How Many Burpees Does It Take To Burn Your Favorite Food?

How many “burpees” does it take to burn your favorite foods, drinks and deserts?

How many “burpees” does it take to burn your favorite foods, drinks and deserts?

How many “burpees” does it take to burn your favorite foods, drinks and deserts?  If you are like me then you probably don’t want to know.  Like most, I absolutely hate the burpee exercise but I do them almost twice a week in bootcamp classes.  If you like them, I applaud you.  A recent article on the Spartan Blog by Dr. Jeff Godin, Ph.D., CSCS broke down how many calories are burned per burpee exercise.

Energy Expenditure During the Burpee Exercise (kcals/Burpee)

Body Weight (lbs.)











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The above chart represents your approximate weight and the amount of calories which are burned in a repetition.  For example, someone weighing 120 lbs will burn approximately 0.95 calories per repetition.  For someone weighing 190 lbs, that person will burn approximately 1.51 calories per repetition.  Now that we’ve got the match down let’s look at some popular favorite foods, drinks and deserts.  I will be using 170 lbs as the example weight.  The formula is Calories/kcals per Burpee.

Body Weight (lbs.) kcals per Burpee Food, Drink or Desert Calories How Many Burpees?
170 1.35 Apple, Medium Size 72 53 Burpees
170 1.35 Bagel 289 214 Burpees
170 1.35 Banana, Medium Size 105 77 Burpees
170 1.35 Beer, Regular 12 Ounces 153 113 Burpees
170 1.35 Large French Fries 500 370 Burpees
170 1.35 Soft Drink, 12 Ounces 136 101 Burpees
170 1.35 Chicken Breast, 3 Ounces 142 105 Burpees
170 1.35 12” Medium Pizza, Pepperoni 742 549 Burpees
170 1.35 Vanilla Ice Cream, 4 Ounces 145 107 Burpees
170 1.35 Cheesecake, Slice 1048 776 Burpees

How many burpees does it take to burn a pound of fat?

Body Weight (lbs.) kcals per Burpee Target Fat Loss Calories How Many Burpees?
170 1.35 1 Pound of Fat 3,500 2,592 Burpees

What is a burpee?  How do you do it?

The burpee, aka squat thrust, is an exercise used in strength training and aerobic exercise.  There are four steps involved in the burpee and it was originally called the “four count burpee.”  Here is how the exercise is performed.  What are you waiting for?  Get to it.

  • Drop into the squat position with your hands on the ground (count 1)
  • Kick your feet back, while keeping your arms extended like the pushup position (count 2)
  • Return to your feet in the squat position (count 3)
  • Spring up from the squat position and thrust your arms straight into the air while jumping (count 4)

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