Since Tae Bo creator Billy Blanks launched his fitness program in Boston during the late 1980s, the brand has expanded to include dozens of variation videos, each with its own focus. The Tae Bo Amped program uses Tae Bo's iconic martial arts approach to aerobic exercise, and combines it with a 3-pound "Amplifier Sculpting Bar" that gives the program its name. How many calories you burn per hour will depend on your body weight and which of the five DVDs in the set you use during your workout.
Calorie Burn Basics
Counting calories is not an exact science. Although fitness resource website Nutristrategy reports calorie burns based on confirmed data, all calorie burn numbers are at best an approximate estimate. Your body weight, level of conditioning, and even factors like the air temperature and your mood will affect how many calories you burn in a given session of Tae Bo Amped. It's also worth noting that none of the Tae Bo Amped videos actually lasts for one full hour.
Jump Start Cardio
The Jump Start Cardio DVD focuses on low-resistance, fast-moving motions that elevate your heart rate and keep it elevated for the duration of the video. However, it's also the closest thing to an introductory workout in the set. It's a medium-impact aerobics workout that will burn about 400 calories per hour in a 155-pound person, according to Nutristrategy.com.
Fat Burn Accelerator
The Fat Burn Accelerator DVD is divided into approximately half high-impact cardio and half calisthenics, intended to elevate your heart rate while simultaneously providing a resistance workout. A split workout like this for a 155-pound person will burn about 530 calories per hour, according to Nutristrategy.com.
The Full Throttle DVD is the advanced disc in the Tae Bo Amped set. It consists of 55 minutes of intense cardio exercise comparable to step aerobics. According to Nutristrategy.com, an hour of this kind of workout will burn as much as 600 calories in a 155-pound person.
Core Express deviates from the normal Tae Bo plan by focusing on a calisthenics workout for the muscles in your abdomen and lower back. Nutristrategy.com reports that a 60-minute session of vigorous calisthenics of this sort will burn about 560 calories in a 150-pound person.
Live in L.A.
This DVD is a live recording of a Tae Bo "concert" session, but you can follow along with the performance just as you would any other DVD. It provides a general aerobics workout, covering all the aspects of the Tae Bo system. This will burn about 450 calories per hour in a 150-pound person.