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how many calories do u burn at the gym?


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i go to the gym on average 5 times a week, and burn about 850-900 calories each time. i'v been going for 3 months, but still don't see a big difference. i do 30 mins of weights each time i go, plus all the cardio, and still i see close to nothing. Its not that i'm overweight... i just really need to tone up. any ideas? how many calories do you guys normally burn when at the gym?

thanx :)

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Are you eating enough to fuel your workouts?

I burn about 300 or so according to the elliptical (which I know can be inaccurate, but it matches pretty closely to what CC estimates).

I don't know how much I burn lifting weights, but since I'm lifting heavy, my understanding is that I keep burning more after my workout, so the calories burned at the gym (or in my case, my basement) aren't really the important part.

Where are you getting the calorie burn estimates from?  900 calories per gym visit sounds like a lot unless you're there for a couple of hours.

I just started going back to the gym...I usually burn around 400-500 on the eliptical for 35-45 mins.

Is there anyone else besides me that could care less about calorie burn?

I think one reason that people focus so much on calories is because they don't have their eating habits in check. I have discovered that by cleaning up my eating habits and eating a strict six days a week, I don't have to focus on calories at all. I take in between 3000-3500 calories per day of good clean food and exercise less (3-4 days a week as opposed to 6 like I used to), but I am seeing way better results than I ever did when I was trying to burn calories. Now instead of spending hours and hours trying to burn calories, I spend 3-4 hours a week working out with more intensity and working out more efficiently with heavy compound lifts and HIIT.

I think if people would learn how to workout more efficiently and clean up their eating habits, that they wouldn't have to worry about calories, aside from maintaining a slight deficit to try and lose fat.

Original Post by vyperman7:

Is there anyone else besides me that could care less about calorie burn?

I think one reason that people focus so much on calories is because they don't have their eating habits in check. I have discovered that by cleaning up my eating habits and eating a strict six days a week, I don't have to focus on calories at all. I take in between 3000-3500 calories per day of good clean food and exercise less (3-4 days a week as opposed to 6 like I used to), but I am seeing way better results than I ever did when I was trying to burn calories. Now instead of spending hours and hours trying to burn calories, I spend 3-4 hours a week working out with more intensity and working out more efficiently with heavy compound lifts and HIIT.

I think if people would learn how to workout more efficiently and clean up their eating habits, that they wouldn't have to worry about calories, aside from maintaining a slight deficit to try and lose fat.

wow! you consume >3K a day? You must be a big fella!

 

I think Melbee eats just about what she/he burns or eats more than she/he burns. Explains why no change at all

Original Post by susiecue:

Where are you getting the calorie burn estimates from?  900 calories per gym visit sounds like a lot unless you're there for a couple of hours.

I totally agree.  I did 60 minutes mixed HIIT at the gym yesterday.  5 machines for 12 minutes each, with no break between them, doing one minute bust-a-gut-I-want-to-be-sick-hard, and one minute moderate, i.e.

C2 rower: 60 secs maximum power - 60 secs moderate x6
Elliptical: 60 secs maximum power - 60 secs moderate x6 (with increasing resistance)
Upright bike: 60 secs maximum power - 60 secs moderate x6 (with increasing resistance)
Treadmill: 60 secs maximum power - 60 secs moderate x6 (with increasing speed)
Recumbent bike: 60 secs maximum power - 60 secs moderate x6 (with increasing resistance)

That is a HARD session and comes to about 500 calories.

thats so weird... i'm just reading off the 'calories burned' meter on the machines...

elliptical and the treadmill... comes out to 800 calories burned. 

erm?

...and thats for an hours workout

Original Post by melbee19:

i go to the gym on average 5 times a week, and burn about 850-900 calories each time. i'v been going for 3 months, but still don't see a big difference. i do 30 mins of weights each time i go, plus all the cardio, and still i see close to nothing. Its not that i'm overweight... i just really need to tone up. any ideas? how many calories do you guys normally burn when at the gym?

thanx :)

Two questions.

1) What is your diet like?

- Are you only focusing on calorie intake, or are you eating strict and clean as well?  The reason I ask is because the TYPE of food you eat is just as important as your caloric intake. You have to make sure that you are eating good clean food. Lean protein, complex carbs, healthy fats, and plenty of fruits and vegetables. No added sugars, trans fats, etc..

