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Can anyone help me?

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

I have a heart rate monitor with a chest strap, which I love, and when I go to the gym, their Cybex machines pick up my heart rate through wireless monitoring. Technically, I wouldn't have to wear the watch part of my HRM because the machine does it.

Now I wear the watch because the the Cybex machine consistently says I burn 100-150 MORE calories than my watch is saying. Both devices have my weight on it, and the machine, as well as my watch, are correctly reporting my heart rate. HOW does the machine say I'm burning more calories, and WHICH is right?!?

100-150 calories per work out is a LOT of calories when you add it up over a week. I go to the gym 4 days a week, so you're looking at an additional 400-600 calories burned that I'm not taking into account.... or am I really burning those calories?!? I thought about taking an average of the numbers, but I really don't know what to do.

I read an article on Spark that said you should use your HRM because you also put in your height, gender and resting heart rate... I would love some input from anyone.

Thanks guys!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
KLMEIRING 7/19/2014 11:08AM

    I think you got some good feedback on this subject. What did you decide to do?

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ALLYCANDOIT 7/5/2014 10:41AM

    I agree. Trust your monitor! emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 6/28/2014 11:19AM

    Agree that the machines are always high. I too always go with the lower number!

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JESSIHOVER2 6/26/2014 8:49PM

    I tested this out and the machines are all off by 40 - 60 %. I would trust the heart rate monitor, it knows how hard your working the machine is just a rough estimate. Also I asked the gym people and they said that while the machine show your heart rate it doesn't factor it into calories burned.

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REBECKY441 6/26/2014 4:36PM

    I agree with everyone else. I'd go with the lower number (always).

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GABY1948 6/26/2014 11:10AM

    I don't wear an HRM but would love to know the answer....I have always wanted one so may get one! Please share what you decide and why...


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BE-THE-CHANGE 6/26/2014 9:35AM

    Another vote for HRM.

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CHANGEOLA 6/26/2014 2:49AM

    Vote is definitely for the HRM. Like someone else has already said the HRM knows your stats while the machine, not so much. emoticon

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SUGAR0814 6/25/2014 11:43PM

    I would love to say go by what the machine states, but go with the HRM! emoticon

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KONRAD695 6/25/2014 11:39PM

    I always go for the lower number. That way any extra calories are like free dieting.

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NOT_A_LANNISTER 6/25/2014 10:02PM

    I always go with the HRM.

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TADTURC 6/25/2014 9:18PM

    There are different ratio calculations used for calorie burn. Go with your HRM. Machines always overestimate.

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LIVELYLULU37 6/25/2014 1:57PM

    I would definitely go with the HRM. I'm sure it's the more accurate one out of the two!!

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MRSP90X 6/25/2014 1:21PM

    Definitely go by the HRM.

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50YEARSAWIFE 6/25/2014 12:31PM

    Good for you, on your daily fitness.

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PENNYLANE15 6/25/2014 11:59AM

    I would stick to your HRM. Gym machines are NEVER right. They don't know your height/sex/age. All it knows is your weight and when theyre made their usual , 'test subject' is a fit male so 99% of the time the calorie burn is based on that, no matter the heart rate.

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FINCHFEEDER80 6/25/2014 11:53AM

    I, personally, would go by the HRM. Who knows when the last time those machines were calibrated, etc, etc. I'll have to do some googling after work and see if I can find you any articles. I don't have an HRM yet, but my guy instinct tells me that's probably the more accurate of the two. I'll let you know what I find out later!

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