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Hey Coach. I bought the Timex Ironman HRM and have some concerns about the accuracy of its calorie burn. For PAP Upper, it said I burned about 883 calories and for Yoga X, it says I burned 991. I mean, I really "brought it" during each workout and gave it my all but those numbers seem high. I am 6'0ft, 202lbs, and about 12% BF.
Matthew, did you set up the HRM for your weight? You can also reset the chest strap by taking off the battery cover and pushing the small brass terminals together. Check the manual for clearer directions.
Sorry, saw your post to Jeremy after the post. Will I lose the most weight possiable in the 160 - 170 zone because someone told me it was to high.
I have the same HRM as you what zone do you set yours to? I seem to be in zone 5 for Plyo so that is were I keep it.
I push as hard as I can on all workouts. I don't try to stay in any "zone". I peak in the low 180's and average in the 160's over the course of a plyo or Insanity workout.
Hey Coach - Can you expand a little bit on the concept of "the zone"? In several of the P90X workouts, Tony asks "are you in the zone??", yet there is no detail I can find in any of the P90X literature that clearly lays out which of the 4 zones I should be in or aiming for. I realize the zones are all based on age & fitness level, but which of the 4 zones is the exclusive "ZONE" Tony mentions so much? I've been wearing my HR monitor and its great info to have regarding calorie burn, but I'm clueless on whether or not I'm in "Tony's Zone." Thank you, Jeremy, Seattle
Hey Jeremy, the "zone" is different for everyone. It depends on your fitness level among other things. The key is to push yourself as hard as you can without collapsing lol. Once you've done the workout a few times, you'll get a good idea of how hard you can push your body for a sustained amount of time. When I'm doing cardio, I like to be over 170 during the moves. If, like Tony says when he checks his own HR and says he's digging it -- if I see 160 or less, I know I'm dogging it and not pushing myself as hard as I can. If I'm at 180, I know I can't last and it will be counter-productive cuz I can't maintain that.
It's fine without gel. I've never used gel. It has to be moist, so since I'm not already sweating at the beginning of my workout I simply lick my finger and rub it on the chest strap to moisten the contact point.
Hey James, I haven't used it. It is good for monitoring total daily burn (for wearing all day long) -- more accurate in that application than a typical HRM. Reviews of it for that look good, but for working out I prefer a chest strap HRM designed just for working out.
Hey Coach Wayne I've been looking into getting an Ironman Road Trainer, but I've read a lot of reviews saying they are unreliable or inaccurate. Just wondering if you've had any issues with yours? Right now they have the Ironman Road Trainer T5K212 for about $65.oo on Amazon. Not sure if this is the same one you have, but it does have a chest strap and sounds pretty good. Thanks Coach.
Coach Wayne, I am on day 3 of P90X, and I am looking for the best/most accurate heart rate monitor for the money. My major concern is one that gives accurate calorie burn info. Thanks
Hey Casey, get one with a chest strap. They are much more accurate. The timex Ironman road trainer is the one I have (it was roughly $100 at a local sporting goods store). I like it a lot.
Hi Coach, Which one do you use/recommend? I bought a strapless one on Amazon and it works for about 10 minutes and then stops. As soon as I build up a little sweat, I can't get a reading. I really want a good one that will last throughout my workout and give me a good HR and Cal Count reading. Thanks, John
Hey John, I've had very good luck with mine. It's a timex Ironman with a chest strap. The chest strap doesn't really bother you, and it's much more reliable. I paid about $100 at a local sporting goods store.
Can you wear this all day and it still track your calorie burn? Or is it only good if you are working out hard?