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BESCATS SparkPoints: (238,436)
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1/18/12 7:30 P

I love working out on the elliptical. I put the crossramp at 10, and get the resistance up to about 7, depending how I feel that day. I'm 64 & started going to the gym a couple of months ago, and go 3 times a week. I also work out with the weights, as well as the cardio. I start off with the elliptical for 30 minutes, then go do my weights, and finish with either the treadmill or bicycle. Sometimes, dread going, but always glad I did, feel great after my workout. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,412
1/18/12 6:39 P

I agree with Unident - with an elliptical, you are working against the resistance of the machine, not against your body weight.

If the elliptical is producing a low number of calories burned, it is probably because you are using a relatively low speed and resistance setting.

I'd go with the more conservative of the two estimates.


CORTNEY-LEE SparkPoints: (67,852)
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1/18/12 3:56 P

I can burn about 400 calories in half an hour on the elliptical

I use level 10
I also do 'hill' intervals
Plus... I weigh about 250 pounds

I get my reading from my HRM - spark gives me a really high figure too.

UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
1/18/12 1:23 P

The elliptical is a magnetic resistance machine. You aren't working against your own bodyweight, you are working against the level of resistance you select on the control panel.

Notice Sparkpeople didn't ask you about the level of resistance when you looked up their entry. Thirty minutes at level 1 gives you the same calorie burn as 30 minute at level 20.

If you're interested in accurate recording you should buy and wear a heart rate monitor, which will give you a personalised calorie burn figure you can manually enter into Spark. This particular type of activity is not well suited to online estimations (compared with bodyweight and long-studied exercises like running).

GRACEANDSPARK SparkPoints: (3)
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1/18/12 11:50 A

It's actually saying 634 for the 30 minutes! Also, the machine takes my weight into consideration but not age or gender.

I decided to split the difference - I put in 310 which is my cardio requirement, according to SP.

I figure at this point what's most important is I get my heart rate up for 30 minutes, more days than not. Once I get habits established, I can focus on the finer points! :)


SONICB Posts: 4,362
1/18/12 11:30 A

SP's fitness calculators also take into account your weight, so check to make sure that you have entered your weight/height/age into your SP measurements correctly. 634 calories sounds more reasonable for an entire hour on an elliptical.

(Personally, SP says I would burn 153 calories on an elliptical trainer for 30 minutes, which sounds about right for someone of my size.)

GRACEANDSPARK SparkPoints: (3)
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1/18/12 10:37 A

I've been doing 30 minutes on the ellipitcal trainer at the gym. The trainer says it's about 200 calories. It takes my weight into consideration.

SparkPeople says the same exercise is 634 calories!

I'm only worried about it because that's a big difference, and eventually SP will re-tool my nutrition goals based on what it thinks I'm burning.

So do I manually enter it at 200? Split the difference and enter it at 400?

I just don't want to get to a place where I'm eating too much or not enough, based on how hard SP's Fitness Tracker thinks I'm working! :)

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