We ignore the number of calories burned in a workout because it’s an outdated and broken way of looking at exercise and nutrition for general health. Not only will calories consumed affect everyone differently, but the number of calories burned by people doing identical workouts will also vary for each person, every time, depending on a vast range of factors such as sleep and lifestyle habits, stress, and nutrition.
Regardless of this, the way we see it, the number of calories burned during a session at Ritual is arbitrary: the number doesn’t matter, even if we could know for sure what it is. That’s because when you train the way we teach here, you get an ‘afterburn’ effect whereby your body keeps burning calories for a long time after exercise. Research has shown that after HIIT, the metabolic rate can stay elevated for up to 48 hours compared to pre-exercise levels. When you enable your body to burn calories all day long, the number you burn during a session doesn’t matter.