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December 2, 2011 7:15 AM
I have been using ketltebells for 3+ years and not unusual to burn 600-700 calories in a kettlebell work out and because of high intensity intervals you the after workout calorie burn is incredible with 1000 calories over the next 4 hours. I recommend finding a place that does small group classes and learn the proper techniques of kettlebells for the most benefit and also not hurt yourself. Also HRM's are awesome. HeartRateMonitors dot com is a great site with good prices and Polar is an awesome brand, $70 will but a good one.
December 20, 2011 8:02 PM
January 12, 2012 6:16 PM
Here is a website that you put your weight and how long you did Kettlebells for and it will tell you how many calories burned!
January 12, 2012 6:19 PM
i did a workout with them this morning for about 30 minutes, i used circiut training as you do diffrent moves. it said about 400 calories. i hope this is right!!!
January 17, 2012 2:22 AM

Here is a website that you put your weight and how long you did Kettlebells for and it will tell you how many calories burned!

The right link would be:

It needs the exercise bit at the end, otherwise the calculator won't work. ;-)
February 28, 2012 7:24 AM <--- CALCULATOR, put in your weight and how many minutes and it spits it out for you... VOILA! lol
July 13, 2012 5:41 PM
Calorie expenditure formulas for men and women are available from the "Journal of Sports Sciences." The formula for women is Calories = [(0.380 x VO2 max) + (0.450 x Heart Rate) + (0.274 x Age) + (0.0468 x Weight) - 59.3954] x Time / 4.184. The formula for men is Calories = [(0.404 x VO2 max) + (0.634 x Heart Rate) + (0.271 x Age) + (0.179 x Weight) - 95.7735] x Time / 4.184.

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September 16, 2012 10:18 PM

The problem with this is the SOLE determiner for calories burned is can change your weight all you want, and as long as the time remains the same, it will spit out the same calories.

When you work out with Kettlebells, the weight of the bells is going to change the calories burned...just like regular weights. I'm going to burn more calories doing 1 minute of swings at 53 pounds than I will if I swing 20lbs for the same 1 minute period.

Since most kettlebell exercises are actually a combination of aerobic exercises, your BEST bet is to look to the aerobic equivalant and see if it allows a weight modifier. Examples would be Turkish Getups and Lunges. Snatches and Jerks would use the weightlifting equilvalent.

Where things get dicey are the unique exercises like Halo's and Figure 8's.

Taylorsm88's post was awesome...assuming you are a math whiz (I'm not). I work on the concept that as long as I have a fairly good ballpark, and I am keeping my calorie intake lower than that expenditure, then I am ok.
September 16, 2012 10:22 PM
I burn about 8-10 calories per minute, using a 20lbs kettlebell.
September 16, 2012 10:28 PM
So glad I found this discussion. I recently got a 10 pound KB, and my doctor just cleared me to do as much as I want, as long as I stop when I feel I need to, So I'm psyched!

I really don't care too much about how many calories just now. I need to build some strength and stamina--and maybe improve my balance.
January 12, 2013 9:15 PM
bump to come back to later
July 27, 2013 8:36 PM

Found this. It seems high but it's easier than % of body weight x bpm x PI + curvature of the earth. Lol!
July 27, 2013 10:07 PM
i think we may have set a record for oldest thread ever resurrected. brb gonna check the archives.
July 28, 2013 12:11 AM
But note that it is regularly resurrected... People DO use the search function!
July 28, 2013 12:48 AM
It's all a guesstimation.

My kettlebell workout, 20lbs kb, 120 minutes full body circuit.

My HRM + workout app data
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Calories burned: 1734

Same data calculated with

Calories burned: 2400

Same data, different calculator

Calories burned: 1344.08

MFP, Circuit training, general

Calories burned: 849

So I burned between 849 and 2400 kcal... Ugh, right. Now how do I balance my net calories?
July 28, 2013 3:11 AM
200 is low. I do an hour session and burn around 500 cals. Using 6kg for mat exercises and 12kg for swings, squats, etc.
July 28, 2013 3:32 AM


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