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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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Daily Rant
I am a firm believer in the gym... a gym outside of your house where everyone is burning fat. I have tried many things over the years to get the most complete workout in the quickest time. Running was a great high for me until my hip told me to cut it out. So I needed a way to burn fat and get my heart rate up and still tone my body. My conclusion... circuit training.

Here's how it works. Pick 3 exercises for different muscle groups. If I am doing upper body that day, it will consist of a bicep, triceps, and ab exercise. Find a free weight or machine that is heavy enough for somewhere around 15 reps. Once you are done with one quickly move to the next until you have completed all 3 different exercises. Then rather rinse and repeat a total of 4 total circuits with as little rest as possible.

Why does this work better. Because in order to burn fat you MUST sustain your heart rate. At the very very minimum 120 BPM. 160 is fantastic. The key to circuit training is no rest. Once you have completed this circuit pick 3 other exercises and do them just the same. If you can do 15 reps, 4 times each with 3 exercises and do that with 3 different circuits... that's 540 total repetitions (abs obviously more). You can do this in an hour. this would take at least 2 if you had to rest, but because you are using different muscles you really don't need to.

Here is the best part... when you work your muscles like this, you will continue to burn fat all day, even after you are long gone from the gym. Running does not work this way.

Conclusion... You lose weight quicker in less time and you tone your body. Try it and see and let me know if by 5 workouts you don't see and feel incredible results.

Friday, September 03, 2010, 6:33 PM

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i really like the classes u mentioned, pump is my fav, combat i tried once and it was too intense for me so ive been scared to go back! but for a while i was doing mostly pump classes, and a few other things like occassional yoga, run or bike, and i got great results- lost a couple kgs in maybe 6 weeks which is real good for me, plus i had definite muscle mass increase so i musut have lost a lot more kgs in fat than a couple. i thnk if u keep up all those classes, ur gonna get fantastic results, and if ur interested in other stuff too, like spinning is really good and everything else mentioned in these posts, ur gonna lose the fat and tone up beautifully

Saturday, September 04, 2010, 12:07 AM

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bump bump bump

Tuesday, October 19, 2010, 11:34 AM

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I would love to see this question addressed without so any gym references. Not everyone can go to a gym. Not because they are lazy or they can't afford it, but because it simply does not exist. My small town has a Curves. That's it. It is only open 6 AM to 8 PM. My hubby leaves for work at 6...can't leave the kids home alone, and I get home from work at 8:30, or 9 pm.

Any ideas for exercise that do not involve gym equipment?

Tuesday, October 19, 2010, 12:05 PM

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I need to shape up at home as well. I have very limited time and need to know what workout will maximize results in the smallest amount of time...

Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 2:36 PM

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I have a treadmill and workout DVDs at home. I use free weights and resistance bands. You do not have to have a gym membership when you can have a gym at home. Weights do not cost much at your local Wal-Mart and it is cheaper than a gym membership. How else could you exercise at 2am???

Friday, October 22, 2010, 12:08 PM

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I really like zumba. Type "zumba classes" into Google and it will come up with classes in your area.

Saturday, October 23, 2010, 7:56 AM

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Why not ask a few of your friends if they would like to try jogging with you? Most people do want to lose weight on the run up to Christmas. You can interserse it with power walking. I have seen a lot of people out jogging even when it's been cold, but they are keeping warm by running. Autumn is such a lovely time of year that it's great to be outside on those cool but sunny Autumn days.

Saturday, October 23, 2010, 8:00 AM

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Gym Free Options

There are LOTS of ways to get in a really challenging workout without the gym. Think of all the things you can do with your own body weight: push ups, tricep dips, pull ups, lunges, squats, plyometrics (which is many of those moves - intensified!), plank, mountain climbers, running, interval running, jump rope, etc. and the list goes on and on.

Perhaps the bigger challenge is coming up with a few routines, sticking with it, and making sure you're pushing yourself enough to make it challenging.

Saturday, October 23, 2010, 8:22 AM

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You can even try some diet given by the trainer on top of the exercises, because some times its required to stop eating junk foods and unhealthy drinks.

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Saturday, October 23, 2010, 9:23 AM

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The answer to this question is that it depends on your fitness level. If you are really fit, you need to get out there and keep at it at a steady pace.

If you are just getting started, then you need to build your base and go slow and long. Even if that means walking.

This article explains a little more:


Sunday, July 31, 2011, 5:31 PM

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I agree with the prior post. Start slowly if you're just starting out. Last year I made the mistake of following a prior poster, "Daily Rant" (9/3/10 6:33pm) just a little too closely and developed tendonitis in my elbow from doing too much, too soon. Baby steps, people.

My favorite cardio workout is outdoor cycling. It feels more like fun instead of exercise and the weight falls off me, when I'm pairing it with healthy eating.

Sunday, July 31, 2011, 8:26 PM

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My fave non-gym workouts

My favorite non- gym workouts usually involve DVD's. The best are: The FIRM Total Body Time Crunch (fully body circuits with weights and cardio), Jillian Michaels No More Trouble Zones (again circuits), Jillian Michaels 30-Day Shred, and the old school favorite Tae Bo!

Monday, August 01, 2011, 8:30 AM

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My best fat burning exercise? Running out of the kitchen when I'm not hungry!

Monday, August 01, 2011, 11:51 AM

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Also, is it best to alternate between cardio and weights? I usually do most of my cardio at the beginning and then maybe a little bit more at the end but is it better to maybe do 20 mins cardio, 10 mins weights, 20 mins cardio, 10 mins weights etc etc?


Monday, January 07, 2013, 7:14 AM

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What are the best fat burning exercises???

I would suggest you include a good diet plan with your exercise. These both can have massive effect in loosing weight & maintaining a fit body. I follow this and have got great results.

Also, instead of taking a large portion of food in each meal, cut it into shorter portions with small gap in between. By doing so, it will help in resetting your metabolism and helps in weight loss. Drink lot of water which helps in proper digestion and eliminates the excess fat and toxins in your body.


Friday, March 22, 2013, 5:31 AM

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Running cycling kickboxing any thing that gets you out of breath and your heart beating fast and the longer you do it the more you lose and trying working out on and empty stomach

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Sunday, April 14, 2013, 12:48 AM

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Monday, May 20, 2013, 3:34 AM

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