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Recently, I’ve been tracking my diet and exercise with the MyFitnessPal app (HaloFive00 if anyone wants to be my pal!), and every time I have to enter a pole class in the exercise portion, I’m stumped. Is it closest to Yoga? Pilates? Dance? Calisthenics? How do I choose which exercise fits best, and therefore, get an accurate count on calories burned? The same is true for lyra – and even my stretching class, because let’s face it, I am a sweaty mess afterward, so I know I’m working SOMETHING off.

I did some research over the last few days, looking up and comparing a few different exercise trackers, like the Fitbit and the Nike+ Fuelband. I was set to buy the Fitbit, because I liked that it has a function that will track your sleeping habits (i.e. how many times you wake up through the night), and it syncs with MyFitnessPal – it also has MUCH higher reviews on Amazon than the Nike+ Fuelband (a helpful comparison can be found here). But, after digging a little more, I realized that both units have the same issue – they don’t read movement other than walking/running/stepping very well. There were complaints on both sides about the inaccuracies of the reads, although Fitbit allows you to input your own data on their site.

As a result, I did research on heart rate monitors, thinking that might be the best way to gauge what I am doing in classes. I found one on Amazon with a stellar rating and read the reviews – more than a few mentioned that the users wore the monitor in a variety of classes (spin, Zumba), and that it did well in those environments. So, I opted to purchase it! If you’re interested, the model is the Polar Ft40F Women’s Heart Rate Monitor Watch (in white). I will keep you posted on what my totals are once I receive it and get it set up!

Off to pole later today, but had two great lyra classes this weekend. Friday’s was more intense (only 2 students in the class, so ton of time on the hoop and new tricks learned) – Sunday’s was fun, and I learned a Russian Roll, which I found really fun, although tricky with my wrists. One poor girl in my class ended up being terrified by it – I felt so bad for her. It’s an odd trick, that’s for sure. But, I did pretty well with it, and I’m looking forward to getting used to it/improving it! Sadly, I did not get any video of it, nor many photos of my new tricks, but I do have a couple to share:

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About Danielle C

Actress, writer, consumer of too much sugar, cat mom, dog auntie, pole enthusiast, amateur foodie, local explorer. Often mouthy, occasionally political.

Posted on September 17, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. LOVE your lyra photos!!! You look so pretty 🙂

  2. Using the Lose It! app, I came up with 326 to 386 calories for a 90-minute class, by doing a breakdown of 35 minutes warm-up (yoga, mat pilates, stretching, abs, etc.), 45 minutes alternating pole work (mapped that in using some gymnastics and cardio barre type things that the app had listed, keeping in mind that sharing a pole means rest or spotting half that time), then ten minutes of freestyle dance, which really is only five for you then five while you watch the other group go up and cheer ’em on. 🙂 Anyway, I was pretty pleased with that estimate, so I’ll be thrilled to learn what you actually map out! I could definitely find estimates online, but they went from 200 calories an hour to 800+ which is insane. I figure the 350 per 90 minutes makes sense, but who knows! I have a heart rate monitor too. I should try it out. Love your posts, girl! Happy vaycay! XO

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