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How Many Calories Are Burned While Doing Leg Squats?

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Jake Wayne has written professionally for more than 12 years, including assignments in business writing, national magazines and book-length projects. He has a psychology degree from the University of Oregon and black belts in three martial arts.
How Many Calories Are Burned While Doing Leg Squats?
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Leg squats work out your buttocks, thighs, calves, hamstrings and lower back. They also involve the core as a stabilizer. This efficiency makes them popular as their own exercise, or as part of a broader workout program. This article is about body weight squats.

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Calories Burned

Health resource website NutriStrategy provides information for calories burned in different activities. According to NutriStrategy, a 155-lb. person doing leg squats or other calisthenics burns about 125 calories in a 30-minute session.


How intensely you do an exercise has a big effect on how many calories you burn. The same person working out for the same length of time at a vigorous pace would burn 280 calories -- more than twice as many as at a moderate pace. In addition, adding a jump to the exercise sequence - a jump squat - would increase calorie burn per repetition.

Body Weight

Aside from intensity, your body weight plays the biggest role in how many calories you burn at an exercise. A 205-lb. person doing the same moderate half hour of leg squats would burn 163 calories. A 130-lb. person would burn only 103.

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