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How Many Calories are Burned by Elliptical?


Last modified 4th January 2016

Welcome to the elliptical section of DietandFitnessToday and the associated calories burned and weight lost. Here we present a list of 1 activities based on the general description of elliptical and the calories burnt for a typical man and woman.

These elliptical activities range from the highest calorie burn from 'Elliptical trainer, moderate effort' which burns 215 calories in 30 minutes through to the activity 'Elliptical trainer, moderate effort' which has the lowest calorie burn of 215 calories in 30 minutes, for a typical adult weighing 190 pounds (86 Kg).

To help you find the information you need, we first focus on the most common elliptical activities. This is followed by the activities with the highest, lowest and average burnt calories per minute and per hour

We also cover the predicted weight loss from elliptical, typical food calorie equivalents and our new proprietary calories burned score© and calories burned rank©

For Elliptical trainer, moderate effort, which is a typical intensity activity under the general description of elliptical activities, the average calories burned by a person weighing 190 pounds (86 Kg) in 30 minutes is 215 Calories. In one hour the same activity will burn 431 Calories.

Effect of Intensity on the Calorie Calculator

Although the above is a typical example for elliptical, 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 Elliptical

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

The calorie score gives an indication of the relative burn rate measured as a percentage score out of 100 for the different elliptical 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 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.

Calories Burned in 30 Minutes for a Typical elliptical Activity

As we have previously mentioned Elliptical trainer, moderate effort is a moderate and typical level of intensity for elliptical and can be used as a general representative approximate measure for calories burnt by elliptical. For this activity in 30 minutes an average man weighing 190 pounds (86 kg) burns 215 Calories, while an average woman weighing 163 pounds (74 kg), in 30 minutes burns 185 Calories.

Calories Per Minute

The calories burned per minute for Elliptical trainer, moderate effort is 7 Calories per minute, for a typical man and for a typical female is 6 Calories per minute.

Calories Per Hour

The calories lost in one hour is 431 calories for a typical man, and 370 calories in one hour for a typical woman.

How to Burn 100 Calories

To burn 100 calories for a typical male would require 14 minutes of the activity Elliptical trainer, moderate effort and to burn 100 calories with the same elliptical activity for a typical female would take 17 minutes.

Score and Rank

Elliptical trainer, moderate effort has a Calorie Burned Score© of 19.2 out of 100 which means it gives a calorie burn of 19.2 % of the highest realistic calorie burn possible. This activity has a Calorie Burned Rank© of 71 out of 100 ie it is in the top 71 % of activities in terms of calorie burn. There are in fact 310 activities that have a higher calorie burn than Elliptical trainer, moderate effort

Equivalent Activities

The following activities burn the same number of calories as Elliptical trainer, moderate effort -

  • aerobic, low impact
  • army type obstacle course exercise, boot camp training program
  • ballet, modern, or jazz, general, rehearsal or class
  • carrying 1 to 15 lb load, upstairs
  • carrying 15 pound load (e.g. suitcase), level ground or downstairs

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 Elliptical trainer, moderate effort burns 5.4 times more calories than the equivalent time of inactivity for an average man and 5.0 times more calories for an average female.

Food Calorie Equivalents

This level of 215 calories burnt by an average man Elliptical trainer, moderate effort is equivalent to 0.4 Big Macs, 0.8 snickers bar, 1.8 Starbucks Grande Skinny Lattes, 0.7 cheeseburgers, 0.8 slices of pizza or 0.6 large blueberry muffins.

For an average female burning 185 calories is equivalent to 0.3 Big Macs, 0.7 snickers bar, 1.5 Starbucks Grande Skinny Lattes, 0.6 cheeseburgers, 0.6 slices of pizza or 0.5 large blueberry muffins.

Weight Loss from Elliptical

To answer the question how many pounds will I lose from the activity elliptical? Taking this example of Elliptical trainer, moderate effort in 30 minutes, the weight loss for a typical man is a minimum of 0.03 pounds, and a typical woman would lose 0.03 pounds.

Based on 4 sessions per week of Elliptical trainer, moderate effort for a duration of 30 minutes per session, the approximate time taken to lose one pound is 8 weeks for a man and 8 weeks for a woman, assuming no other changes in lifestyle or eating habits.

The same 4 sessions per week of Elliptical trainer, moderate effort for a duration of 30 minutes per session, would lose 1kg in 4 weeks for a man and 4 weeks for a woman.

Elliptical Activity with the Highest Calorie Burn

The highest number of calories burned for an average person is achieved by Elliptical trainer, moderate effort. For this activity in 30 minutes an average man burns 215 Calories, while an average woman in 30 minutes burns 185 Calories.

This activity of Elliptical trainer, moderate effort has a Calories Burned Score© of 19.2 out of 100 which means it gives a calorie burn of 19.2 % of the maximum realistic calorie burn possible. This activity has a Calories Burned Rank© of 71 out of 100 ie it is in the top 71 % of activities in terms of calorie burn. There are in fact 310 activities that have a higher calorie burn than Elliptical trainer, moderate effort

Elliptical Activity with the Lowest Calorie Burn

The elliptical activity with the lowest calories burnt is Elliptical trainer, moderate effort, which for an average man in 30 minutes burns 215 Calories, and for an average woman burns 185 Calories.

This activity of Elliptical trainer, moderate effort has a Calories Burned Score© of out of 100 which means it gives a calorie burn of % of the maximum realistic calorie burn possible. This activity has a Calories Burned Rank© of out of 100 ie it is in the top % of activities in terms of calorie burn. There are in fact activities that have a higher calorie burn than Elliptical trainer, moderate effort

Average Calories Burned by Elliptical

Based on the the list of 1 elliptical activities, shown below, the average calories burned for an average male, weighing 190 pounds (86 kg) is 215 Calories for 30 minutes of elliptical. The average burnt for an average female, weighing 163 pounds (74 kg) is 185 Calories for 30 minutes of elliptical.

Elliptical for 30 minutes - Calories Burned Calculator

Calories Burned in 30 minutes of elliptical for Average Male (M) and Female (F) (click to personalise).
Elliptical trainer, moderate effort - calories  Male=215 kcal, Female=185 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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