Participating in a regular workout program is an important component to your overall health and fitness goals. A common class offered by fitness clubs and studios is a body conditioning class -- a fitness class that incorporates various exercises for a total body strength and conditioning workout. As a general rule, you will burn more calories during body conditioning classes as you increase the intensity of your movements.
Body Conditioning Exercises
During a body conditioning class, you will perform a variety of lower-body, upper-body and core-strengthening exercises along with a mixture of cardiovascular exercises designed to keep your heart rate elevated and muscles moving. For example, you might perform stationary lunges immediately followed by abdominal crunches and jumping jacks. This combination of exercises and movements allows you to maximize the amount of calories burned during class.
You can perform the body conditioning class at a low intensity level if you are a beginner, are recovering from an injury or have exercise limitations. Exercising at a low intensity level burns approximately four calories per minute, making it similar to performing calisthenics, yoga or slow walking. If you weigh 160 pounds, you can burn approximately 292 calories per hour in a body conditioning class.
Increasing your exercise intensity to a moderate level increases the amount of calories burned in a body conditioning class to about five to eight calories per minute. A moderate intensity level is similar to aerobic dance, swimming, tennis or brisk walking. Using a moderate intensity level, a 200-pound person can burn about 455 calories per hour.
Performing at a high intensity level burns the most calories during a body conditioning class. A high intensity level is similar to running, intense cycling or performing interval workouts. At this intensity, you burn about eight to 10 calories per minute. If you weigh 240 pounds, you can burn about 763 calories during the class.