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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-26-2007, 09:43 PM Thread Starter
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How realistic is this?

I hit cardio for the first time in a while today.

Well, I say that, but I've been doing 15-20min intervals a couple times a week....I don't consider that real cardio, just a warm-up.

Today, I stayed on the treadmill for 65mins, went just under 3.5 miles, and it says I burned 806 calories. I was walking the entire time, sometimes faster than my 'neighbors' were jogging...but still, I never jogged or ran.

I started the first 5mins at an incline of '8' (about half), and then bumped it up to 15 (max) for the next 5mins. I continued this for the remainder of the workout.

My heartbeat peaked around 170 when doing the high incline at around 3.8mph, and never went below 138 after I was warmed up.

I'm 5'10", 200+/- lbs, more muscular than fatass, but I'd say I could drop 15-20lbs or so.

So, how realistic is an 800+ calorie burn in an hour of cardio?
It seems a bit far fetched...but I have trouble believing these machines at times.


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500-550 max is what you burned.

On a no incline you burn about 100 calories per mile whether you are running or walking.

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Is the amount of calories burned relevant to your weight?

How are finding that figure?

Just curious. I assumed 500 was max...but it sure is motivating to see that calorie counter going over 700...wish it was real!

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Funny you bring this up, I was forced to go to the gym today because of the rain. I got on one of those arch trainers. (I think thats what its called) Its similar to a stair master. On the hardest level for 40 min. it said I burned over 800 cal. There is no way in hell.

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Is the amount of calories burned relevant to your weight?

How are finding that figure?

Just curious. I assumed 500 was max...but it sure is motivating to see that calorie counter going over 700...wish it was real!

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Yes it's relative to weight.
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Is the amount of calories burned relevant to your weight?

How are finding that figure?

Just curious. I assumed 500 was max...but it sure is motivating to see that calorie counter going over 700...wish it was real!

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Yes, it is relative to weight. 100 calories a mile is roughly average. You at 200 pounds will burn more. Me at 175 will be about 100. Add the incline in as well which would add in some intensity and calories burned.

Here is a decent calculator. You can be as off as probably 20% using these types of calculators I'm sure.

http://www.primusweb.com/fitnesspart...e/calculat.htm

For example, biking at 16-19MPH for me (175) shows calories used during a 4 hour 19MPH bike ride as 3818. I'm sure the real figure is closer to 3100-3200 calories given how hungry I am during the last hour. Even though I take in 300-400 calories per hour by the last hour my stomach is growling.

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