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EXNOLA Posts: 296
10/5/12 8:00 A

I have the same problem with that particular selection, though mine registers as even lower. I asked over on Tech Support though nothing has helped yet. I just track it differently now.

HTHREE333 Posts: 14
10/4/12 1:11 P

When I did Body Pump, I would burn between 250 and 275 calories in about an hour. I wear a heart rate monitor. Less than any cardio workout I do but more than when I just lift weights. Hope that helps.

CHEETARA79 SparkPoints: (103,583)
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10/4/12 9:29 A

I'm pretty sure that class is more like a circuit training class. You don't rest between exercises and you use lower weights and do more reps than if you were doing traditional strength training.

JORDANNNE SparkPoints: (19,395)
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10/3/12 8:30 P

I'm wondering if the reason why it's tracking so low is that there are no sets/reps entered? Dunno. I do PUMP as well and track it as "spark people dumb bell" workout... (something like that), and put the time in as 55 minutes.

I gotta say that when I do PUMP, my heart rate is really high, and I'm sweating the same as if I were doing a cardio workout... it's all the reps - and when you put your weight up and do all those reps - Wow!

GLASGOWWEST SparkPoints: (0)
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8/29/12 4:48 P

Thanks for that. I'll keep that in mind. Like Apricot24, I love it and much prefer it to cardio, unless it's dancing or zumba.

APRICOT24 SparkPoints: (2,778)
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8/29/12 11:07 A

I love body pump, its an easy class to do in the morning (although some of the ladies are VERY protective of their sacred spot?). It does frustrate me that I can't log the correct amount of calories though. I have to be honest to a fault about my snacks, at least my workouts could be on my side :)

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (60,906)
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8/29/12 10:05 A

IF it's truly strength, then what you're seeing is a token amount of calories because that's what strength does. :) Strength is NOT cardio, and it's difficult to estimate the calories burned... so much so that Sparkpeople used to not even track ANY calories! They give you a token amount now.

Strength training doesn't burn a lot of calories. 300-400 an hour is cardio levels.

The benefits of strength training are boosted metabolism, more efficient workouts, more lean muscle mass, and much, much more. What it doesn't do is give you big calorie burn while you're doing it.

Stick with the count you have; there's no way to accurately estimate it. Worry more about minutes and tracking your improvement through weight, and count those extra calories as bonus calories.

GLASGOWWEST SparkPoints: (0)
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8/29/12 8:32 A

Nope, I looked again and I had chosen a preset option from the Spark list:

Group strength training class (such as Body Pump, Body Sculpting, Boot Camp or toning class)

It still only registers 40 calories for 45 minutes. Maybe it's just a software glitch. Thanks anyway.

GLASGOWWEST SparkPoints: (0)
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8/29/12 8:30 A

Yes, thanks, I put it in as strength coz that's what I would say body pump is rather than cardio. That's a big help. I'll change it. Seems such a waste to do all that work and only clock 40 wee calories, ha.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (60,906)
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8/29/12 8:27 A

IT sounds like you may be tracking them as strength, or entering the minutes in the calories section.

Here's how you estimate calories burned for DVDs, video games, and classes:

GLASGOWWEST SparkPoints: (0)
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8/29/12 8:11 A

When I track my body pump and other similar classes, Spark only registers 40 calories burned in 45 minutes. I understand it to be more like 3-400 calories. How can I correct this.

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