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Inline Skating Calories Burned

eebee's picture

With all our various posts to this site about calories, intake & output & weight loss, I couldn't remember if anybody had posted about the varying supposed number of calories burned while inline skating. A basic internet search yields many different claims as to how many calories an inline skater burns. Of course the main factor is one's weight, then the duration of the skate. But I think most claims out there, typically the ones listed as 'rollerblading' in a drop-down box along with Tae Kwon Do, Aerobics and Jogging, are misleading because it doesn't allow for intensity. Factoring in Heart Rate would help here, since someone with either excellent technique and/or a high level of fitness could go 12mph on hills barely raising their heart rate.


Jim Safianuk writes on inlineskating.about.com http://inlineskating.about.com/od/skatingforfitness/a/inlinefitness1.htm that a 160 lb person skating for 1 hr at 10mph would burn 555 cals. Granted, this is on a 'skating for fitness' page.


On www.fitwatch.com, they come up with 914 cals burned for a 160lbs person skating for 1 hr. http://www.fitwatch.com/phpscripts/viewexercise.php?descr=roller%20blading/inline%20skating&mets=12.0


Ah! On ExRx.net, they actually distinguish between 'casual' and 'fast' rollerblading: 1 hr casual skating for a 160lbs person = 576 cals, and 1 hr fast skating for a 160lbs person = 680



I remember several years ago Rollerblade came out with a chart which took your weight and mph into account. After a frustrating search, I found it on a guy named Chris's homepage: http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/2485/skate.html


This last Rollerblade one is probably the most useful, but it still doesn't take one's muscle mass & fat percentage in to account, since muscle eats through more calories than fat does. Two people, same height and weight, may have totally different bone structure - one with very small bone structure and one with a more rangy one. The one with lighter bones may have more body fat to bring them up to that weight, and the one with a broad bone structure may have very little fat, so surely they'd have different metabolic rates?

If anybody has found anything more in-depth than I have (above), please post it!


My heart rate monitor tells

My heart rate monitor tells me about 700 calories per hour if I'm pushing myself, significantly less for comfortably paced skates.



skatey-mark's picture

efficiency & calories burned

Well, I think the biggest problem with any of the online charts/calculators is that they don't take into account how good your form is.  For example, 6 years ago in my "rowlerblayding" days, it probably took as much energy for me to skate 12 mph as it does for me to skate 17 mph now...  (Some of that is better equipment also, I suppose...)

I've used www.caloriesperhour.com in the past to estimate calories burned, but it's not all that accurate I think.  For example, it says that skating 1 hour at 12 mph would be 783 calories.  My heart rate monitor would report something around 550-600 calories for that level of effort, which I would guess is around 65% of max.

I think a better way for them to provide an estimate would be to select the activity, select the intensity (% of max hr), and select the duration.  That might give something closer to what the hrm would estimate.  (Not that the hrm is the ultimate authority either, but it's probably reasonably close...)

Yesterday in the 100-mile (actually 102.8 mile skate that Dave & I did, my hrm said I burned just under 6000 calories in just under 8 hours.  That's 750 calories per hour for a moderate-hard effort.  The eight hours includes all the stops. I'd guess our "moving average" was probably around 14 mph and that includes some crazy climbs and tons of gatorback.  (More on that in the report I'll be posting later...)

Anyway, there are just so many variables (I didn't even think of road quality before I mentioned the gatorback, and whether the course is flat or hilly)...  I think anyone who is even remotely serious about exercise should buy a heart rate monitor so that they can have a gauge of their intensity level from one day to the next...

- SM -

eebee's picture

How many??!

Wait - 102 miles, 6000 calories??! Crikey. Congratulations to you and Dave! Looking forward to hearing all about it.



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