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I am trying to keep track of daily net calories. Does anyone have an estimate of how many calories are burned per workout, for the P90x program?

Thanks

john
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RE: Calories Burned Per P90X workout
10/24/10 5:30 PM as a reply to papagrande25.
papagrande25:
I am trying to keep track of daily net calories. Does anyone have an estimate of how many calories are burned per workout, for the P90x program?

Thanks

john


John, best thing to do is spring for a heart rate monitor that also tells you how many calories you burn. Make sure it uses a chest strap. everyone will burn calories at different rates.
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RE: Calories Burned Per P90X workout
10/24/10 10:28 PM as a reply to papagrande25.
Hrm are not accurate at telling calories burned. Everyone is different and it depends how hard you bring it. There are a couple products online that count your calories burned but it's not 100% but better than hrm that I have heard. Bodybugg is one and theres another but the name is slipping my mind. They have been mentioned several times on this site.
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10/25/10 8:01 AM as a reply to papagrande25.
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RE: Calories Burned Per P90X workout
10/25/10 11:06 AM as a reply to Remax.
Remax:
Hrm are not accurate at telling calories burned. Everyone is different and it depends how hard you bring it. There are a couple products online that count your calories burned but it's not 100% but better than hrm that I have heard. Bodybugg is one and theres another but the name is slipping my mind. They have been mentioned several times on this site.


I am not sure why it is assumed that HRM are inaccurate. For example, I use a Timex ironman with chest strap, which tells me that for a 59 minute Plyo routine I average a heart rate of 148 and burn just over 1200 kcal. Seems like a lot, and this is working at pretty much maximum effort for me. But if you try to calculate this out using VO2 max values it is almost the same.

For instance, 148/min is 85% (or 0.85) of my max heart rate based on age. My VO2 max I worked out to be about 48ml/kg/min, or 4.7 L/minute. (I have both measured it using a rowing machine, and calculated it based upon running performance, and they agree pretty closely) You can calculate 0.85 x 4.7 for an oxygen consumption of about 4 L/minute, and multiplying this by 5 gives you calorie expenditure of about 20kcal/min. For a 60 minute workout, this is about 1200 calories. Pretty accurate compared to the measurement from my HRM. Most HRM allow age, plus body weight and sex to be entered, and monitor a continuous rate throughout, and by factoring these data into the calorie burning equations it comes up with an answer, albeit an estimate.
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10/25/10 8:23 PM as a reply to Turbodoc.
While I love my GoWearfit, now called BodyMedia (same thing as BodyBugg), it does have limitations. Since a major factor in its calculations is an accelerometer and it is worn on your arm, it tends to read higher for arm heavy exercises and low for exercises where your arms remain still. For example, you can get fairly low results for riding a bike because it does not trigger the accelerometer that much. While I find the highs and lows average out by the end of the day for my overall data, I prefer using my hrm (polar ft 60)when I record specific exercise periods.
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10/26/10 7:55 AM as a reply to AdStaffDenis.
bbadvicestaff:


I would vote for a HRM over any calculation. You still will need a HRM to know what your average heart rate is so that you can use it in the calculation. You need one that has you input your age,weight, height etc. The more variables you enter the better the results.

Are they 100% probably not but 90% is better than guessing.
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RE: Calories Burned Per P90X workout
10/26/10 1:27 PM as a reply to JCFitCoach.
Seems to me that the diet guide describes the estimated calories burned @ 600 per workout...
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RE: Calories Burned Per P90X workout
10/26/10 1:33 PM as a reply to papagrande25.
I have a bodybugg and when i did the program the most i ever burned was around 400 with plyo. most of the weight lifting one i burned around 250 -300. i am 5'7 and 135. i am 36 if that helps you at all. i never came close to the 600 they suggested and they always said i needed more calories then i should have. you are a guy so maybe you do burn the 600.
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RE: Calories Burned Per P90X workout
11/1/10 9:07 AM as a reply to sharpdressedman.
sharpdressedman:
Seems to me that the diet guide describes the estimated calories burned @ 600 per workout...


I don't like the guide for that reason as no one will burn 600 calories, especially women who have less muscle mass and weigh less.
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11/1/10 9:12 AM as a reply to bionut.
Bionut:
I have a bodybugg and when i did the program the most i ever burned was around 400 with plyo. most of the weight lifting one i burned around 250 -300. i am 5'7 and 135. i am 36 if that helps you at all. i never came close to the 600 they suggested and they always said i needed more calories then i should have. you are a guy so maybe you do burn the 600.


