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ORCHIDBLOSSOM Posts: 534
2/14/13 12:59 P

A heart rate monitor is definitely worth the investment, and I've heard you can get some good ones for around $60 from Polar. Using one is in my opinion far superior to using the fitness tracker, because the tracker can't account for individual differences and fitness levels. Especially something like HIIT.

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LETAYLOR5413 SparkPoints: (21,667)
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2/14/13 9:07 A

Thanks to everyone for the helpful hints! I've been wanting a heart rate monitor for some time, but budget is an issue for me.

KMS41289 Posts: 239
2/13/13 7:47 P

I track my HIIT as Circuit Training or High Intensity Aerobics (Such as P90X or Insanity)

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2/13/13 7:36 P

I use HIIT on the various cardio machines. I just log the time (total) and let the body & scale "duke" it out in how it all falls together!
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2/13/13 5:28 P

I also use a HRM. It makes it so much easier. My HIIT workouts for TurboFire usually burn around 250 calories for 25 minutes. But that will vary depending on your stats. I highly recommend the HRM. You can get a good one for a decent price.

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2/13/13 4:48 P

I have a heart rate monitor, so I'm able to manually enter the exercise and calories burned. I highly recommend one...it takes the guesswork out of everything :)

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LETAYLOR5413 SparkPoints: (21,667)
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2/13/13 2:38 P

Does anybody else log HIIT activities? I try to put them in my fitness tracker, but I don't know what else to label them other than vigorous strength exercise. However, even the average burn count of one of these is about 300 calories per hour, and I think the standard HIIT (think BodyRockTV) burns more calories than that. My HIIT series usually involve bursts of cardio and bursts of strength, like tabata training. I don't know what to log these as, nor do I have any idea how many calories they actually burn. DOes anybody have any clue how many calories a 30 minute HIIT or Tabata routine actually burns for a 135 pound individual?

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