Cycling burns more calories per hour than any other group exercise class out there. It’s not just a great calorie burner, either. It also works to tone the legs (glutes, thighs, hamstrings and even the calves).
While it’s impossible to gauge your personal calorie burn without knowing a few things (like how hard you work during class, your current weight, etc.), it’s safe to say that participants in an indoor cycling class burn anywhere from 600 to 1,200 calories during a one-hour class.
With cycling, the workout is yours to drive. You can always work out at your own level and pace. You can turn the resistance up or down to make your workout more or less intense, and you can go faster, or slower, as need be. Sometimes your instructor will have you out of the saddle, which works the glutes and legs a bit more than sitting on the seat, requiring more tension on your dial. This extra intensity really helps drive your calorie burn.
And in addition to the high calorie burn, indoor cycling classes allow you to work out at an intense level without putting a lot of pressure on your joints. Cycling is great for anyone who has joint pain, and it is perfect for exercisers of every level, from beginners to advanced. If you’re a beginner, the instructor will show you the different levels you need to be at to start out (and they will help you adjust your bike).
Zumba is also a great calorie-burner. Zumba classes are essentially dance classes, and are perfect for anyone who loves to dance, or for anyone who would love to learn to dance. In Zumba, the choreography incorporates a number of musical and dance styles, from salsa to hip hop to the mambo.
Again, with Zumba, you can simply work at your own pace and these classes are perfect for any level. The harder you work (the more you put into your dance moves) the more calories you burn. The instructor will show you the moves, and you simply follow along.
Ready for a cycling class? Or maybe you want to get your groove on with a Zumba group exercise class? We offer both at the Downtown Athletic Club, so come on in today and try one out. We offer a wide variety of group fitness classes throughout the week.