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5/25/12 11:23 A

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You may have to create an aerobic entry for kettlebells and you can just track time. If you're pushing yourself aerobically then during the rests your heart rate is still high enough to stay in its aerobic range.

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5/25/12 9:08 A

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Regarding the SP fitness tracker(cardio) and kettlebells, how should we enter this? Minutes of swings? Does the rest period between sets when the heart rate is still elevated count? I'm not quite sure how I should be doing this.

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4/27/11 6:37 P

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Thanks so much!! That does make sense to me.



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4/27/11 3:55 P

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In a VO2 kettlebell study using a tabata style work/rest system a 40min workout plus afterburn calories can top out at 1200 calories a session. If I do a 40 min workout then I'll do a self evaluation of how much time I rested and how hard I pushed and place myself somewhere between 1000 and 1200 calories for that workout.

The reason that the calories burned doesn't vary with body or kb weight is because sets are measured for time. If I were doing 3 sets of 10 reps and did it faster or slower than someone else the calories are different. But if I'm using a higher weight of kb for 30sec and you use a lower weight you'll get more reps in and that mostly evens out the exertion. Also, muscles are scaled to our frames so something like a squat may be a greater distance traveled for someone who's taller than me, but their muscles are also used to carrying the extra weight of that larger frame.

When I do workouts that count reps it is usually as a self test to evaluate my fitness progression. A good starting point for any new kettlebell user is to pick 2 or 3 exercises and switch between them every 30 seconds for 2 to 4 minutes, repeat that 2 or 3 times and then pick a different set of exercises and repeat until you've hit the 35 to 40min mark. Rests should be 30sec for 2 min of work, 1min for 4 min of work, and 1.5min for 6min of work.

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4/27/11 10:18 A

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Here is a new question about tracking calories? If I track under kettlebell training, it comes up 20 calories burned per minute, which sounds great, but my concern is how accurate is that? I weigh 115 and my husband weighs 205; yet he supposely burns the same calories as I do when working out. There does not seem to be an adjustment for the weight of the person and I also would think the size of the KB would have some factor.

I would appreciate any input on this matter. I just find it odd that other forms of exercise vary by the persons weight.



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3/31/11 9:47 A

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I'm glad our advice was helpful. Great question! I bet a lot of us have that same question. I know I found it really confusing when I started!



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3/30/11 10:18 P

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I always track under cardio, and wow what a calorie burn!!

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3/21/11 7:21 P

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Thanks for your input. I appreciate your time and advice in answer to my post.
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3/20/11 11:59 P

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Exactly!

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3/20/11 7:14 P

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I track my kettlebell workouts in the cardio tracker because it doesn't matter what exercise I'm doing, I keep my hear rate in the cardio range. As long as you're keeping your heart rate in the 65-90% range of your max heart rate you're doing cardio. The benefit of kettlebells is that you get strength training and cardio training at the same time.

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3/19/11 2:29 P

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I track them all -- they're all such a good workout. I also have a BodyBugg so that helps, too.

After a while I have gotten more confident and haven't relied so much on the BodyBugg but it was a Godsend when I first started tracking them.

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3/19/11 9:49 A

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Does one track the minutes all types of kettlebell work-outs under the "cardio" of "my fitness" tracker? Or just the ones involving arm swings?
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