The heart-rate monitor, get one!

By August 16, 2010 - 7:22am

Case in point: Today, August 2, 2010 my client, Selim, burned 1035 calories during our 1 hour session. His peak heart rate was at 166bpm and his average heart rate was 138bpm. He is 32 years old, which means at the peak of his workout he was training at approximately 88% of his maximum heart rate and on average he was at approximately 73% of his maximum heart rate.

It's important to note that if you are solely looking to burn fat you must keep your heart rate at 65-85% (varies slightly depending on the shape you are in) of your max for minimum 45 min each time so you are keeping below your anaerobic threshold. Once your heart rate goes above this percentage your body begins burning glycogen in your blood for energy and less fat. It also starts building muscle for added energy.
I can't stress enough, I encourage you all to go out and purchase a heart rate monitor today. As for my clients, I will track your progress during our sessions right here on my site.

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By October 15, 2010 - 12:23pm

Hi May in OZ,
The Harris Benedict Equation doesn't take into account the calories burned by existing large amounts of muscle mass...the equation is more effective for those close to their ideal weight or those at ideal weight. If you want to lose weight, you need to decrease the amount of intake calories to lower than the amount found in doing the equation. As Noelle states, you shouldn't go below 1200 calories to avoid starvation mode.
Here is a link explaining the equation:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harris-Benedict_equation
By knowing your resting heart rate, and exercising heart rate depending of type of exercise, you can figure out where you need to be to burn calories. Hope that makes sense, the formulas are included in the wiki page.
Let us know how else we can help, and good luck with your weight loss.

October 15, 2010 - 12:23pm

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By October 15, 2010 - 2:57am

How does knowing your exercising heart rate tell you how many calories you've burned please?
I have a nice chest strap/watch combination heart rate monitor but am not aware it can do anything but tell me my length of time exercising along with my lowest, highest and average heart rate during the session.
Many thanks
May in Oz

October 15, 2010 - 2:57am

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