The 14 Best Calorie-Burning Exercises, Ranked In Order Of Effectiveness

12. Elliptical

The burn: 322-478 calories/hour (at a resistance level of 8)

The bonus burn: If you’re after a better burn, don’t keep the same pace the entire time you’re on the elliptical. Vary the incline and levels of resistance to keep things interesting (read: challenging).

13. Battle ropes

The burn: 285-421 calories/hour

The bonus burn: As part of a circuit or on their own, weighted rope exercises will torch tons of calories, says Miranda.

“One study showed that doing 3 sets of 30 seconds of battle ropes produced greater acute energy expenditure (during the workout) than 3 sets of 10 squats with a moderate load,” she says. For even more of a burn, do five rounds of overhead slams for 30 seconds; during each round, try to do more reps than in the previous round.

14. Power yoga

The burn: 226-335 calories/hour

The bonus burn: To get the most burn, sign up for a power vinyasa flow class. “Strength-driven practices, where you match the breath with the movement, is where you would have the most afterburn,” says Tamir.

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