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Article Title

TESTING THE ACCURACY OF THE CALORIE TRACKER ON ELLIPTICALS

Authors

M Seymour
S Burns

Abstract

Montana Seymour & Steve Burns

University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, Missouri

INTRODUCTION: People have used calories as a way to track energy cost of exercise for as long as it has been possible to track them. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the calorie trackers on a Nautilus elliptical trainer to see if it is accurate. METHODS: Twenty-four individuals (13 female, 11 male) completed a 30 minute workout (5 minute warm-up, 25 minute exercise) on the elliptical while connected to the ParvoMedics TrueOne Metabolic cart to measure oxygen consumption. RESULTS: Subjects’ mean age, height (cm), and weight (kg) were 19.5±1.8, 170.92±11.21, and 78.02±35.30 respectively. The mean calories burned measured on the elliptical was 262.875±60.6. The mean calories burned measured by the ParvoMedics TrueOne Metabolic cart was 232.25±67.2. There was a difference of 30.625 between the two. A paired t-test revealed that the means were significantly different. CONCLUSION: The data collected indicates that the calorie tracker on the Nautilus ellipticals are not an accurate form of calorie tracking for workouts.

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