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davidhdunn 01-10-2010 05:48 PM

Calories with resistance bands
I posted this on another thread, sorry about that. This is probably the place for this question:

I'm trying to get a handle on calories burned using resistance bands (I've got a set of Bodylastics). Is it similar to weight lifting? Moderate or vigorous effort? I realize that the number varies with body weight as well as the number and type of exercises done as well as the intensity.

My guess is at 180-185 lbs, doing upper body exercises pretty steadily for about 30 minutes (say a dozen exercises, @12 reps, with 30-60 second rest), I am burning around 260 calories per hour.

Any thoughts?

emilymckelvain 01-14-2010 01:15 AM

Calorie Calculator & Online Timer
Hi, I started doing a cardio / strength routine about six weeks ago with a resistance band that simulates rowing excercise - I needed to shake things up. Can't seem to find the link right now, but use a door attachment at about waist high, loop the band through it, and grip each handle standing far enough away that there is some tension in the band. Then with arms stretched forward, squat down, and as you stand back up pull both bands back towards the shoulders as on a rowing machine. Repeat. I do this for 30 seconds on and 30 seconds off. I like it because it provides a full body workout, and sometimes for variation I add push-ups or sit-ups during the intervals.

Here is an easy-to-use customizable online timer with a buzzer so you don't have to keep checking your watch. Free Workout Timer

I measure my calorie burn for all my workouts using a heart rate monitor, and here is a website where you can estimate your calorie burn using gender, age, and average heart rate. I use it for all my workouts...

davidhdunn 01-15-2010 03:10 PM

You know, I've been exercising all this time (stationary bike and walking for the most part) without using a HR monitor, and wondering how accurately I've been recording my calories burned. Can you recommend a good monitor, something inexpensive? Don't need all the bells and whistles, but max/min HR and avg HR would be good. Thanks!

Lisasr 01-15-2010 11:00 PM

I have used HR monitors for 3 years now. I originally purchased the Polar F11 which has quite alot of bells and whistles. After a year of using it I realized I really only used the min/max HR, avg. HR and Calories features. My gym was having a sale on Polar watches so I bought myself the Polar FS1 which is very basic and keeps track of exercise time, avg. hr, and max hr. I think I got it on sale for $50.00. It tells me all I need to know for my workouts now. If I really want to know how many calories I've burned I'll use my F11.

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