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I'm a 185lb female. I (try) to do the Elliptical for 45 minutes a day, at a moderate-high level.
At the end of my workout, the machine says I burned 750 cal. Here on Calorie Count, it says I burned around 650 cal. From what I've heard from others, these numbers are generally higher than the actual burn amount.
Does anyone have an idea if these are right? Or if not, how to find out how many cals I actually burned?
when i do 60 mins on the elliptical, w/ the ramp at level 10 and resistance changing from levels 6-13, it says i've burned ~600 cals.
A heart rate monitor will be the most accurate, but short of that the CC burn estimates is close enough for most people.
Joanne, just work your way up to 10, it'll be a piece of cake. =)
No way, the elliptical is wrong... I do the elliptical then the stairmaster, and work way harder on the stairmaster, feeling more tired and swaety. The stairmaster syas I burned way less (comparing a 15 minute session to a 15 minute session) than the elliptical.
Running burns about 100 cals permile, no way elliptical matches that.
For me, I round down, if it says I burned 140, I estimate I burned 100 or 90.
For me, it's the opposite. If I do vigorous effort for 60 minutes, the elliptical at they gym gives me between 1050 and 1150 calories; Calorie-Count gives me 1328 burned. I wonder why it's backwards for me. My heart rate is always at least 80% or higher for 50+ minutes of the workout, and goes over 90% occasionally, so I'm definitely doing a vigorous workout!
How about the calories burned through sexual activity? Apparently if I drive a car or take a shower for 1 hour, I would burn 226 calories; Vigorous sexual activity only gets me 166... ? Something is wrong with this picture. Stuff like that makes me doubt any of CC's numbers. I asked them about it in two emails and they've never replied.
Last summer I was a slave to the elliptical and I would burn tons of calories according to it. I cut back some on my eating however I didn't lose a pound.....and if I was burning 1000 and more calories per day you would think I would have melted. I am skeptical!
The elliptical machines usually show about 150% of what Polar F11 tells me, as in 450 vs the real 300. I trust my HRM. CC figures are usually higher than Polar too (except for low impact aerobics, but I guess it all depend on the definition of "low impact").
Totally with melkor on this one...
Invest in a heart monitor. They are the most accurate way to get your readings :)
I love mine~
Elliptical: 860 calories burned
Carloie count: 771
Heart Rate Moniter: 604
You can't really trust the machines, my heart rate stayed between 160-168 throughout the majority of the work out.
So I vote either subtract 100 or so calories from what the elliptical gives you, or better yet; get a heart rate moniter!
Or Check out these numbers:
Elliptical: 60 minutes, averaging 68-75 RPM level 6 with 10 HITT sessions of 30 seconds averaging 110 RPM -- for a 245#er:
Elliptical: 1181 cal.
Calorie Count: 1390.
Heart Rate Monitor: 1217.
So I vote add 100 calories to what elliptical gives you... I guess it depends on the individual AND the brand of elliptical.
So do you guys use the heart rate monitors on the handles of the elliptical? I use the ellipticals with the handles that move and keep my hands on the whole time (unless I have to pick my wedgie because my butt eats my shorts when I work out) or wipe off sweat.
Are the HR monitors on the machines accurate?
What qualifies as "Light," "Moderate," and "Vigorous" for you guys? I always put in Moderate, even if I'm at 85% of my Max Heart Rate, because I don't want to overestimate calories burnt. What do you guys do?
I always put in what the machine says, which is still less than CC says if I report moderate. I don't know why it's the opposite for everyone else -- maybe it's cause I'm fat... I don't know.
Thats the one I use. It comes with a strap that I wrap around, it's not uncomfortable so I have no complaints. They have heart rate moniters without the straps. But those are not as accurate.