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davidhdunn 01-10-2010 05:33 PM

How many calories using resistance bands?
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?

bkloots 01-10-2010 08:26 PM

Ever since I read Gary Taubes notorious tome Good Calories, Bad Calories I've been skeptical about calorie-counting. Also, the good effects of weight lifting have more to do with building muscle mass than burning calories, although studies suggest that muscle does "burn" more calories than fat tissue.

In any case, well-developed muscles are a good thing. So carry on.

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