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Postby JP1 » Fri Feb 22, 2008 8:03 pm

that have those calorie counters when you exercise. Are these calories in addition to the basic calories you expend?

Example, I'm sitting here at the computer doing very little but am still expending calories... if I go to the gym and use that equipment does it include the calories you would expend anyway? Or are these additional calories?

I expended over 500 today at the gym today in about an hour but my question is does that include the (say) 80 I'd have expended anyway? Get me or have I confused you lot now? :wink:
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Re: equipment at the gym

Postby bferbear » Fri Feb 22, 2008 8:18 pm

The other thing to wonder is exactly how accurate the calorie counters on a lot of those machines are. Take the stationary bike for example, I am over half again your size, surely with all other factors being equal such as resistance and pedaling speed etc, I would burn more calories than you in the same time frame.
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Re: equipment at the gym

Postby JP1 » Fri Feb 22, 2008 8:34 pm

yeah l guess they just work on an average..
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Re: equipment at the gym

Postby ali76 » Fri Feb 22, 2008 9:23 pm

Do you not have to put in your age, height, weight, etc?? Thats what I have t do on the cross trainer??
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Re: equipment at the gym

Postby bferbear » Fri Feb 22, 2008 10:26 pm

On the stationary bike I use, it depends on what program you are doing. If you are doing an interval program, or a heart rate program it will ask you height weight and age, but if you are just using quick start it doesnt. The calorie counter still runs at the same rate regardless I have tested it. It will alter as you increase speed and resistance, but doesnt change due to weight or size.
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Re: equipment at the gym

Postby MagicGirl79 » Sat Feb 23, 2008 12:10 pm

If you're using the equipment and it hasn't asked you to put in weight or height then my trainer tells me it's just calculating an avergae sized person (usually about 70kg, but not sure of height). So if you weigh more than that, then yes you're definately burning more than the machine read-out says.

And JP I would say at a guess that the machines are calculating what you've burnt whilst using the machine and does not take into consideration normal metabolic calorie burning, it's just the additional burning you've done from using the machine.

And a final tip that I learnt from my trainer at the gym, when using the machines you should aim to be burning 10 calories per minute!!! Yes I was blown away when she told me too, but man it feels good to work at that level and know you're actually doing something worthwhile. Usually that means you're going to have to really up your speed or incline (on the treadmill). I used to walk at 6.5km/h for abou 30 mins and def wasn't burning enough, now in order to hit the 10cals/min I have to walk at 6.2km/h at an incline of 4.5%. I guess previously I was really just going for a stroll in the park!

If you're burning 10 cals per min, then your heart will be working in the fat-burning zone and your workout will be much more effective. (However if you haven't put in your weight & height then it won't be accurate as to what you're really burning).
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Re: equipment at the gym

Postby JP1 » Mon Feb 25, 2008 3:12 pm

ali76 wrote:Do you not have to put in your age, height, weight, etc?? Thats what I have t do on the cross trainer??

yeah l sussed that out this morning... answers Bears question anyway
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Re: equipment at the gym

Postby JP1 » Mon Feb 25, 2008 3:18 pm

MagicGirl79 wrote:And JP I would say at a guess that the machines are calculating what you've burnt whilst using the machine and does not take into consideration normal metabolic calorie burning, it's just the additional burning you've done from using the machine.

And a final tip that I learnt from my trainer at the gym, when using the machines you should aim to be burning 10 calories per minute!!! Yes I was blown away when she told me too, but man it feels good to work at that level and know you're actually doing something worthwhile. Usually that means you're going to have to really up your speed or incline (on the treadmill). I used to walk at 6.5km/h for abou 30 mins and def wasn't burning enough, now in order to hit the 10cals/min I have to walk at 6.2km/h at an incline of 4.5%. I guess previously I was really just going for a stroll in the park!

