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Dancing With The Stars’ Jake Pavelka Loses 10 Pounds and Has 3,800 Calorie Diet

I attended “Dancing With The Stars” this week to cheer on a good friend of mine, Jake Pavelka. Jake and I were on the same “Bachelorette” show together and became pretty good friends from that experience. He was then asked to be the next “Bachelor” and he blew up from there. I got to chat with Jake for a few minutes after the show and asked how he and Vienna were doing. He replied, “My girlfriend and I; I mean my fiance and I, are great!!” I couldn’t help but chuckle as he is still getting used to the whole situation.

During the last bit of our conversation I asked him how the intensity was during practice and rehearsal. He replied, “Man, it’s tough. I have lost ten pounds thus far while eating a 3,800 calorie diet.”

Each couple practice and rehearse for at least six hours a day, thus burning an enormous amount of calories. An intense hour of dancing burns 500 to 700 calories depending on your height, weight, and fitness level. So, let’s say Jake burns 700 calories an hour for six hours, that’s a grand total of 4,200 calories. No wonder he has lost so much weight!

Not only can you enjoy a serious calorie burn from dancing, here are some more fitness and health benefits of dancing:

  1. Improve stamina
  2. Increase endurance
  3. Improve flexibility
  4. Lower blood pressure
  5. Improve cholesterol level
  6. Improve balance and coordination
  7. Prevent or help treat osteoporosis
  8. Reduce stress (except when performing live in front of millions of viewers)
  9. Lower risk of coronary heart disease
  10. Increase energy levels
  11. Improve body composition
  12. Strengthen bones of the legs and hips

Make sure to vote for my friend Jake Pavelka, he definitely needs our support. Good luck Jake!

April 1st, 2010

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Hmm well then it's no wonder why I was a twig back in my clubbing days...I went out dancing like 3 hours a day 3 or 4 times a week and never had a problem with weight.

posted Apr 3rd, 2010 10:12 am


Let's DO be real about dancing !!!

Swing or Jive or Lindy are very fast paced dances requiring a LOT of energy. It's easy to burn 500 calories an hour.

Samba is very fast moving as is Quickstep, Cha Cha and Mambo /Salsa

Most of the dancers I see on the floor
are fairly lean and fit. Even the 90 year
olds are in good condition. ( They just
can't move as well).

The AVERAGE dance party is anywhere from 3 to 5 hours long.

At Weekend Dance getaways, competitions or dance congresses, you can start dancing as early as 8:00 am in the workshops and shut the dance floor down at 3:00 am the following morning.

4 hours sleep and a shower and many dancers are up dancing again.

In summary.... the calories and training Jake is referring to are fairly COMMON among hobby dancers, except he is training everyday, where most social dancers might only dance once or twice per week and may only be in the studio
another two days.

So, let's be real. If you're dancing the fast paced dances in ballroom, you WILL burn up a lot of calories, and you will achieve a fairly high level of physical
fitness and flexibility.

Great for losing and maintaining weight also.

One other point. Dancing is an extreme
physical skill, requiring strengh (for dips, jumps, flips and lifts), flexibility (for movement) and endurance ( try viennese waltz or
quickstep for 5 minutes). It also requires
coordination and acrobatics, you NEED to be there for your partner with split
second timing. What you are seeing the professionals do on DWTS requires years of practice, but is well within the capability of any dancer in good health who is willing to put in the practice time.

Dancing for over 15 years.

posted Apr 1st, 2010 9:19 pm


Great that dancing is so good for you and is fun but let's be real. The calories per hour burned rate he is talking about is never going to be achieved unless you are training professionally. That will be NOT be anywhere near anything you could call a norm.

posted Apr 1st, 2010 3:21 pm


i like you to feed me back pls

posted Apr 1st, 2010 1:40 pm


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