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NEW: Track Calories Burned for Kettlebell Training


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Tuesday, January 19, 2010


Hi everyone!

Exercising with kettlebells is a recent trend that is here to stay, and some members who use kettlebells have asked about tracking calories burned with this popular training method.

The American Council on Exercise (ACE) has published a research study on the average calorie burn for kettlebell training. Using this information, we have added "kettlebell training" to our cardio tracker so that members can better estimate how many calories they burn during their workouts.

To estimate your calorie burn and/or add kettlebell training to your Fitness Tracker, simply click the "Add Cardio" button and perform a search for "kettlebell." Enter the number of minutes you performed the exercise and then "Show Calories Burned" or "Add Exercise." It's that simple!

If you'd like to review the study conducted by ACE, you can download the PDF from ACE by clicking the link below. Please note that you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to open this document. We recommend reading these links for more information about kettlebell training calorie burn (note the specific exercises, kettlebell sizes and speed studied, all of which affect calorie burn).

Kettlebells: Twice the Results in Half the Time (ACE)
The Iron Out the Facts on Kettlebell Training (SparkPeople)

We hope you enjoy this update to the SparkPeople Fitness Tracker!
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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JOYCE12356 7/3/2012 10:51AM

    BOWK5150 - I agree. I also am not sure why it adds it as a cardio workout. I use the Danskin Now Calorie burner workout DVD and while it does raise my heart rate, particularly during the kettlebell throws, this is primarily more a strength workout. So on the fitness tracker I just enter my own workout as a strength exercise with total minutes. I can't fill in the reps and sets options because I am doing multiple different exercises of varying # of reps and I skip the calories burned because I don't even want to venture a guess. Previous spark articles even mention that Spark will NOT attempt to calculate calories burned on strength workouts because of too many variables. That made sense to me, so why the fitness tracker now asks for and includes number of calories burned when you enter a strength workout does not make sense. See this FAQ from Spark here:
http://www.sparkpeople.com
/resource/fitness_articles.asp?
id=536

Comment edited on: 7/3/2012 10:54:14 AM

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MHOCH5 2/29/2012 4:29PM

  Love Kettlebells!

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BOWK5150 1/26/2012 7:39PM

    I believe this needs some adjustment. Why is it that for anyone who enters this as exercise has the same number of calories for the same amount of time. For instance; two people exercise for 30 minutes, one has a body weight of 125 the other has a weight of 190 pounds they both enter 30 minutes of kettlebell in the exercise log...both show 600 calories. This is impossible! I could see if person A was 250 pounds it's possible he could burn 600 calories in half an hour. An extremely fit person will not burn as much.

Please fix this to allow proper body weight to play a part in the calculation. It is severely flawed the way it is and is vey unrealistic as a result.



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FOREVERFITCHICK 10/27/2011 4:07PM

    KETTLEBELLS........... HERE I COME!

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BMCGONIGAL18 9/22/2011 8:42AM

    Taking my first kettlebell class tonight can't wait!!!

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1LBDOWN 9/11/2011 9:31PM

  I'd love to find a great deal on Kettlebells!

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KIMBALI 6/9/2011 11:14AM

    I am totally addicted to Kettlebell! First time I used one I was sore for days. Engages your mind and body....just too fun!

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SEXY60 6/2/2011 6:00PM

  Been working out with the kettlebells for about three weeks and already see an improvement in my overall strength and balance. Great workout.

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SEXY60 6/2/2011 6:00PM

  Been working out with the kettlebells for about three weeks and already see an improvement in my overall strength and balance. Great workout.

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SEXY60 6/2/2011 5:56PM

  Been working out with the kettlebells for about three weeks and already see an improvement in my overall strength and balance. Great workout.

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CANDIPOT 5/29/2011 6:22AM

  Didn't work, can't put in how long???

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RIPPEDPAUL1 5/15/2011 2:29PM

    thanks for the tips, I found a kettlebell on craigslist and going to try it

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SHEENUH 5/11/2011 6:52PM

    I recently bought a kettlebell and I love it!

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RODENTMAMA 5/3/2011 1:50PM

    I did a class one time just as a change up to my routine and loved it. I did two more beginner sessions to learn to feel comfortable with the bell before I started using it at the gym. I absolutely love it! One or two pieces of equiptment and I work my whole body. The swing of it I find very hypnotic and I can actually keep at this where the other gym machines bored me. Yay kettlebells!

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LFKEARNEY 3/25/2011 4:27PM

  I love kettlebells. I am currently participating in the 21 Day Kettlebell Swing Challenge. On day 18...woo hoo.

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MISSLONDON09 3/23/2011 8:27PM

    I have a ten pound Danskin - I do thirty plus minutes - and then 5k three times a week - I love it

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DPARKER13 3/8/2011 5:23PM

  Be sure to search free workout podcasts for kettlebells on Itunes and other similar sites. I love my Kettlebells!

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PAGATANS 3/2/2011 9:20AM

    I just got a Kettlebell and it came with a dvd (Danskin). What is everyone else using?

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THEIS58 1/20/2011 5:01AM

    Great calorie burner & time saver!

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SHAREBEAR1963 1/18/2011 2:55PM

    I think I will go out and get some kettlebells, tonight!!

