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Old 02-14-2003, 08:57 AM   #1
rachmass
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Question anyone know?

Hello out there in aikidowebland,

Does anyone know approximate calories burned for an hour of aikido? Per 100 pound, 150 pound, 200 pound, etc? (just trying to do an accurate calorie burn chart for a weight loss program).

best,

Rachel
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Old 02-14-2003, 09:12 AM   #2
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Re: anyone know?

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Rachel Massey (rachmass) wrote:
Hello out there in aikidowebland,

Does anyone know approximate calories burned for an hour of aikido? Per 100 pound, 150 pound, 200 pound, etc? (just trying to do an accurate calorie burn chart for a weight loss program).

Rachel
Not off the top of my head, but if you send me your height, weight and age I should be able to work it out.

(yeah I know. Sounds like the worst ever pickup line you've heard ;-)

As a rough guess, moderate exercise burns around 200 calories / 30 mins
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Old 02-14-2003, 09:39 AM   #3
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Re: anyone know?

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Rachel Massey (rachmass) wrote:
Hello out there in aikidowebland,

Does anyone know approximate calories burned for an hour of aikido? Per 100 pound, 150 pound, 200 pound, etc? (just trying to do an accurate calorie burn chart for a weight loss program).

best,

Rachel
Hi Rachael,

You may want to consider getting a heart rate monitor. The problem with aikido is that there is a lot of start-stop activity, and depending on how long-winded your sensei is, or how many techniques practiced during one class will really be the factor on your caloric burn.

Uh, so I may be giving a little too much information, but the start-stop factor is qite related to something called EPOC (excess post-exercise oxygen consumption). When you are training, your heart-rate will go up (hopefully) and your body will sometimes require more O2, and need to blow off more CO2 (and a little lactic acid). So the higher you go, the longer it takes to recover. That's that feeling of being out of breath and such, and that is related to your EPOC. One of the things about EPOC is that if you rest too long then that EPOC level goes all the way down and you have to start over, but if you are still recovering a little and you have to get up for that next technique, then your EPOC builds and you burn more calories.

Okay, so this doesn't mean your HR should be 200BPM all the time 'cause that'd really tear you up. There are quite a few people who talk about the Target Heart Rate (what is optimum for endurance, what is optimum for burning fat etc.) and again it might be TMI, but you might be interested in finding yours.

Hope this helps.

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Old 02-14-2003, 09:46 AM   #4
rachmass
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Hi Jane, Hi Bob,

Jane, I do have a heart rate monitor, but I've never worn it during aikido. I know exactly where I am when I am on the elliptical, when I am running, walking, lifting weights, all the other activities that I do regularly, the only one I question is aikido. The way my body feels most of the time is a more gentle walk! At seminars, I feel like I am sprinting (irimi nage or kokyu nage in particular), but then stopping again. Your information about EPOC is something I've never heard of before, thank you for that info. Lets say you have a resting heart rate of 55, and when you run it is up to 170, walking 140, lifting, 100, elliptical 150, aikido feels like maybe 120. How do you factor this in?

Thanks again, and Bob, I sent you an email reply.

Rachel
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Old 02-14-2003, 09:54 AM   #5
rachmass
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Some websites that discuss the information Jane shared:

http://www.thefactsaboutfitness.com/...moremuscle.htm

http://shelob.bioanth.cam.ac.uk/icpa2002/28.htm

http://www.drlenkravitz.com/Articles/epoc.html

now I've got to get back to work!
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