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How Many Calories are Burned by Crossfit?



Welcome to the crossfit section of DietandFitnessToday where the highest number of calories burned is 625 Calories, for Crossfit maximal intensity. This is for an average male weighting 190 pounds (86 Kg). Below is a list of 3 activities based on the general description of crossfit, ranging from the highest calorie burn from 'Crossfit maximal intensity' which burns 625 calories in 30 minutes through to the activity 'Crossfit low intensity' which has the lowest calorie burn of 452 calories in 30 minutes, for a typical adult weighing 190 pounds (86 Kg).

For Crossfit at typical intensity, which is a typical intensity activity under the general description of crossfit activities, the average calories burned by a person weighing 190 pounds (86 Kg) in 30 minutes is 595 Calories. In one hour Crossfit at typical intensity will burn 1,189 Calories.

Summary of Crossfit Information and Charts

To help you find the information you need, we first focus on Crossfit at typical intensity which is the most common crossfit activity. This is followed by the activities with the highest burn rate which is Crossfit maximal intensity, and the lowest which is Crossfit low intensity, giving the average calories burned per minute and per hour, along with food calorie equivalents and our new proprietary calories burned score© and calories burned rank©The calorie score gives an indication of the relative burn rate of the crossfit activities measured as a percentage score out of 100 for the different crossfit activities, where 100% is the maximum calorie burn which we estimate from running at a pace of 4 minutes per mile which is a world class speed for running for 30 mins.

The calorie rank is the rank of the crossfit activity compared with all other 800 activities in our database to give an indication of the percentage of activities which have a higher or lower calorie burn. A rank of 1 means it is the highest ranking activity in terms or calorie burn and a rank of 100 means it is the activity with the lowest carlorie burn compared with all other activities.

Effect of Intensity on the Calorie Calculator

Although the above is a typical example for crossfit, the calculator we use to determine the calories burnt depends on the intensity, duration and your body weight. At the bottom of the article we have a variety of different intensities which can be personalized based on your weight and the duration of the activities, using our free calculator.

Calorie Score and Calorie Rank for Crossfit

At dietandfitnesstoday we have a new proprietary concept of a Calories Burned Score© and Calories Burned Rank©.

Calories Burned in 30 Minutes for a Typical crossfit Activity

As we have previously mentioned Crossfit at typical intensity is a moderate and typical level of intensity for crossfit and can be used as a general representative approximate measure for calories burnt by crossfit. For this activity in 30 minutes an average man weighing 190 pounds (86 kg) burns 595 Calories, while an average woman weighing 163 pounds (74 kg), in 30 minutes burns 510 Calories.

Calories Per Minute

The calories burned per minute for Crossfit at typical intensity is 20 Calories per minute, for a typical man and for a typical female is 17 Calories per minute.

Calories Per Hour

The calories lost in one hour is 1,189 calories for a typical man, and 1,020 calories in one hour for a typical woman.

How to Burn 100 Calories

To burn 100 calories for a typical male would require 5 minutes of the activity Crossfit at typical intensity and to burn 100 calories with the same crossfit activity for a typical female would take 6 minutes.

Score and Rank

Crossfit at typical intensity has a Calorie Burned Score© of 58.7 out of 100 which means it gives a calorie burn of 58.7 % of the highest realistic calorie burn possible. This activity has a Calorie Burned Rank© of 17 out of 100 ie it is in the top 17 % of activities in terms of calorie burn. There are in fact 17 activities that have a higher calorie burn than Crossfit at typical intensity

Equivalent Activities

The following activities burn the same number of calories as Crossfit at typical intensity -

  • swimming, butterfly, general

Comparison with Inactivity

30 mins of inactivity for example just sitting and watching television burns 43 calories for a typical man and 37 calories for a typical woman. Which means Crossfit at typical intensity burns 14.9 times more calories than the equivalent time of inactivity for an average man and 13.8 times more calories for an average female.

Food Calorie Equivalents

This level of 595 calories burnt by an average man Crossfit at typical intensity is equivalent to 1.1 Big Macs, 2.1 snickers bar, 5.0 Starbucks Grande Skinny Lattes, 2.0 cheeseburgers, 2.1 slices of pizza or 1.5 large blueberry muffins.