So in your case you are already over eating 300 calories and this is why I always tell people to get a HRM that also tells you an estimated calorie burn.

I also don't like fact that it uses total body weight and not based on lean bodyweight.
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RE: Calories Burned Per P90X workout
11/14/10 9:57 PM as a reply to sharpdressedman.
sharpdressedman:
Seems to me that the diet guide describes the estimated calories burned @ 600 per workout...


I use a mio ECG Accurate HRM and to get my calories burnt I have to enter in my weight/age etc. Tonight during Kenpo X I burnt over 500 Calories.
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RE: Calories Burned Per P90X workout
11/15/10 3:55 PM as a reply to rainessa.
rainessa:
While I love my GoWearfit, now called BodyMedia (same thing as BodyBugg), it does have limitations. Since a major factor in its calculations is an accelerometer and it is worn on your arm, it tends to read higher for arm heavy exercises and low for exercises where your arms remain still. For example, you can get fairly low results for riding a bike because it does not trigger the accelerometer that much. While I find the highs and lows average out by the end of the day for my overall data, I prefer using my hrm (polar ft 60)when I record specific exercise periods.


These bodybugg and gowearfit devices seem to me to be very expensive and glorified pedometers. They are probably useful as an incentive to keep moving, and will give some kind of an estimate for calorie burn (likely for comparison day to day rather than an absolute number), but they appear useless for intense exercise, and the same incentive can be obtained from the pedometer you get for free in a special k box.

Invest in a HRM with a chest strap if accuracy is important.
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RE: Calories Burned Per P90X workout
11/17/10 12:02 AM as a reply to Turbodoc.
Turbodoc:
rainessa:
While I love my GoWearfit, now called BodyMedia (same thing as BodyBugg), it does have limitations. Since a major factor in its calculations is an accelerometer and it is worn on your arm, it tends to read higher for arm heavy exercises and low for exercises where your arms remain still. For example, you can get fairly low results for riding a bike because it does not trigger the accelerometer that much. While I find the highs and lows average out by the end of the day for my overall data, I prefer using my hrm (polar ft 60)when I record specific exercise periods.


These bodybugg and gowearfit devices seem to me to be very expensive and glorified pedometers. They are probably useful as an incentive to keep moving, and will give some kind of an estimate for calorie burn (likely for comparison day to day rather than an absolute number), but they appear useless for intense exercise, and the same incentive can be obtained from the pedometer you get for free in a special k box.

Invest in a HRM with a chest strap if accuracy is important.


I just got a BodyMedia device a little over a week ago and have been wearing it almost constantly. I think it's very accurate. My main activities are weight lifting (like P90X), cardio (like Insanity), tennis (doubles, singles, drilling), and other things like stationary bikes and treadmills.

I haven't noticed that arm usage affects the calorie count that much. I do a lot of recumbent biking (with HIIT intervals) just for cardio fitness, and I feel like the calorie count fits in with the amount of effort. An hour of that is similar to an hour of Insanity, and I think Insanity has a lot more arm motion than sitting on the bike. A hour of competitive tennis tops both of those, but I would expect that, too.

There are definitely a lot more measurements being taken than just what a pedometer does. I can't compare to a HRM with a chest strap, as I never used one of those. Certainly the BodyMedia device does all the calculations for you, which simplifies things compared to a HRM.

I also like being able to measure my calorie burn constantly, as opposed to the chest HRM, which you can't really wear all the time. My calorie burn during "official" workouts is not as much as I was hoping, but the calories I burn with everyday activities adds up to a lot more than I expected. That's just cool!

Melissa
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RE: Calories Burned Per P90X workout
11/16/10 3:12 PM as a reply to avondale.
avondale:
Turbodoc:
rainessa:
While I love my GoWearfit, now called BodyMedia (same thing as BodyBugg), it does have limitations. Since a major factor in its calculations is an accelerometer and it is worn on your arm, it tends to read higher for arm heavy exercises and low for exercises where your arms remain still. For example, you can get fairly low results for riding a bike because it does not trigger the accelerometer that much. While I find the highs and lows average out by the end of the day for my overall data, I prefer using my hrm (polar ft 60)when I record specific exercise periods.


These bodybugg and gowearfit devices seem to me to be very expensive and glorified pedometers. They are probably useful as an incentive to keep moving, and will give some kind of an estimate for calorie burn (likely for comparison day to day rather than an absolute number), but they appear useless for intense exercise, and the same incentive can be obtained from the pedometer you get for free in a special k box.

