class doesn’t fit into your schedule or you’re running short on time, hop onto the treadmill and you’ll thank us later. Just 28 minutes of jogging burns 500 calories. Repeat that seven times over the course of the next week and you’ll lose a pound. Some of the many benefits of running include a higher bone density, increased joint strength, and powerful leg muscles. Many running enthusiasts are hooked because of the stress relief it provides. Did you have a bad day at the office? Chase after that runner’s high and burn some major calories in the process.
50 minutes of Zumba
Zumba classes are immensely popular because class-goers feel like they’re at a party instead of at the gym. The best way to ensure maximum calorie burn in this class? Let loose and dance your heart out. Don’t worry about what your neighbor might think about your dance moves or panic if you’re a beat behind the rest of the class. This fun class helps shape your muscles and the quick pace will help melt away any unwanted pounds.
45 minutes of cardio kickboxing
If running isn’t your thing but you still want to enjoy a workout with stress-relieving benefits, cardio kickboxing will certainly do the trick. Don’t be scared off by the “kickboxing” part. Everyone in the class keep’s their hands (and feet) to themselves, so you won’t have to worry about any injuries. A cardio kickboxing class will help to improve your strength, balance, and endurance with its mixed martial arts moves. If you’re one tough cookie and love a challenge, try out a Group Fight Class.
Note: The exercises above are based on a 150-pound woman. Remember that these are just estimates. The exact amount of calories depends on a variety of factors including age, gender, weight, fitness level, and muscle mass. If you’re interested in calculating your own calorie burn, we suggest using a tool such as myfitnesspal.com.