Thanks everyone for the advice. I do know the machines aren't very accurate, and I always thought that if I was working harder I would burn more calories. So for now I am going to alternate the stair climber and the arc trainer. I like them both, and hopefully it will help my weight loss!
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611 10/18/13 9:20 A
I prefer the Arc trainer since it is nicer to the knees than a stair climber, but as most have said, it's good to change up the routine.
The Arc trainer is similar to the Gazelle that was advertised on TV a few years ago. It has resistance in the pedals that allow your legs to work a little hard.
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38 10/18/13 6:53 A
I'm an Arc fanatic so I do most of my cardio on it. However, when I switch it up & head to, say, the elliptical instead, I sweat buckets ... but .... my heart rate doesn't necessarily go up like I can get it to do on the Arc. The bonus sweat seems to be from my body saying 'hey, this isn't our usual routine!'
Were you checking your heart rate or just going off of sweat?
Most people burn between 6-10 calories per minute on a sustained basis. A fit person really pushing themselves might burn 12-13 per minute. But the figure of 15 per minute that the arc trainer is giving you doesn't really sound plausible. As Coach Jen said, many pieces of exercise equipment are notorious for overinflating calorie estimates.
If your heart rate is higher on the stair climber, then that is what is burning more calories.
In any event, mixing things up by cross-training with different types of exercise is better for you than doing just the same thing all the time.
The first thing to keep in mind is that the calories burned estimates on machines typically aren't very accurate. So I wouldn't rely too heavily on that information.
You should be changing your workout routine regularly, and doing the things that are most challenging and give you the best workout. If your heart rate is higher and you're working harder on the stair climber, then you're probably burning more calories on that machine vs. the other- regardless of what it's telling you.
I was wondering if anyone can give me some advice concerning the cardio portion of my workout. For a couple of months I have done 30 minutes a day on the arc trainer. I started at a resistance of 15 and am now at resistance 20. A trainer at my gym suggested I try the stair climber. It has actual stairs, not pedals. I used it a few days ago, interval speed level 9. The sweat POURED off me. But in 30 minutes I only burned 280 calories, compared to 450 that I would burn on the arc trainer.
I asked the trainer today about it, and he said I will burn less calories on the stair climber, but I will work harder and my heart rate will stay higher. So my question us, which is more beneficial? Working harder and burning less calories, or not working as hard and burning more calories?
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