Please ignore my chipped nail. (You know, the one I just drew more attention to.)
I’d wanted to try it out a few times before I gave my thoughts on it. I got it as an Easter present, but I was going to buy one anyway. Yes, social media influence works. I’d seen a gazillion pictures of calorie counts, and I was really curious, too, how much my non-running workouts were burning. My Garmin tells me approximately how much my runs burn, and I’m fine with that probably somewhat inexact number.
But I was dying to know how much my Uplift classes were burning and also really curious how much yoga classes burn, and I was also interested in knowing my maximum heart rate.
There’s a standard formula (220 – your age.) According to that formula, my maximum heart rate should be 190. I wanted to really test it, thought, and test my own ticker. I found a maximum heart rate test on Runner’s World: warm-up, 1 mile tempo, 400 meters all out. I went to my high school track on Sunday and busted it out. It was weird and nice to look at heart rate, not pace. I guess my heart is average, because my exact maximum heart rate was 190. Cool, I worked up a sweat for nothing.
I was interested to see how many calories I burned in classes and where my heart rate was.
When I tried Barry’s the other day, I burned 501 calories! My heart rate got up to about 170-175 during the treadmill sprints and was around maybe 120-130 for the lifting.
I know yoga doesn’t burn a gazillion calories – and that’s fine, because that’s not why I do it (yoga=cheap therapy) – but I was curious to see how many calories I would burn, so I gave it a spin when I took Tara Stiles’ class at Strala. (My original Strala review.) I’m still figuring the damn thing out, so it was beeping at me constantly to tell me my heart rate wasn’t in the fat-burning zone, which, you know, was awesome for achieving zen. My heart rate stayed between 60 – 90ish the whole time and it said I burned about 125 calories. I’m going to try it at my favorite yoga class, too, to see how many calories I burn.
Speaking of burning, I’m probably going to burn that shirt after I finish writing this.
Finally, I tried it out at Uplift yesterday for a cardio class. For the 55-minute class, I burned 444 calories and noticed my heart rate up around 170-180 during the cardio intervals. Yesterday’s class was with the adorable Kat and had TONS of jumping and an awesome playlist. While a great instructor is obviously really important, I feel like the playlist is what really makes the class. Songs I can lip-sync to > songs I don’t know. Wait, you don’t lip-sync while you work out? No, me neither.
(I’m getting free classes in exchange for blogging about them, but you can get a 10% discount on any 8:30, 10:30, 12:30 or 5:30 weekday class or any Sunday class with the code losingweightinthecity.) Or! You can use the code UpliftKE for any of Kat’s classes for a free class, if you’re new to Uplift.
Do you use a heart rate monitor? Do you use it specifically? (As in, not out of curiosity like me? I will probably start using it more specifically once I start tri training soon.)