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Calories Burned in Two Hours on Elliptical


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So I've become a very avid elliptical user, since my knees won't let me run anymore, and put in two-hour sessions four or five times a week on the True Strider at the gym.  I'm female, 31, 6'0" tall, and 155-160 pounds.  The machine tells me, after I input my weight and age,  that in that time, at level 18 or 19, I burn 22-23 calories per minute, for a total burn of 2600-2700 calories.   My heart rate remains between 145-155 throughout the two hours.  This calorie burn seems incredibly high to me; any ideas on how (in)accurate it might be?
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i believe u burn somewhere between 800-1050 calories
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Depends on a lot of factors including but not limited to whether or not you hang on to the arm rests and how long you have been doing the ellipitical as a workout.  Considering how long you do it each time and the intensity, I would guess you hang on and your body is very used to it.  In this case, I would estimate maybe half or less of what the machine says. 

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I only use cross-training machines with moving arms, and I use the arms during workouts so I'm not passively hanging on or leaning on the arm rests. 

it's hard to calculate your calorie burn using your heart rate, bec i don't know your vo2max or your resting heart rate.  bec i exercise regularly, i have a low resting heart rate.  if i sustained 150 for 2 hrs, i'd prob burn around 1300 (i'm 28yrs old, 5'7, 144).  my resting heart rate's 48.

so if you're similarly fit, at your height, you're maybe burning 1700?  that's my estimate, anyway.  obviously, a heart rate monitor would give you a better idea.  but all these numbers are estimates, so it's not an exact science.

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Thanks for the replies so far.  Distance traveled during that time is between 25-27 miles.  Resting heart rate is 62. 

if your resting heart rate is 62, then you'd burn fewer calories at a rate of 150 than i would (takes less work for you to get to 150 than me).  but you really are quite tall, so i'd still put you at 1300 at least (650/hr). 

To get an accurate count you should invest in a heart rate monitor.  Descent ones will tell you calories burned as well as your heart rate.  Polar makes nice ones that run anywhere from $60 and up.  I use mine when I do spinning classes or other high intensity cardio type workouts and the most I've ever burned in an hour is about 637 calories.  My husband has burned over 900 though in a single one hour spinning class according to his HR monitor so depending on the intensity of your elliptical workout you could be burning around 1600+ in two hours. 

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That's amazing that you work out at level 18 or 19 and your heart rate stays around 145-155. I'm pretty experienced with the elliptical and my heart rate shoots past 180-185 when I set the intensity that high. How long have you been working out on the elliptical? You must have extremely good cardiovascular health. I'm not really sure what an accurate calorie burn would be for your situation. My heart rate is consistently between 165-185 when I'm on the elliptical, and the monitor shows about 700 cal/hour (I'm female, 5'9, and 190lb).  

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I've been using the elliptical for years, though not always at this intensity and duration, and was an athlete in college before that.  I was curious about the calorie burn because the estimates provided on the machine, this site and elsewhere online vary wildly--anywhere from 1300 to 2700 calories.  All of this may be a moot point given a bad ortho diagnosis I got yesterday, but I appreciate the replies. 
I've noticed the same thing about the True Strider machine.

I'm female, age 16, 5'9" and 135 pounds. I generally use the Strider for a 30-minute work out at high intensity and I burn between 600 and 650 calories (so it says!) That's an average of 100 calories per every 5 minutes. My heart rate remains between 145-155 as well.

I think that's a crazy amount of calories to burn. Does it seem accurate to you guys?
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Original Post by sbearman:

I've noticed the same thing about the True Strider machine.

I'm female, age 16, 5'9" and 135 pounds. I generally use the Strider for a 30-minute work out at high intensity and I burn between 600 and 650 calories (so it says!) That's an average of 100 calories per every 5 minutes. My heart rate remains between 145-155 as well.

I think that's a crazy amount of calories to burn. Does it seem accurate to you guys?

That's what's weird about the calorie meters on machines. Doesn't the amount of calories you burn during cardio depend on your heart rate throughout your exercise? I could be wrong, but I'd think you'd burn more calories at a heart rate of 170 than 150.      

I'm just curious why you think you need to be on an elliptical for a full two hours 5 times a week.. sounds like a little much???

my gym's elliptical on average would burn 500 an hour, it's quite difficult i think.

i would have to go on a steady fast pace at 10 for resistance.

 

JEEZ... You actually do 2 hours of cardio per day? I have to ask this.. Doesn't that get extremely boring and time consuming? The main goal of doing cardio, should be to maintain cardiovascular health. In order to do this, you only need to do 90-120 minutes per week. Anything over that is going more towards burning muscle. When you do as much steady state cardio as you're doing, your body adapts and turns to muscle for energy, not bodyfat. So while you may be burning a lot of calories and losing weight, it is muscle you are losing. That is what you don't want to happen.

Now in the end it is up to you, and if you want to spend that many hours a day doing cardio, keep doing it.  However, you would get much better results doing the following :

- Eating more of the right types of foods. Anytime you have a calorie defecit and do that much cardio, your body turns into starvation mode feeding off of muscle. I used to do cardio 45-60 minutes a session, 5 times a week and eat 2000 calories a day. My bodyfat never dropped. It wasn't until I cut back on the cardio, hit the weights harder, and started to eat more that I saw results. I have gotten great results eating 3000-3400 calories per day, of the right types of foods.

- Lifting with intensity 3-4 times a week. Do 45-60 minutes a session. Work two body parts and do three exercises per body part with 3 sets of 6-8 reps per exercise.

- Doing two steady state cardio sessions of 20-30 minutes after lifting, and two days of HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) for cardio. You mix fast intervals going as hard as you can (10-30 sec) with recovery slow intervals (40-60 sec) for 20 minutes. This speeds up your metabolism for the rest of the day, and it attacks bodyfat while sparing your muscle. Now personally, I think doing 1 hour and forty minutes of cardio per week is much better than doing 10 plus hours of cardio per week. However, that is just me..LOL

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