I am always changing my workouts so I do the same thing as KIMBIE100. I wear my HRM and then I just enter into the cardio section. If I input each exercise separately it gives me 5 min per exercise in my fitness minutes and that is not always accurate. I like keeping track of the fitness minutes so I like this way better.
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Thank you for all the advice...it has really been helpful! I think I will try the "manage workout" option and add the exercises with a name that makes sense to me. It sounds tedious but once it is in and saved I am sure it will be worth it.
I manually enter this under the cardio section. I use the calories burned per my HRM. My description is upper, lower, TM, SM, whatever I've done. I may or may not enter the specific exercises in the Note section. I usually switch it up each time so I just need to remember if I did upper, full, etc.
I work out with a running coach who has me doing all kinds of exercises that are not listed on SP so I have had to do what MICHTOTMAN suggested as well!!! At first it's a pain but after you get everything logged into different workouts it's not so bad!!!
I have an HRM, so I always add my workouts manually. On the days I do strength, I just write it down under "Today's exercise notes" for that day, with what strength training exercises I did, how long, and how many calories I burned. This works for me but unfortunately, this doesn't give you Sparkpoints.
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I use the "manage workouts" function. Yes, it took some time to put all the different exercises in (I have several different strength workouts I use: upper body, lower body, core, circuits w/ upper and lower, etc.) and I put them each in as a group: go to the 'manage my workouts' tab and then 'create a new workout' button. I didn't put all my workouts in on the same day; I just added them as I had time.
Now all I have to do in the morning is press pull down the workout I did (this morning, lower body) and it's all added in at once.
As for not knowing the names of the machines, you can just create a new exercise and call it whatever you want (for instance, I added an exercise called 'plie squats' that I got from Oxygen Mag that isn't in the SparkSystem. I figure only I have to know what I'm talking about - right?
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Well, you aren't going to like my answer, either! I do CrossFit and kettlebells, and there isn't really an ideal way to track either of those. You can manually enter each exercise, and then they are there, but it's still a pain in the rear. I've actually not been using the tracker at all, but each morning after my workout I write a quick blog post that includes my workout for the day. I figure, I'm doing it for my own records, so I can do it however works for me. For me, that's working for now.
I am curious to see people's answers to your question...I've been in the same boat! It is very tedious to enter all of the strength training exercises, so I usually only put in my cardio. I was wondering if they take any of the strength training exercises that you enter into consideration when planning your calories. If so, I should probably start taking the time to enter them.
Sorry to respond to a question with another question!
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I have been doing very well with tracking my food (something that has previously been impossible for me!) I am also tracking my exercise.
I have no problem with the cardio (I just choose the 1 - 3 types I have done that day and enter the times). However, I am having a problem with tracking strength training. There is no way I am going to list all the different exercises I have done! I don't even know the "official" names for the machines I use and what I do changes each time. I want to enter basically 30 minutes of general strength training. If I use the "quick tracker" for this I think it defaults ALL my exercise to quick tracker.
I am just confused by this and to date have not recorded any strength training though I do it 3 times per week. Any help is greatly appreciated!
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