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How Many Calories Burned with Biggest Loser DVD?

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How Many Calories Burned with Biggest Loser DVD?
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The extreme weight-loss television show "The Biggest Loser" has generated a series of exercise DVDs for at-home fans. The program is designed for the user to build up to the maximum effort over six weeks. While a significant number of calories are burned during the 60-minute workout, the exact number varies according to the person's weight and intensity level of the exercises.

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The Workout Sections

The Biggest Loser workouts consist of five or six sections that you can mix and match, according to your fitness level. It begins with five minutes of warm up, followed by 25 minutes of low-intensity cardio, 20 minutes of high-intensity cardio with your choice of two different routines, 20 minutes of a circuit training routine, and finally a five-minute cool down. Beginners might start with the warm-up, 20 minutes of low-intensity cardio and the cool down.

The Warm-Up and Cooldown

While warming up and cooling down burn the least number of calories, those 10 minutes warm up the muscles and then cool the body with yoga-inspired stretches. Depending on the individual's weight, those 10 minutes burn approximately 40 calories for a 120-pound person, 50 calories for a 155-pound person and 59 calories for a 185-pound person.

The Workouts

The low-intensity cardio is a moderately intense workout for beginners. Twenty-five minutes of cardio equivalent to moderate calisthenics burns 113, 139 or 166 calories in a 120-, 155- or 185-pound person, respectively.

The high-level cardio routines pick up the pace to intense 20-minute aerobic workouts, burning 140, 174 or 208 calories, depending on the person's weight of 120, 155 or 185 pounds.

In 20 minutes of the circuit training routine, a 120-pound person burns 160 calories, while 155- and 185-pound persons burn 199 and 237 calories, respectively.

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