If you're burning 10 cals per min, then your heart will be working in the fat-burning zone and your workout will be much more effective. (However if you haven't put in your weight & height then it won't be accurate as to what you're really burning).

hey thanks for this... will play around with the incline button tomorrow... think l expended about 300 claories in about 35mins this morning (hadn't seen this) including maybe 6/7 mins of 11kph running... will try for 10cals a minute tomorrow..
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Re: equipment at the gym

Postby Beetle » Tue Feb 26, 2008 10:43 am

I find that some of the calorie counters on gym machines are not very accurate regardless of whether you have to enter your height, weight, etc. What they don't take into account is an individual's fitness level. A fit person walking at 7km/hr is going to burn a lot less than an unfit person walking at the same speed.

I find that most of the gym machines grossly overestimate the calories I burn, I know this because my polar heart rate monitor calculates it. I think a better way to judge how hard you are working is monitoring your heart rate and how you are feeling, if you're not breathing hard, chances are you're not doing much.
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Re: equipment at the gym

Postby loveat116 » Tue Feb 26, 2008 10:54 am

JP1 wrote:that have those calorie counters when you exercise. Are these calories in addition to the basic calories you expend?

Example, I'm sitting here at the computer doing very little but am still expending calories... if I go to the gym and use that equipment does it include the calories you would expend anyway? Or are these additional calories?

I expended over 500 today at the gym today in about an hour but my question is does that include the (say) 80 I'd have expended anyway? Get me or have I confused you lot now? :wink:


No one really answered your question!

You ADD the calories burnt through exercise on top of your daily BMR. So you don't need to minus the 80 that you would normally do, it seems logical too but I have been told you just add it on top of your BMR!

The equiptment at the gym should just display calories burnt through that exercise, not including BMR. How many calories burnt during exercise is dependant NOT ON WEIGHT but on your lean body mass. People who have more muscle will burn calories faster, thats why heavier people burn more calories because they generally have more muscle, but not always.
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Re: equipment at the gym

Postby Siana-leah » Tue Feb 26, 2008 12:37 pm

yeah...you would just add the exercise calories onto what u already would burn at rest.....
i suppose the best way to tell is with one of those heart rate monitors like all the biggest loser contestants are wearing...
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Re: equipment at the gym

Postby JP1 » Tue Feb 26, 2008 1:17 pm

loveat116 wrote:
JP1 wrote:that have those calorie counters when you exercise. Are these calories in addition to the basic calories you expend?

Example, I'm sitting here at the computer doing very little but am still expending calories... if I go to the gym and use that equipment does it include the calories you would expend anyway? Or are these additional calories?

I expended over 500 today at the gym today in about an hour but my question is does that include the (say) 80 I'd have expended anyway? Get me or have I confused you lot now? :wink:


No one really answered your question!

You ADD the calories burnt through exercise on top of your daily BMR. So you don't need to minus the 80 that you would normally do, it seems logical too but I have been told you just add it on top of your BMR!

The equiptment at the gym should just display calories burnt through that exercise, not including BMR. How many calories burnt during exercise is dependant NOT ON WEIGHT but on your lean body mass. People who have more muscle will burn calories faster, thats why heavier people burn more calories because they generally have more muscle, but not always.

OK thanks thats what I figured just wanted to check and I realise the calories aren't always accurate..
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Re: equipment at the gym

Postby JP1 » Tue Feb 26, 2008 1:18 pm

thanks to everyone who answered btw 8)
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Re: equipment at the gym

Postby SarahC » Tue Feb 26, 2008 3:03 pm

Yeah, I would add whatever the machine says to my BMR.

I only use machines that allow me to enter my weight, because my weight is so low any other machine would grossly overestimate the calories! I also go for the 10cal/min rule as well :D
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Re: equipment at the gym

Postby JP1 » Tue Feb 26, 2008 4:10 pm

SarahC wrote:I only use machines that allow me to enter my weight, because my weight is so low any other machine would grossly overestimate the calories! I also go for the 10cal/min rule as well :D

yeah l just come back from the gym and am well stuffed :mrgreen: made sure l got 600 calories up on the treadmill in under an hour... as well as a few more wight machines.. am well tired now :|
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