For an average female burning 510 calories is equivalent to 0.9 Big Macs, 1.8 snickers bar, 4.3 Starbucks Grande Skinny Lattes, 1.7 cheeseburgers, 1.8 slices of pizza or 1.3 large blueberry muffins.

Weight Loss from Crossfit

To answer the question how many pounds will I lose from the activity crossfit? Taking this example of Crossfit at typical intensity in 30 minutes, the weight loss for a typical man is a minimum of 0.09 pounds, and a typical woman would lose 0.07 pounds.

Based on 4 sessions per week of Crossfit at typical intensity for a duration of 30 minutes per session, the approximate time taken to lose one pound is 3 weeks for a man and 4 weeks for a woman, assuming no other changes in lifestyle or eating habits.

The same 4 sessions per week of Crossfit at typical intensity for a duration of 30 minutes per session, would lose 1kg in 1 weeks for a man and 2 weeks for a woman.

Crossfit Activity with the Highest Calorie Burn

The highest number of calories burned for an average person is achieved by Crossfit maximal intensity. For this activity in 30 minutes an average man burns 625 Calories, while an average woman in 30 minutes burns 536 Calories.

This activity of Crossfit maximal intensity has a Calories Burned Score© of 61.8 out of 100 which means it gives a calorie burn of 61.8 % of the maximum realistic calorie burn possible. This activity has a Calories Burned Rank© of 14 out of 100 ie it is in the top 14 % of activities in terms of calorie burn. There are in fact 11 activities that have a higher calorie burn than Crossfit maximal intensity

Since this level of activity is in the top 15% of all activities it is not advised to attempt this level of activity if you are just starting out on a new fitness regime. In fact this level of intensity may be beyond all but the highest levels of fitness.

Crossfit Activity with the Lowest Calorie Burn

The crossfit activity with the lowest calories burnt is Crossfit low intensity, which for an average man in 30 minutes burns 452 Calories, and for an average woman burns 388 Calories.

This activity of Crossfit low intensity has a Calories Burned Score© of 43.9 out of 100 which means it gives a calorie burn of 43.9 % of the maximum realistic calorie burn possible. This activity has a Calories Burned Rank© of 34 out of 100 ie it is in the top 34 % of activities in terms of calorie burn. There are in fact 52 activities that have a higher calorie burn than Crossfit low intensity

Average Calories Burned by Crossfit

Based on the the list of 3 crossfit activities, shown below, the average calories burned for an average male, weighing 190 pounds (86 kg) is 557 Calories for 30 minutes of crossfit. The average burnt for an average female, weighing 163 pounds (74 kg) is 478 Calories for 30 minutes of crossfit.

Crossfit for 30 minutes - Calories Burned Calculator

Calories Burned in 30 minutes of crossfit for Average Male (M) and Female (F) (click to personalise).
Crossfit maximal intensity - calories  Male=625 kcal, Female=536 kcal.
Crossfit at typical intensity - calories  Male=595 kcal, Female=510 kcal.
Crossfit low intensity - calories  Male=452 kcal, Female=388 kcal.

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Calories Burned Activities


  aerobics
  at work
  badminton
  baseball
  ballet
  ballroom dancing
  basketball
  boxing
  biking
  canoeing
  climbing
  cleaning
  cricket
  cross country skiing
  crossfit
  cycling
  dancing
  exercise
  elliptical
  fishing
  football
  fencing
  gardening
  golf
  gymnastics
  hiking
  horse riding
  housework
  ice skating
  jogging
  judo
  karate
  kayaking
  kick boxing
  pilates
  rodeo sports
  rollerblading
  ropejumping
  rowing
  rugby
  running
  resting
  sailing
  shopping
  sitting
  skating
  skiing
  sleeping
  soccer
  softball
  spinning
  sports
  standing
  step aerobics
  swimming
  tae kwan do
  tennis
  treadmill
  volleyball
  walking
  water polo
  weight lifting
  yoga
  zumba

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