Burpees might have a bit of a silly name, but in practice, they’re anything but silly. Burpees are a full-body exercise used primarily for strength training and are fairly intense considering their simplicity.

Doing continuous burpees for a few minutes is a great way to warm up for a workout and to burn a few extra calories. The exact number varies depending on the individual, but on average, you can expect to burn about 100 calories for every 10 minutes of burpees you do.

In this article, we’ll be going into more detail about how can calories exactly can you burn from doing burpees, and whether or not burpees alone can be an effective tool for weight loss.

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How Many Calories Do You Burn Doing Burpees?

As we’ve just mentioned, the average person burns about 100 calories for every 10 minutes of burpees they do. However, this number can change considerably depending on several factors, including your weight and your metabolic rate.

You can get an approximation of how many calories you’d burn from doing burpees by using the MET value to calculate it. MET stands for metabolic equivalent of task, and it’s essentially a measurement of how much oxygen your body uses during physical activity.

Since your body burns calories as it uses oxygen, measuring the oxygen you consume is a pretty reliable way of measuring how many calories you’re burning. One MET equals the amount of oxygen your body consumes while completely at rest. 

Burpees have a MET value of 8, meaning that while doing burpees your body will consume about 8 times more oxygen than it would if you weren’t doing anything. Once you know what the MET value of a certain exercise is, you can calculate how many calories it will burn by using the following formula:

  • Take the MET value of the exercise you’re doing (8 in this case) and multiply it by 3.5 (because your body consumes 3.5 milliliters of oxygen per minute for each kilogram of your body weight).
  • Take this number and multiple it by your body weight in kilos.
  • Take the resulting number and divide it by 200 to get an estimation of how many calories you’ll burn for each minute of exercise.

How Many Calories Would 100 Burpees Burn?

We know that for every 10 minutes of burpees you do you’ll burn 100 calories, so we can use this to approximate how many calories each individual burpee burns. Assuming you’re moving at a consistent pace, if you’re an average person you should be able to perform one burpee every 3 seconds, or 20 burpees in a minute.

If it takes 10 minutes to burn 100 calories while doing burpees, and you’re performing about 20 burpees a minute, then doing 20 burpees will make your body burn 10 calories. If you multiply 20 by 5 to get 100, then you can see that doing 100 burpees would burn about 50 calories.

How Many Burpees Would I Need to Do to Burn 500 Calories?

Going off of the previous calculation and assuming that you’re able to continuously do burpees at a consistent pace, you would need to do 1,000 burpees in order to burn 500 calories.

How Many Burpees Would I Need to Do to Burn 1,000 Calories?

To find this out, you just need to double the number of burpees you’d need to do to burn 500 calories. Therefore, to burn 1,000 calories you’d need to do a whopping 2,000 burpees. If you were able to do them non-stop at a rate of 20 burpees a minute, it would take you 100 minutes to complete 2,000 burpees.

Can I Lose Weight by Doing 100 Burpees Every Day?

Burpees are a great way to warm up before a workout and to burn a few extra calories. However, it will probably prove difficult to lose weight if you rely on burpees alone, and even if you’re doing 100 burpees a day you won’t be making that much of a dent in your daily caloric intake.

In addition, for a workout to be effective, you need to burn about 400-500 calories during it. If you were to try and do this with burpees alone, you’d have to do burpees for 45-50 minutes straight. Not only would this kind of workout be particularly difficult, but it would probably be quite tedious also.