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Total Gym Calories Burned


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Does anyone know how to figure out how many calories are burned doing the Total Gym 1700. I do this for 10-15 minutes a day but it really is like a cardio work out combined with a strength training one. It's a lot of fun! I love it. I also walk at least 4 times a week for 30-70 minutes.

Thanks!
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Have you thought about investing in a heart rate monitor?   I bought a Polar a while ago on a whim and on the advice of a cousin - but before I was really motivated.  I'm using it now though!  It is better than the calorie counter on my treadmill - and if I decide to go for a brisk walk around the neighborhood when it is cold out, I don't have to take off a glove and feel for my pulse to see if I'm in the "fat burning" range.   This morning I treadmilled, and this evening I did a cardio DVD... if I didn't have the Polar on, I probably would have worked TOO hard at the cardio and given up 10 minutes in.

Mine also tracks the calories I've burned through exercise on a daily and weekly basis, and tells me what percentage of those calories were "fat".

I seriously wouldn't exercise without one.  I'm even taking it on some trips in the next couple of months... I might not have access to a gym, but I can still walk!

oh that sounds really great. I haven't heard of those before. wow, nifty.

are they very expensive?

It is a bit of a splurge, I'll admit.... I seem to remember mine was a bit middle of the road in terms of all the models, but had some useful bells and whistles. 

I got mine on Amazon (NOT from another seller on there, but Amazon.com itself).  I know there are other brands, but I was told by family members (who are runners; one used to do triathalons!) that Polar was the most reputable brand.

There is a good description and some good, detailed reviews there too... this is my model:

http://www.amazon.com/Polar-Heart-Monitor-Wat ch-Pepper/dp/B0009HN5Y2/ref=sr_1_19?ie=UTF8&a mp;s=sporting-goods&qid=1204659813&sr =1-19

I would use weight lifting light effort for your cal calculations as its primarily a strenght workout.  I have a total gym and dont really much care for it.  Its too big bulky and hard to adjust to a different exercise - my hubby bought it but I'll stick with my weight lifting class instead.
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