Calories, calories, calories. At the end of the day, if you want to lose weight, it all boils down to calories in (food) versus calories out (energy expended). I’ve never seen a fat ballerina, so when people ask me “how many calories are burned in a barre workout“, my usual answer is “A LOT”. But let’s be more specific.
How Many Calories are Burned in a Barre Class?
People who have worn heart monitors or calorie-counting devices to barre classes report a range of 300-600 calories burned in an hour-long barre class. Meanwhile, barre workout DVDs claim one can expect to burn about 400 calories per hour. Additionally, barre classes are anareobic, meaning one can expect to burn about 100 calories post-class through the “afterburn effect” (yay!).
Always keep in mind that the calories burned by any activity, whether it be running, yoga, frisbee, etc. depends on many different factors. Your current weight, fitness level, gender, age, most recent meal, level of the barre class, and many more factors can all affect the calories burned per barre workout.
If your end goal is to lose weight, then at an average of 450 calories a pop, a barre workout once a week will help you get there. However, don’t neglect your cardio and strength training. While barre workouts are great for building muscular endurance, they won’t help you improve your cardio or build explosive strength.