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Editorial Experiment: How Many Calories Can You Burn in a Dance Workout?

Do you want to lose weight? Go cardio. And then everyone imagines the hell of a treadmill or an endless circle in the stadium near the house. But what if we talked about how you can lose calories, enjoy your favorite tracks and pump your body and heart in an unusual format of cardio training? And it's not even about innovative simulators, popular cycling or a banal skipping rope. We're talking about dancing!

As part of our editorial experiment, we went to dance training at New York Dance Studio , armed with special sensors and a Suunto smartwatch. The aim of our experiment was to find out how many calories you can burn during a typical dance workout at the Beginner level. The results exceeded all expectations, but more on that later.

For your reference: we understand that the individual calculation of calories burned during training directly depends on the parameters of your body: height, weight, etc. Therefore, all data below are individual and may not be accurate. But these figures can be taken as an average indicator, if you do not plan to feel sorry for yourself and be lazy in training, and the coach expects to squeeze the maximum out of you.

During the experiment, we attended two trainings in the directions of Hip Hop and House. Let's compare the data and try to understand what is right for you.

Hip-hop: squeezing the maximum to the beat

Lesson duration: 1 hour
Level: newbie
Teacher: Michelle Beatz (Mikhail Nikiforov)

Editorial Experiment: How Many Calories Can You Burn in a Dance Workout?

Photo: Valeria Barinova, Championship

Brief information: hip-hop is a dance style that has absorbed the street philosophy of African Americans, elements of funk, pop, break and jazz. It arose at the end of the last century as a dance of the inhabitants of poor American quarters. But what came of it - expression, passion, creativity, freedom and emotions - went far beyond street battles.

The training itself was quite varied and was divided into blocks: warm-up, study-repetition of certain basic elements that make up the dance, learning choreography through the combination of various elements (bundles). It was hot and difficult because the brain was fighting with the body. It was important not only to perform the element correctly, but also to remember its place in the bundle, to follow the technique and attention ... to relax. Yes, yes, with all this, it was still necessary to relax, trust the music and start enjoying the process. But the results were worth it.

Editorial Experiment: How Many Calories Can You Burn in a Dance Workout?

Photo: Valeria Barinova, Championship

In the end, thanks to of my meticulousness (I often repeated the elements and a little grimace under the beat in front of the mirror) in one workout I walked as many steps as I walk daily from the subway to home (there are 3517 of them).

Minimum heart rate: 89
Maximum heart rate (peak): 137
Number of steps taken during training: 3517
Calories Burned: 410 kcal
Workout Intensity: 6/10

House: Catch the Groove and Lose calories

Lesson duration: 1 hour
Level: beginner
Teacher: Kerry (Karina Muslimova)

Editorial Experiment: How Many Calories Can You Burn in a Dance Workout?

Photo: Valeria Barinova, Championship

Brief information: house is a dance style originating from the eponymous style of electronic music in Chicago in the early 80s. Interestingly, the name of the style comes from the Warehouse club, where DJs began to play house music. What is in music is also reflected in dance - it is high speed, rhythm, drive. Broad, energetic movements are performed to short slowing down and then accelerating fragments of house.

Editorial Experiment: How Many Calories Can You Burn in a Dance Workout?

Photo: Valeria Barinova, Championship

House is legs, legs and again legs. And when the coach says: Let's connect our hands, swing to the beat and make a turn, the brain explodes. But the most amazing thing about this is that our body is much smarter than we are, and perceives a lot at some intuitive level. Therefore, after a few repetitions, I began to automatically (bingo) perform a bunch. And to be honest, this is a real thrill when you just on the same wavelength with the beat and sounds begin to move without unnecessary stress. It's like dancing in a disco, but without improvisation, but with precise preparations. In general, a definite recommendation from me.

Important: Don't skip the warm-up. This is necessary in order not to get ridiculous and unnecessary injury. And also in dancing, this is a great way to hone the technique of the basic elements that are used in composing ligaments and choreography.

The readings of the gadgets surprised me: the house, by the number of steps taken, even interrupted my path from the metro to the metro. During the workout, I found and jumped about 4120. So you go to two workouts, and the norm for the day is ready.

Minimum heart rate: 97
Maximum heart rate (peak ): 151
Steps taken during exercise: 4120
Calories burned: 462 kcal
Workout intensity: 7/10

Instead of a conclusion

If you are still undecided on what principle to choose a dance direction, choose what you like. Browse through your playlist and understand what music makes you dance in front of the mirror or energizes you ahead of the working day. You can burn 300 kcal in half an hour of the hated (for me personally) CrossFit, or you may not notice how two hours have passed, honing the elements and ligaments near the mirror.

Editor's opinion: the main plus dancing - it is simply impossible to think about something superfluous during training. I thought about the corruption of life or the routine at work - I missed a couple of recommendations from the coach and was already out of rhythm. Therefore, if you want to dance cool, you will come to the master classXia turn off the head and get involved in the process. Here is such a budgetary motivation - cheaper than a psychotherapist session, you will also burn calories.

Learn more about dance styles, schedules and levels here .

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