Perhaps one of the poster boys for a fat-burning, gut-busting workout, sit-ups are no slouch when it comes to getting shredded abs.
But exactly how many calories do you burn doing, say, 100 sit-ups?
Unfortunately, there’s no easy answer– but there are some important indicators you should be aware of that could influence exactly how effective and calorically-cleansing your century mark of sit-ups really is.
The comprehensive calorie burn per 100 sit-ups varies and relies heavily on factors ranging from your weight and how quickly you perform the sit-ups. Sit-ups are a kind of calisthenic exercise, and– like other strength-training workouts that rely on your body weight– results in stronger muscles over the long haul. Your rectus abdominis muscles are specifically targeted during sit-ups; this pairs up with the inevitable calorie burn that cardiovascular exercise provides for an awesome workout.
The amount of time you spend performing those 100 sit-ups has a direct impact on how many calories you burn away. If you weigh 150 pounds and do 100 sit-ups in 10 minutes, for example, you’ll burn 57 calories– but if you do the sit-ups in five minutes, you’ll burn 28 calories, according to FitClick, an online fitness site.
The kind of sit-ups you perform also affects your calorie burn. If you do incline sit-ups, you’ll burn 24 calories if you complete 100 sit-ups in a five-minute span. One hundred “V sit-ups” burn 30 calories, and medicine ball V sit-ups or Roman chair sit-ups burn 34 calories in just five minutes.
Sit-ups are comparable to other calisthenic exercises like push-ups because of similar energy expenditure, indicates the online site NutriStrategy.
Five minutes of push-ups burns 17 calories for someone weighing 130 pounds, 20 calories for someone weighing 155 pounds, and 24 calories for someone weighing 180 pounds, to list a few weight classes and their corresponding caloric burns.
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