2) How many calories per day are you eating and what is your maintenance?

If you aren't eating enough, that could also be effecting your progress. I know it sounds funny hearing "you need to eat more" when you are trying to lose weight. However, you need to make sure that you are eating enough to help with recovery and keep your metabolism elevated. Exercising too much and not eating enough is the fastest way to stall progress. To lose fat at a healthy rate, it is recommended that you have no more than a 700 calorie deficit under maintenance. You also have to account for what you burn. Let's say you are taking in 1500 calories for the day and that includes your deficit. If you are burning 900 calories, you need to take in 2400 for the day. Otherwise, you are actually only getting 600 calories. A lot of people forget to account for what they burn on exercise days and really end up under-eating.

Original Post by melbee19:

thats so weird... i'm just reading off the 'calories burned' meter on the machines...

elliptical and the treadmill... comes out to 800 calories burned. 

erm?

 So you can run a 4 minute mile then???

Original Post by amethystgirl:

I don't know how much I burn lifting weights, but since I'm lifting heavy, my understanding is that I keep burning more after my workout, so the calories burned at the gym (or in my case, my basement) aren't really the important part.

Original Post by vyperman7:

Is there anyone else besides me that could care less about calorie burn?

Should I use my powers of invisibility for good or for evil?

The key difference could be body weight itself?  Of course a 200lb person running 10k will burn many more calories than a 140lb person.

Original Post by melbee19:

thats so weird... i'm just reading off the 'calories burned' meter on the machines...

elliptical and the treadmill... comes out to 800 calories burned. 

erm?

y'all understand that's just an estimate, right?  the machines don't know how hard you're working. 

Original Post by melbee19:

thats so weird... i'm just reading off the 'calories burned' meter on the machines...

elliptical and the treadmill... comes out to 800 calories burned. 

erm?

 That's because it's the automatic reading the machine gives for an 'average' burn. I don't use the gym machines for calories burnt, I use calorie counts calculator once I get back. I input the time I ran and the average speed (9 min/mile). The gym machine always tells me I've burnt around 300 more than I actually have.

Your height, weight, age and gender will affect how much you burn for the type of exercise you do. I am light and short (5'4, 99lbs) so for a half hour run only burn 220 cals. It's not a lot compared to some people, but it's because I'm so small already.

So normally I'll burn around 130 calories in a weight class, or between 200 - 300 calories on a run.

Original Post by amethystgirl:

Original Post by amethystgirl:

I don't know how much I burn lifting weights, but since I'm lifting heavy, my understanding is that I keep burning more after my workout, so the calories burned at the gym (or in my case, my basement) aren't really the important part.

Original Post by vyperman7:

Is there anyone else besides me that could care less about calorie burn?

Should I use my powers of invisibility for good or for evil?

 lol

 

I've been working with a personal trainer who recommended a Heart Rate Monitor watch (I got a Timex from Amazon).  It's great and seems to be much more accurate than what the machines say or what the Activity Log on here says. 

Original Post by melbee19:

i go to the gym on average 5 times a week, and burn about 850-900 calories each time. i'v been going for 3 months, but still don't see a big difference. i do 30 mins of weights each time i go, plus all the cardio, and still i see close to nothing. Its not that i'm overweight... i just really need to tone up. any ideas? how many calories do you guys normally burn when at the gym?

thanx :)

I could be wrong, but although the OP mentioned calories she did say,  "Its not that i'm overweight... i just really need to tone up."   That indicates it's not so much a weight issue as it is in muscle building, body sculpting or whatever you want to call it.   I would suggest that you do less cardio, do HIIT for cardio instead, and review your weightlifing program and if you haven't done so already, switch to free weight, compound exercises, with challenging weights, ie. no pink dumbells...lol.  After three months of a good program and without any weight to lose, you should see awesome results by now, so the problem is the stuff you are doing, and perhaps your diet as well.

 

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The calories count of 850-900 is totally wrong because Heavy workout almost looses 500-600 calories in 1 hour. I do cardio and weights. It takes me around 2-2.5 hours. Almost 2000-2500 calories are burnt with this workout.I suggest you to increase your workout time and see what happens. Drink atleast 2-3 litres of water daily. Do not eat outside tin foods. Take breakfast,Lunch ,Dinner on time.
You will see the difference. Best of Luck!!

 

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