How many calories do you burn doing BJJ?

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  1. Nogi bear White Belt

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    Out of curiosity - does anyone have a rough idea how many calories they burn doing BJJ.

    Our gym normally do a 30 - 45 minute sparring session and I find it really hard to judge how much I am actually burning. Sometimes I feel absolutely exhausted but I don't know if that is down to the lack of air in our gym and then some nights I feel like I have just had a light run. I suppose it all depends on your opponent and how hard they are working you.

    I'm trying to cut some weight but have found I've lost about as much as I can just from BJJ. I think since the 1st day I've trained I've lost about 10 - 14 lbs but I don't see my weight going down any lower.

    Probably have to start ditching the burgers and booze :(.

    Thanks in advance.
     
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    I think it would depend on how hard you work.
     
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  3. brandon0627 White Belt

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    Good question. Hope someone has a decent answer. I've thought about this also.
     
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  4. kramer733 Blue Belt

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    Like velvet glove said, it depends on how much you work.
     
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  5. Varth Green Belt

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    Diets make up a huge part of weight loss. If you are just eating a shit load of crap and aren't burning all of it then it's useless. Just stick with salad and wheats and go to the D & S forum and you'll be fine.
     
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  6. wildman1717 Green Belt

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    Depends on the workout and also on the person. No two people will burn the same amount of calories.
     
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    I go for 4 hours at a time, so I guess around 500-1000.
     
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    Yes, but when you watch a higher belt fending off a lower belt with ease, you see there's no one size fits all number. Of course, I don't care much for counting calories, I just try to stick with unprocessed foods and very little carbs.
     
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  11. Nogi bear White Belt

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    Interesting cheers.
     
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    Calories Burned for
    ^^^ Not sure how accurate but interesting.

    I would probably say:
    1200 for aspazzzy White Belt
    Around 600-800 for Blue Belts and higher.
     
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  13. FollowYourBliss Yellow Belt

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    ^^^ I base that off of about 2 hours of training.
     
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  14. Mr. Switch TALLY HO!

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  15. armtriangle Brown Belt

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    That calculator puts wrestling @ 400 per hour for a 150# person... I would say that is closer to reality than 700. It says 540 for "martial arts"... my guess is that wrestling is closer to what we do than what they are calling martial arts. 300-400 sounds about right to me.
     
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  16. 879lexus Blue Belt

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    A calorie is a unit of energy. We tend to associate calories with food, but they apply to anything containing energy. For example, a gallon (about 4 liters) of gasoline contains about 31,000,000 calories.

    Specifically, a calorie is the amount of energy, or heat, it takes to raise the temperature of 1 gram of water 1 degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit). One calorie is equal to 4.184 joules, a common unit of energy used in the physical sciences.

    Most of us think of calories in relation to food, as in "This can of soda has 200 calories." It turns out that the calories on a food package are actually kilocalories (1,000 calories = 1 kilocalorie). The word is sometimes capitalized to show the difference, but usually not. A food calorie contains 4,184 joules. A can of soda containing 200 food calories contains 200,000 regular calories, or 200 kilocalories. A gallon of gasoline contains 31,000 kilocalories.
     
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  17. BJJ Coffee Drinker Amateur Fighter

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    I think finding the exact amount of calories one burns during bjj/wrestling/grappling would be extremely difficult to accurately measure if not impossible
     
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    You say you've lost all you can lose with BJJ then you go on to say you need to ditch burgers and booze. I'd worry less about the exact number of calories you're burning in class and worry about the exact number of calories you're consuming in a day.

    What you eat is more important then physical activity for weight loss. I would start eating better but don't become a food nazi or you won't last. Just try to eat healthy whole foods and roll as much as possible... The weight will come off, I promise. I went from 197 to 164 (sub 10% body fat) with only BJJ and watching what I eat.
     
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  20. mtruitt76 Purple Belt

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    30-40 minutes of interval training on an elliptical burns 600-700 calories. BJJ would be most similar to interval training since you typically have alternating periods of high activity and low activity. So I would guess a BJJ class would be in the 500-800 calorie range depending on how hard you roll.
     
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