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What's a good tool for tracking calories burned when strength training?

Discussion in 'Off-topic Zone' started by WoodysGirl, Feb 15, 2012.

  1. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Shut up and play! Staff Member

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    Now that I'm no longer reffing, I'm going to get back into my strength training routine. I was wondering if there was something that you guys use to track burned calories when working out w/weights.

    I was going to get a pedometer, but I think that's only good for cardio exercises.

    So any ideas?
  2. rkell87

    rkell87 Well-Known Member

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  3. Joe Realist

    Joe Realist No Kool-Aid here!

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    You can hire bbgun (though he would volunteer) to be your personal tracker/counter....
  4. Sam I Am

    Sam I Am Unfriendly and Aloof!

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    This very much depends on a lot of things.

    • Male vs Female.
    • Current fitness level.
    • Current weight.
    • Exercises done.
    • Weight used.
    • Reps.
    • Down time between reps.
    • Down time between exercises.
    • Total time exercising.

    There is no single tool that will give you an accurate calorie burn count.

    You can check out this tool. It will give you a general idea of what you would burn doing different types of exercise for a period of time.
  5. bsheeern

    bsheeern Well-Known Member

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    My fitnes pal . Com
    I've only played with this app but it seems to work for everyone I've known that's used it. Has a lot of cool features and is free!
  6. rkell87

    rkell87 Well-Known Member

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    you posted the same tool as me
  7. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Shut up and play! Staff Member

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    Thanks

    No, thanks!

    Thanks again.

    I use MFP for tracking my food, but their exercise diary is pretty lacking. Their food database is huge and I've done well w/managing my calorie intake since I signed on. Their exercise diary is not as good, tho.

    Anyways, I was thinking something like the pedometer that I can see while I'm working out. Is there not something like that?

    Basically, I want to know how many calories I burn after doing 3 sets of 25 leg lifts at 100lbs? Just an example.
  8. TheCount

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    Just curious why you want to mix the two, why not count calories when doing cardio and focus on strength when doing strength?

    I think there are too many variables during pure strength training to be able to focus on them as a means of burning calories.

    If you're training for strength, I'd focus on that and disregard the calories outside of my diet. I don't think there's a meter that will accurately measure calorie burn during strength exercise.
  9. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Shut up and play! Staff Member

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    Well, I do alot of cardio with my trainer and when I ref. So I can always get a good read on how many calories I burn when doing that...

    But when strength training, it's more about toning, because I'm not trying to build mass since I'm still in weight loss mode. I plan to do low weight, high reps and in that capacity, I thought there was a way to see how many calories you burn when doing that.
  10. TheCount

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    Yeah I gotcha, I just can't think of a way you'd be able to accurately keep track without a lot of work on your part and even then it probably wouldn't be all that accurate but if you find something, please share.
  11. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Shut up and play! Staff Member

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    Well, I just started looking, so if I find something, I'll definitely share. I didn't think it would be this hard, tho. lol
  12. Sam I Am

    Sam I Am Unfriendly and Aloof!

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    When I first clicked reply, there were no responses. I guess while I was writing mine you posted yours.

    So, I was first! ;) :p:
  13. Jenky

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    You don't burn as many calories when you are strength training (I think you mean body building).

    When you train for strength, it's usually lower reps and higher weight. When you train for hypertrophy, it's higher reps and lower weight, but hardly anyone counts calories.

    If you want the toned + lean look, you are better off lifting on some days while doing cardio on other days.

    Also what you eat will make a big difference. You should look into carb cycling as well.
  14. bbgun

    bbgun Benched

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    Oh, we burn some calories alright.
  15. Chocolate Lab

    Chocolate Lab Run-loving Dino

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    I'm with Count (I think this is what he was getting at) and Jenky... Unless you're doing tons of sets of squats or clean and jerks or something atypical, you aren't going to burn significant calories while lifting. Iit's the increase in your metabolism hours after a weight workout that helps you burn fat, not so much the calories burned during the actual lifting.

    Check this thread maybe:
    http://forums.lylemcdonald.com/showthread.php?t=13710&page=2
  16. CowboyMcCoy

    CowboyMcCoy Business is a Boomin

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    I've had really good luck with low weights and high rep strength training in the past few months. I figure as many repetitions I do, for as long and without any breaks in between, I'm burning about the same as someone on a cycle. My strategy is to keep something moving at all times, like my calves or shoulder rows in between breaks of lifting. It's about cardio and strength to me. I feel great afterwards too. Good luck on your venture to good health.

    :toast:
  17. gmoney112

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    I don't think is possible. Low stress cardio is a lot easier to calculate because it's the relatively same intensity throughout. There's just too many factors in weight training. As long as your heart rate is elevated while you're weightlifting you'll always burn more calories on a minute per minute basis, if that helps at all.
  18. CowboyMcCoy

    CowboyMcCoy Business is a Boomin

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    That's why I say don't stop moving. And those little things add up.
  19. yimyammer

    yimyammer Well-Known Member

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  20. Future

    Future Intramural Legend

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    Sounds pretty similar to what I do as far as keeping moving, and I really enjoy it...keeps heart rate up and it keeps me from getting bored lifting because of all the down time.

    I like to do abs between lifts or just do 2 different muscle groups at the same time so while one group is resting, the other is working. Like a set of tris followed by a set of lats or something like that. It's not perfect, but it keeps me moving and saves a lot of time.

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