#IndoorCycling vs. Outdoor Cycling: Calorie Output Comparison

Indoor cycling and outdoor cycling caloric output ranges are very close. Based on a study conducted by NutriStrategy*, when similar activities were monitored, indoor cycling generates a slightly higher caloric output. I prepared some charts to summarize the data in the table below (calories burned based on weight, duration, intensity and mode):

Activity (1 hour) 130 lb 155 lb 180 lb 205 lb
Cycling, mountain bike, bmx 502 598 695 791
Cycling, <10 mph, leisure bicycling 236 281 327 372
Cycling, >20 mph, racing 944 1126 1308 1489
Cycling, 10-11.9 mph, light 354 422 490 558
Cycling, 12-13.9 mph, moderate 472 563 654 745
Cycling, 14-15.9 mph, vigorous 590 704 817 931
Cycling, 16-19 mph, very fast, racing 708 844 981 1117
Unicycling 295 352 409 465
Stationary cycling, very light 177 211 245 279
Stationary cycling, light 325 387 449 512
Stationary cycling, moderate 413 493 572 651
Stationary cycling, vigorous 620 739 858 977
Stationary cycling, very vigorous 738 880 1022 1163

Notice the similarities between caloric output for cycling (vigorous and very fast, green) and for stationary cycling (vigorous and very vigorous, red). Indoor cycling generates more output, albeit by a small margin. The charts below reflect the narrow margin (click to enlarge).

comapre

 

Both forms of exercise have unique settings and demands. Their benefits are numerous. When weather conditions or other factors prevent you from riding outdoors, an indoor cycling class is as beneficial.

 

Ride on.

 

Tom

 

*NutriStrategy data: http://www.nutristrategy.com/caloriesburnedcycling.htm

 

 

 

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