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SOPHINEZ SparkPoints: (34,432)
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5/9/14 5:22 P

Thank you for all of the great suggestions. I knew my calculator for my stationary bike was way off! emoticon



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PFERG66 Posts: 2,094
5/9/14 5:10 P

M@L, I appreciate the help. Now I know 270 cals. is much closer to what I'm doing, as I do some sort of cardio during the short rest periods between sets. Thanks.

"With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable.
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MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 14,575
5/9/14 2:08 A

Actually, an HRM for a strength workout like kettlebells will NOT help.

HRM's are based on an assumption that your heart rate increases to deliver more oxygen to your muscles. This is true for aerobic activities like cardio. But with ST, your muscles are working anaerobically (without oxygen), and your heart rate does not increase in the same predictable way.

HRM's do NOT produce accurate results for anaerobic activity such as kettlebells.

You are right however to be suspicious of the 900 calories figure. As a reality check for ANY calorie estimate, most people burn around 6 calories per minute for moderate exercise, and 10 calories per minute for more vigorous exercise.

M@L

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
PFERG66 Posts: 2,094
5/8/14 9:59 P

Great idea! And 'doh!' to me for not thinking of Google!!! Thanks emoticon

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TRIATHLETEGIRL SparkPoints: (37,807)
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5/8/14 4:39 P

You can just google "calories burned per hour" and it will give you lots of different charts for activities that are commonly done for exercise or fitness. Some charts are better than others. The numbers I get from SparkPeople always seem way too high (as you have observed), so I just normally divide the calories burned by half. I'd rather underestimate than overestimate! Lately, I've ignored the calories burned completely and I just use the exercise tracker to keep track of my exercise minutes.

PFERG66 Posts: 2,094
5/8/14 1:25 P

Thanks. Yes, I'm hearing enough about a heart rate monitor that I will probably get one. The amount my heart rate increases during the workout seems significant. Especially when I am breathing correctly.

"With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable.
--Thomas Foxwell Buxton
LUANN_IN_PA Posts: 16,789
5/8/14 1:17 P

A heart rate monitor MAY help!

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PFERG66 Posts: 2,094
5/8/14 1:16 P

Riiiiight! emoticon That's why I'd like some more accurate info.

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--Thomas Foxwell Buxton
LAURELTOO SparkPoints: (564)
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5/8/14 1:07 P

I have never tried kettlebell but that seems high considering that running for an hour was coming up with fewer calories burned for me.

PFERG66 Posts: 2,094
5/8/14 11:12 A

I love my 45 minute beginner kettlebell routine! When I enter it on the fitness tracker it says, "Kettlebell Training" and 900 calories burned!!! I do work up a sweat, but I don't think I am burning anywhere near 900 calories--where can I get more accurate info?

"With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable.
--Thomas Foxwell Buxton
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