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JAZMYN22 1/9/2011 6:03PM

    I just got a kettlebell today! I'm excited to start using it!

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RFTALLENT 10/18/2010 7:49PM

    I just purchased my kettlebell(s) and have ordered some DVDs, to include the one that yogagirl55 mentioned. Also, I'd love to hear of the experiences that others are having with the kettlebell workout.

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CRISSY519 9/25/2010 4:10AM

  I love, love, love my kettle bell.

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LASARRE 9/20/2010 6:45PM

    Just got my kettle ball yesterday. I'm going to check out some of the exercises.

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YOGAGIRL55 9/13/2010 5:15PM

  started kettlebell training today. what a workout! it is the 10 minute solution kettlebell dvd. i plan to do this 3x a week, alternating with yoga and pilates. i will be buff by Christmas. emoticon

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MASE72 4/9/2010 2:05PM

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GETNFITMAMA 3/23/2010 10:54AM

    I just bought a kettle bell, thanks for the info and getting us informed! I love SP!

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FREE2B160 2/24/2010 10:56PM

    I just got my kettle ball ~ thanks for keeping the info on the site so up to date! This site is awesome!! emoticon

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MARGARITTM 2/4/2010 12:32PM

    Just received a kettleball and dvd - I AM inspired!

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LINDA6105 2/1/2010 7:13PM

    emoticon for the heads up.

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SBOYER1949 1/29/2010 7:21AM

    Going to get one as we live in small places and this looks like something I can do in our trailer. Thanks for the info

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BARB827 1/26/2010 11:08AM

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YEAGER527 1/26/2010 7:07AM

  This is really interesting! I'm off to try a KB workout now.

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EEKTHECAT 1/25/2010 9:39AM

    I heard kettlebells is a great workout! Several friends have just gotten into them and I am excited to begin as well. Good to know we can track this!

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POOKHA 1/24/2010 10:16PM

  LOVE Kettlebells--am a big Dragondoor fan. I'm glad you added a calorie count for them. Thanks.

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LINDA6105 1/24/2010 10:00PM

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SMILESRME 1/24/2010 6:30PM

    Yeah for kettlebells! It is such an amazing workout.

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IAMPREACHER 1/22/2010 12:53PM

    That's great news. I like working with a kettle bell. It's a real challenge...but worth it.

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AKOECHER 1/21/2010 4:17PM

    SOOO Very excited that you guys added this!! I want to YELL FROM THE MOUNTAIN TOPS!! Finally!!

Kettlebells are the BEST workout, it's strength and cardio in one.

I have a dvd by Lauren Brooks and I also have both workbooks by Art of Strength

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10LBGOALS 1/21/2010 10:14AM

    This information is great! My only question is - the pdf from ACE states that the average workout burns 272 calories in 20 mins, but when I put 20 mins in fitness tracker it says I burned 400 calories - should the fitness tracker be adjusted??

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FLABSNIPER 1/21/2010 8:03AM

    Woohoo! Alright! I love my KB! Anyone interesting in trying them should check out Dragon Door .com. I use the KB Goddess DVD and it is excellent.
The SheHulk emoticon is also great! She's the background for my SparkPage so now I have a signature emoticon! heehee
Maybe there will be some KB SP vids soon? Even ones just demonstrating the basic moves and good form would be great. KBs are awesome in that with just simple movements you get really dynamic results!
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MOCUSHLA 1/21/2010 4:21AM

    I wondered if there was any possibility of getting this type of info for the Les Mills classes......Body Pump, Body Combat etc...or if this info is already here, where to find it. thanks :)

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DSUBIOPROF 1/20/2010 7:26PM

    Where can I get a good kettleball workout plan?

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RUNNERSSHOE 1/20/2010 5:44PM

    Wouldn't this be considered more of a strength workout vs cardio (or combination of the two)? Still, great that we can now track it!

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WONDERTURTLE 1/20/2010 2:28PM

  I first saw these on TBL and was intrigued. I wonder why they are so popular - guess I will have to do some research.

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GRANDMO1 1/20/2010 1:08PM

  They sound really interesting.

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SPELAEUS 1/20/2010 12:42PM

    Kettlebells won my heart! I'm also hoping to see a video or two up soon! emoticon

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ALLTHNGSPOSSBLE 1/20/2010 12:27PM

    Along those same lines, I would like to be able to track boot camp classes that I take. We do an hour class (about half cardio and half weights). I have been logging the weights under strength the best that I can. Sometimes I can't find an exact match so I get as close as I can. I don't really know how to log the cardio part though. It is not just running though. We do running, shuffles, back peddles, walking lunges, and a variety of other stuff.

I think I have been logging the cardio part as 60 minutes of circuit training because we will do stuff and then go back and repeat it and we are constantly going from one thing to the other. However, I don't think that is right. Maybe I should be doing only tracking it as 30 minutes of cardio I don't know.

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 1/20/2010 11:58AM

    I am so in love with my kettlebell. I use it for strength and cardio training. I get a major workout and am seeing the results. I would encourage anyone looking to take their workout up a notch, to purchase one.

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BRADCOVICH 1/20/2010 11:51AM

  I have never heard of kettlebell but sounds interesting

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