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A short elliptical trainer workout will help you burn 300 calories.
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Burning calories is central to any workout routine in which you hope to lose weight, or to just avoid gaining weight. If you can consistently burn calories several days per week at the gym, you'll greatly increase your ability to control your weight. Burning 300 calories in a single workout won't likely lead to rapid weight loss, but if you're short on time, reaching the 300-calorie plateau won't take very long.
A workout on any of your gym's exercise machines provides a quick way to reach your goal of burning 300 calories. The website HealthStatus notes if you weigh 175 pounds, a 20-minute workout on the elliptical trainer or the stationary bicycle at a vigorous pace will lead to about 300 calories burned. If you favor using the rowing machine, it will take you 26 minutes of up-tempo rowing before you reach the 300-calorie target.
Large gyms often have a variety of classes available to their members, and working out in this fashion is ideal if you enjoy camaraderie as you burn calories. The length of time necessary to reach your 300-calorie goal depends on the class you take. By the 33-minute mark of a high-impact aerobics class, a 175-pound person will burn about 300 calories. In high-impact step aerobics, the same person needs just 22 minutes to surpass 300 calories burned. Twenty-nine minutes of Zumba is enough to burn about 300 calories.
Strength training burns calories at a slower rate than cardio activities, but in a gym you have a variety of strength-training methods of available to you. Sixty-six minutes of lifting weights will help you burn 300 calories if you weigh 175 pounds. The same person will only need 29 minutes of vigorous-intensity calisthenics to burn about 300 calories. Calisthenics include pushups, crunches, squats, lunges and jumping jacks.
If your gym includes sports facilities, you can let your competitive side shine and, before long, you'll have burned 300 calories. Twenty-eight minutes of half-court basketball is enough to help a 175-pound individual burn about 300 calories. If you don't have enough people to form teams, just shooting hoops by yourself for 51 minutes is enough to burn about 300 calories. A 31-minute game of competitive racquetball will also help you reach your 300-calorie goal.