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How inaccurate are work out machines ?


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#1 Sleepy girl

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Posted 06 May 2021 - 10:41 AM

I was working out on the Eliptical hardcore for like 40 min and burned 400 calories, I look over at the people walking on treadmills and they’ve been walking for 10 minutes and burn 200. I even saw this girl had like 1000 calories and she was at really low intensity settings. Should I switch to treadmill or are the calories burned greatly overestimated?
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Posted 06 May 2021 - 10:50 AM

honestly i just pretend it doesnt say anything. the calories burned number may as well not exist. i dont trust it.


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Posted 07 May 2021 - 08:08 PM

Calorie counts on most cardio machines are wayy higher than they should be. Gyms like to inflate the amount because it makes people feel better about themselves.

Bike machines, surprisingly, are the most accurate. (treadmills come in second place) If you're worried about calorie counting accuracy I'd recommend that you (1) switch to a bike machine or (2) switch to treadmill and input your weight as 10-20 lbs lighter than it actually is (because the lower weight will counteract the inflated calorie counting) If you go with the treadmill, walking on an incline burns more calories than running (and it's easier on the joints so double win). If you want to look it up yourself, search 12-3-30 workout. But, if you get dizzy during workouts a lot (like I do), I highly recommend the bike machines.

(Also, some people don't bother to adjust their weight setting on the machine before they start so that's probably why their calorie counts are higher)
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Posted 07 May 2021 - 08:51 PM

ive' taught myself when working out with cardio machines to pay attention to how many miles or how long you've been working out, not the calories because you may be disappointed. 


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Posted 10 May 2021 - 01:46 PM

It really depends on the person and how fit they are… ie, two people who are the exact same weight, height, sex and age can burn drastically different amounts running at the same pace if one is fit and in shape and the other never exercises. So it might be more accurate for someone who doesn’t normally exercise, but if you’re used to doing intense cardio on a regular basis, you’ll burn a lot less!
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Posted 11 May 2021 - 08:34 AM

i’ve literally been wondering this for the longest time bc i will be DYING at a 45 minute spin class and burn like 400 cals top, but if i walk slightly briskly on a treadmill with low incline it will be like 600. i used to divide whatever it said in half but honestly even that seems way over exaggerated. like am i missing something and walking truly is THAT good exercise??

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Posted 11 May 2021 - 08:34 AM

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Posted 12 May 2021 - 05:49 AM

I have a stationary bike and it is VERY inaccurate. The amount of calories you burn during workouts completely depends on your weight and intensity. I truly think the companies that make these things bump up the calories burned so that we feel better about ourselves enough to leave them a good review. But anyways at lower weights you burn less calories so i use this calculator to get a good estimate of what im working with https://www.webmd.co...cise-calculator

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Posted 12 May 2021 - 12:26 PM

Most are very inaccurate and over-estimate to a point of being ridiculous. Fitness apps are not much better. Strava has my weight, gender, and age, and also over-estimates

 

That girl on the treadmill probably didn't enter her weight, so it was likely calculating for the default 80kg man settings, or maybe she didn't notice that the settings were in kg and she entered say, 120kg instead of 120lbs. That amount of calories is still a stretch even if she was walking on a drastic incline. An hour of walk for me at a pace of 5.5-6km /hr would barely burn 300 kcal. There's nothing magical about a treadmill that would make someone taking a light stroll burn the same amount of kcal/hr as a Tour de France cyclist sprinting up a hill.


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#10 savannah27

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Posted 12 May 2021 - 07:31 PM

soooo in accurate. i ran 6.5 miles on the treadmill today and my nordic track treadmill said almost 900 calories burned and my watch said 500 


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