Invest in a HRM with a chest strap if accuracy is important.


I just got a BodyMedia device a little over a week ago and have been wearing it almost constantly. I think it's very accurate. My main activities are weight lifting (like P90X), cardio (like Insanity), tennis (doubles, singles, drilling), and other things like stationary bikes and treadmills.

I haven't noticed that arm usage affects the calorie count that much. I do a lot of recumbent biking (with HIIT intervals) just for cardio fitness, and I feel like the calorie count fits in with the amount of effort. An hour of that is similar to an hour of Insanity, and I think Insanity has a lot more arm motion than sitting on the bike. A hour of competitive tennis tops both of those, but I would expect that, too.

There are definitely a lot more measurements being taken than just what a pedometer does. I can't compare to a HRM with a chest strap, as I never used one of those. Certainly the BodyMedia device does all the calculations for you, which simplifies things compared to a HRM.

I also like being able to measure my calorie burn constantly, as opposed to the chest HRM, which you can't really wear all the time. My calorie burn during "official" workouts is not as much as I was hoping, but the calories I burn with everyday activities adds up to a lot more than I expected. That's just cool!

Melissa


Interesting...how many calories a day on average do you burn? I know my heart rate and can count calories when I work out but no clue about rest of day.
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RE: Calories Burned Per P90X workout
11/16/10 7:20 PM as a reply to Swisstrader.
I've been wearing it daily since Nov. 7. I'm 5 ft 3 in, about 114 lbs, 37 years old, female.

1. On a day with no workouts because I flew across the country and spent most of the day on a plane and then stood around at a wedding rehearsal dinner: about 1900 cal.

2. On a day with a morning workout (P90X, Insanity) and then do other normal activity: sit at my desk at work, a few chores at home, etc.: about 2100 - 2200 cal.

3. On a day with a morning workout and also an evening workout (tennis, exercise bike, etc. for 1 - 2 hrs) and then my normal work day: about 2500 - 2700 cal.

4. On a weekend day where I workout twice (morning/afternoon) and do lots of chores around the house so that I'm up and walking around a lot: about 2800 - 2900 cal.

During a typical week, I usually do #2 1 or 2 days, #3 3 or 4 days, and #4 1 day. Frankly, I never imagined I could burn so many calories per day, although when I start looking at how all the little things add up, it does make sense.

The BodyMedia webpage graphs the calorie burn per minute when you upload your armband data. At some point, perhaps I'll post a screen shot of a day.

Another point that I thought of regarding the BodyMedia device measuring intense exercise: I get about the same calorie count for a 60-min P90X strength workout as I do for a 40-min Insanity (first month) workout. I have to think that measuring the calorie burn for weight lifting would not rely that much on the accelerometer because you're not jumping around, but doing controlled reps. For the weight lifting, the heart rate and heat flux measurements are probably more important.

Melissa
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RE: Calories Burned Per P90X workout
11/18/10 8:11 AM as a reply to avondale.
I have a similar variety of results depending on the day. Normal days (working from home on my laptop as an editor, working out, household chores, playing with the dogs, etc) I usually end the day 2400-2600 calories burned. On days where I have a deadline and glued to the computer from 6am-midnight with only breaks to eat or use the restroom, I come in at about 2000 calories. Those two are my usual days, most days are like the first one but some weekends run like a deadline day if we are having a movie marathon.

Now an interesting thing that I saw was when I went to Dragoncon (scifi convention), I did no formal exercise but I did do a lot of walking between the hotels, lot of stop and going as we people watched, and a lot of standing in lines to hear or speak to various actors/authors. For the days at the convention, I burned around 3000 calories. I found this interesting what a difference having a standing versus sitting day made because I did not "feel" like I actually got in any real exercise but burned much more than days in which I did p90x.

For stats, I am a 35 year old woman, 5'4, 192 pounds, hypothyroid. Id be curious to see the results from someone of similar stats with normal thyroid/metabolism to see what the difference is. I would expect that under normal conditions, my results and Melissa's would have more of difference due to the difference in weight (age and height are fairly similar). I have read that with optimized treatment, those with hypothyroidism only burn 100 calories less a day than someone without thyroid issues (all other things being equal), but the keyword there is optimized, which is difficult to do.
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RE: Calories Burned Per P90X workout
1/21/11 9:33 AM as a reply to bionut.
Same here.. I average between 250 and 500 for the workouts, 500 being plyo workouts, and trust me, I bring it!! Im 4'11 and 130 lbs..
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