I have been doing Body Pump since April of this year, and I really enjoy it. The Les Mills posters in the gym suggest that a body can burn 560 calories per hour, but I've always logged mine as 450, which is the low end of the range our instructor told us. Even so, I read some independent reviews of Body Pump that estimate a burn of 350.
I bought a FitBit tracker yesterday, and I wore it during this morning's Body Pump class. I was looking forward to a more accurate reading. Imagine my surprise when it read 186 calories after one hour!
Anyone have any insight, opinions, etc?
I used a fitbit for a while, but it's not the best at tracking calories from weight training. It uses a pedometer, and you aren't always walking while you're lifting. When I used fitbit, I would log the weight training manually.
Thank you both for your replies. Smashly23, yes, I had considered that FitBit might not be the best tracking methong during BodyPump, but I was shocked at the low number. Metabolicmom: You are right about increasing my weight, and I took it a little easier today because I was just coming back after a week off.
I burn anywhere from 180-250 doing Body Pump... it's a strength-training class, so it's not going to burn as many calories as an hour cardio class. Whoever told you 500 cals for that class is a mo.
roxysparkles, I understand what you mean. But really, the posters that hang in my gym that are from Les Mills Body Pump really do claim up to a 560 calorie burn/hour. I'm comfortable with the lower number now that I have an idea of calories burned. It is disconcerting that I was logging such an overestimate, but then again, that's why I bought the FitBit--for better accuracy. Thanks for your input.
Would they add the recovery time for the muscles in that calculation?
The highest I ever burned in a body pump/group power class is 320 and that was with a particular release they had a few years ago that had a bit of agility and plyometrics in the leg/lunge track. I can imagine may be for a select deconditioned few, burning over 500 may be doable, but overall..I think upper 2's to low 3's would be a good guesstimate if you are really challenging yourself with weight and the instructor has you moving seamlessly through the tracks with little rest time.
I wondered about that, too. If you are familiar with FitBit you know that it resets to 0 at midnight. The morning after my Body Pump class my FB read that I had burned 1100 calories upon waking. Other days it has been around 500 calories. I'm new to FitBit, of course, so I don't have many days worth of information for comparison. Since FB is based on movement, though, that seems kind of suspect.