Hi all, I'm new to using the TransFirmer, but it seems like a pretty neat system ...
I've been regularly using the Polar f55 HRM to log calories, including for The Firm. One thing I thought I'd mention, though, is that it may be over-estimating calories burned during some strength training parts of the DVD. While I'm certainly no expert, I've been reading up on how HRMs work. The translation from HR to calories burned is not as accurate for strength training as it is for cardio; heart rate elevation isn't exactly the same thing as burning calories.
Take a look here: http://sparkpeople.com/community/ask_the_e xperts.asp?q=75
But then I also saw this article: http://www.heartratemonitor.co.uk/heart_ rate_monitor_faq.html
It seems to indicate that our F-series Polar HRMs are pretty accurate as long as our HR is above 80.
All this still leaves me a bit confused as to how many calories exactly I'm burning, but based on how I feel afterwards, it should be quite a few! :)
Edited by: SHADOWPUP at: 4/15/2007 (16:59)
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I have been logging in on the firm BB forums for over a year. I have the Polar F4 HRM, alot of us do, because it tracks cals burned and that is basically all I care about. There is no set #'s for calculating the cals burnt without the HRM as everyone is different. I was suprised at how little I burnt, because I have less to lose. My most was ABS and it burns 289-309. Alot of other firmies burn in the 500's so it all depends. The Polar F4 you can get from Amazon and free shipping. It is defintely a good investment and it also spices your WO's back up. Hope this helps! Kim
I just purchased the Transfirmer a couple of weeks ago and so I have a free 30 day membership to their forum, there they just came out with an article about using a hrm. They are all for them and say they are the most accurate way to track the heart rate plus calories burned. They reccomend the ones that track cals during the exercise, but they also wrote about the ones that do not. Maybe they did that article because of all the buzz about hrms around here and elsewhere!
I purchased a HRM for this reason also. Let me tell you. I thought I was burning less calories until I got a hrm. I did one workout from the Transfirmer series, I don't remember which one it was, but I had burned over 500 calories in one workout!!! I was pushing myself so hard because I thought I wasn't burning enough cals and with the hrm I discovered that I needed to tone it down a bit and not overwork myself.
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I got an email back from TheFIRM and the response is what I thought it might be. Zoe said that it is difficult to give me an answer bc there are so many variables. I sent another msg asking about the HR monitors. I'm pretty sure she's gonna say that is the best way to go.
Taking one day at a time. Sometimes 10 minutes at a time.
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I am new to using the FIRM, I purchased a heart rate monitor that counts calories. It is the most acurate way to count calories used during an exercise session (I was told that is how the ladies at the Firm often track cals). I purchased the Polar F4 monitor and watch viewer that lets you see the calories being burned as well as the length of the workout. But I totally splurged on it, it should last me a LONG time. It told me I burned 308 calories doing one of the 30 minute FIRM dvds, talk about motivational! It makes me a lot more willing to do a workout. Here is a personal website/blog of one of the gals that made it onto their most recent infomercial http://www.freewebs.com/dimpledn/index.htm
It is a really inspiring site, she worked hard to get to the weight and shape that she is now. She is where I got the idea to use a hr monitor. Sorry, that was long! Phew! I hope that helps!
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I called the FIRM's customer service, but they were closed. I sent them an email. I should have a response by tomorrow. I'll let you know what they say. I'm sure that it would depend on how vigorous you do the tape(s) and how much you weigh. I've asked if they can provide some sort of chart.
Edited by: PONO-ONE at: 3/29/2007 (20:48)
Taking one day at a time. Sometimes 10 minutes at a time.
Hi! Question- how do you all track your exercise using the FIRM? For example, if I do the Supercharged Scultping, I enter it under Cardio, and then tag it under Circuit Training using the number of minutes for each dvd. Anyone do it differently? It's hard since it uses both cardio and strength training, but to my knowledge, SP doesn't offer a category for such. ????? Dana
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