According to ACE (American Council on Exercise) an intense kettlebell workout burns 1200 calories per hour. However, there is no exercise listed that remotely comes close to that calorie burn.
Is there a way to adjust the exercise options to include a high intensity workout to my daily log?
For anyone who is interested in trying a kettlebell workout, take a look at spinachyou.com or elitekettlebellgym.com, both owned by Michael Skogg. There are youtube videos you can watch under the heading Michael Skogg, Elite KettleBell Gym, and Spinach. Join the Spinach/Elite KettleBell Gym Facebook page and keep updated for the coming release of kettlebell exercise videos for people of all fitness levels!
How heavy are the kettlebells you are using? Can't imagine we can burn anywhere near that number of calories in an hour!
That's what I'm thinking. If they are heavy enough to burn that much per hour, then a person probably wouldn't be keeping up that intensity for an entire hour. Well, unless they don't want to be able to get out of bed the next day.
An exercise might burn 1200 per hour, but it's an activity that you just do a couple of times. Like doing heavy Olympic lifting or something like that. Nobody squats 300 pounds over and over for an hour, but if they did, it would burn a heck of a lot of calories. In real life, though, that would be a silly thing to attempt.
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I use kettlebells ranging from 16 to 44 pounds, occasionally heavier for a dead lift. The great thing about a kettlebell workout is that you swing them. It's an all over body workout that incorporates cardio and weight training in one workout. The ACE study that determined the 1200 calorie burn was done in a workout that i could do using a 26 pound kettlebell. It was not something that is not achievable by someone who works out regularly.
You can find the study on line if you search American Council of Exercise kettlebell study.
The workouts in our gym are fast, intense and incredibly fun. Within the first 5 to 6 workouts, everyone sees their body start to change. Its great. To see some kettlebell workouts from our gym online, go to youtube and search Spinach Gym, or Michael Skogg.
I'm a she, and I'm only trying to sell you on the idea of using kettlebells for your workout. Its amazing. EVERYONE in our gym notices their body changing after 5-6 workouts. Even incredibly fit people who are looking for something different.
Watching those videos, I am absolutely confident that with the weight and speed at which they are lifting, they are not burning 1200kcals per hour. If you sped it up, and used much heavier weights, then perhaps it can be done.
But if you really want noticable changes, erg. A split of sub 1:55 per 500m gets you burning well over 1200kcals per hour. It is perhaps the most draining and beneficial workout you can do. Most people won't (and never will) be able to maintain such a split over that length of time; but if you want to be burning 1200kcals an hour you will have to be in an exceptionally fit state already to do so.
Ok, I have to admit, as a Kinesiologist myself - this is a terrible terrible work out - most people are thrusting their joints into jolted positions with this stupid which i wish never hit the market - this is just as bad as the thigh master, and it causes SIGNIFICANT injuries long term, tearing muscles and hurting rotator cuffs!
I just tried the kettleball for the first time at my friend's gym last week while working out with her trainer.
OMG was it hard. The trainer was constantly telling me to fix my stance etc etc to do it correctly. Faster, faster, etc etc
The next day I could barely move. Yes, my arms were sore from it. But my back was horribly SORE. I must have been doing something wrong. Worst pain ever, not in a good, I worked out kind of sore. I could barley sleep for two days until the pain wore off.
Anyways, I'm not a fan. I hate back pain. I LOVE a good sore the next day from a work out but not like that! The kettleball just isn't for me.
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