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What are the best fat burning exercises???

I am trying to lose weight and am working out lots by doing classes at my gym. These include Body pump, yoga, body combat, legs bums and tums, body balance and circuit.

Does anyone recommend any particular exercise for weight loss?


Sun. Aug 19, 4:34pm

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spinning classes

Sunday, August 19, 2007, 5:21 PM

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Looks like most of what you're doing is resistance-based (yes, even yoga).
If your body combat class is like kick boxing, that's a great choice for fat-burning. The one I took was more like circuit training. As for circuit training, it can be a good fat-burning class if there are enough aerobic segments mingled in to boost your heartrate. They vary a lot by teacher, so only you can figure out if it's got a sufficient cardio component.

To work more on burning the fat rather than improving your muscles, take any class that has the word "cardio" in it. My gym offers Cardio Hip-Hop, Cardio Thai Boxing, Cardio Blast, etc. Spinning classes are definitely fat burning but challenging in a very different way - they're a form of interval training, which might be more torture than you want to endure. But maybe not - it's always worth trying once, and an awful lot of people I know are addicted to them. Also, look for Step classes - they were very popular in the 90s and have fallen out of fashion in recent years, but they're great if your gym has them.

My favorite thing to do is to get on the elliptical or treadmill for 10-30 minutes before a class to be sure I got my fat-burning cardio in.

Sunday, August 19, 2007, 5:43 PM

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Jump rope

High intensity, burns a lot of calories in a very short time. I lost 10 pounds in a month, just doing that as my cardio 3-4 times a week for 20-30 minutes. I jumped in intervals of course because very few people can do 20-30 minutes non-stop.

Sunday, August 19, 2007, 5:46 PM

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If you get a heart-rate monitor, you can learn to turn just about any exercise into an excellent fat-burner. Cycling and running are great for me... Swimming is also good. Anything where you can keep yourself in your fat-burning zone for an hour or two is great.

Sunday, August 19, 2007, 7:15 PM

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I use the treadmill and it measures my heartrate. Is it better to stay in the "fat burning" zone or cardio zone if you want to see weight loss results?

Tuesday, September 11, 2007, 2:55 PM

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What do you like to do? That is the most important. If you don't like it you won't do it.

Body combat- HIGH intensity interval training with combat moves and technique emphasis (will burn most calories)

Body pump- cardio plus weights, more circut type

Body Jam-If you like to dance this is for you

Monday, October 27, 2008, 2:10 AM

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Whatever high intensity exercise you enjoy that will keep you coming back. For me its spinning classes, step aerobics, "power" bellydance, anything that's fun. I recommend you get a heart rate monitor, then google Sally Edwards' heart zones and learn how to train your heart. Have fun!

Monday, October 27, 2008, 4:48 PM

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The most burned would be body combat. I teach all of the Les Mills classes and while spin is great for fat burning. Body combat is full body; more muscles used more fat burned. It is hard but so much fun. I'm not knocking the other classes they are all great. It is good to alternate 'easy' and 'hard' days.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008, 2:05 AM

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Good explanation of Circuit Training


Thursday, September 02, 2010, 1:32 PM

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Fat-burning heart rate zone

While that fat burning heart rate zone will burn the highest percentage of fat, it doesn't mean that it burns the MOST fat. See example below:


30 minutes at rest 100 calories 60 % fat 60 calories fat

low intensity exercise
- 30 minutes 300 calories 50% fat 150 calories fat

High intensity exercise
- 30 minutes 450 calories 40 % fat 180 calories fat

So for the same amount of time, you will burn more fat calories with higher intensity exercise.

Thursday, September 02, 2010, 2:05 PM

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