Top 5 best calorie-burning gym machines


If your time at the gym is limited or you really want to go all out on your calorie burn, it can be really important to make your workout as efficient as possible. Choosing the machines that can give you the highest calorie burn can give your workout a big impact in a short space of time. We are going to take you through the top 5 workout machines at the gym to burn off the most calories.

1) Air bike (Assault bike)

Also known as an assault bike, the air bike is a crazy efficient way of burning calories. It’s different from a traditional bike because your arms will also be picking up a lot of the work. The air bike has 2 handles that you move back and forth and pedals that you, well, pedal. The resistance is provided by a fan (hence, “air bike”). Of course, you can always increase the intensity of your workout by going harder/faster, but with the air bike, this also alters the resistance. The harder you pedal, the higher the resistance from the fan. So it actually gets harder the harder you work. This really helps to multiply your calorie burn.

This means that you can burn around 20-30 calories a minute, which can be as much as 600 calories in 30 minutes.

2) Treadmill

The much-maligned treadmill has had a bad reputation. People often see it as boring and pointless but, actually, in terms of calorie burn it is one of the best machines you can jump on at the gym. You can vary your intensity by sprinting in intervals or adjusting the incline, so it doesn’t always have to be as boring as people think.

The number of calories you burn on the treadmill depends on your age, weight, and sex, but the average male can burn 150-200 calories per 30 minutes.

3) Rowing machine

The rowing machine is a great all-body workout, using around 80% of your muscles. All of this without putting any undue stress on your joints. So this is a great option for people who want to maximise their calorie burn without risking injury.

Depending on the intensity of your workout and your body composition, you can expect to burn around 200-300 calories per 30 minutes.

4) Stationary bike

Everyone and their dog seems to do spinning nowadays, but it has become that popular for a good reason. You don’t just have to be limited to spin classes, however. Jumping on an indoor bike like the WattBike can give you all sorts of benefits that will help you to burn those extra calories.

Using an indoor bike, you can expect to burn 200-300 calories per 30 minutes.

5) SkiErg

Indoor skiing machines, like the SkiErg, are often overlooked in the gym. With the SkiErg, you squat in one spot and pull down on the handles to simulate skiing. While it may not look like much from the outside, this is a really intense workout that will burn tonnes of calories in a short space of time.

Depending on how hard you push, you can burn 300 calories or more in 30 minutes.

By making smart choices about the machines you can workout on, you can make your gym time a super-efficient calorie-burning session. A person living in York for example would prefer to use a gym in York so they get the most of their gym session by not travelling to a gym in the next town. And the best part of it is there is such a lot of choice and the potential for you to really enjoy exercising on all of the different machines. The time will fly by and you will be hundreds of calories down without even realising it!