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DQUEENS Posts: 19
11/21/13 9:06 A

Under search, there is an option to enter my own exercise. I use that to enter calories burnt on the arc trainer. That way I can differentiate b/n arc trainer and elliptical.

What is your experience with the arc trainer though? Do you think it calculates calories accurately? Before my back injury, I used to run 5k/6 days a week. Sometimes on a treadmill, sometimes outside. On the treadmill it said I burned about 350 cal for 30 min (at ~6.2 mi/hr) and it felt hard (by the end I was drenched in sweat and out of breath)! Now that I cannot run any more, I do the arc trainer and it still says that I burnt 350 cal for 30 min but it feels A LOT easier than running. I do break a sweat but I am definitely not out of breath. I am certainly not getting the same cardio effect as running. SO, how is this possible that both workouts for the same duration burn the exact same calories when one feels so much easier? Does the arc trainer really burn as many calories as a 30 min run at 6.2 mi/hr? or was the treadmill I used underestimating?

height: 5'7"

11/18/13: 153 lbs

SHELLYL Posts: 76
11/20/13 2:32 P

I use the arc trainer at the gym too. I just input it in as elliptical as well.


HW May 2009 ~ 195
GW November 2010 ~126

Starting over is no fun! After a year of injuries and 13 weeks off for summer vacation I am ready to re-train myself to workout and be healthy again and try to be better this time :)
SW August 2012~ 148
ENEUMA01 SparkPoints: (4,809)
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11/20/13 10:01 A

I try and use the Arc trainer 5-6x a week in addition to befit in 90 videos on youtube. The arc trainer is great because it keeps me interested, unlike the elliptical and treadmill. Arthritis also runs in my family so the low impact aspect of the arc trainer is also a plus!

FOST40 Posts: 380
10/24/13 1:17 A

I love the arc trainer. It is the only gym equipment that doesn't cause any pain!

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 59,749
8/24/13 3:27 P

A heart rate monitor would be the most accurate way to estimate calories burned. If you don't have one, then I'd probably track it as elliptical just to give you a ballpark estimate.

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8/24/13 1:20 P

Hello, sometimes I use an arc trainer for cardio and put it on the weight loss or cardio program, and do interval training where I can increase the resistance every 2 minutes, and change up the pace. I was wondering how to enter it on the fitness tracker. I only see a listing for the elliptical. If I do 30 minutes at a moderate to fast pace, what would the calorie burn be?

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