A higher heart rate means a higher calorie burn.
The average calorie burn for a P90X workout can be in excess of 600 calories, according to a study commissioned by the American Council on Exercise. But an average figure doesn't tell you how many calories you will burn. Your personal calorie burn will vary based on factors like your weight and the intensity of your workout. A heart rate monitor will give you a personalized estimate of your calorie burn based on how hard your heart works. The "P90X Fitness Guide" recommends using a heart rate monitor because it not only estimates your calories, but it serves as a good gauge of your efforts.1.
Customize the settings of your heart rate monitor. A heart rate monitor will typically ask you to input your age, gender and weight. It will use this info to estimate your calorie burn more accurately. Supply all the personal information that your heart rate monitor asks for.2.
Put the heart rate monitor chest strap on according to the manufacturer's instructions. In general you will place the strap around your chest, just below your pectoral muscles with the sensors on the front of your chest. Depending on the model of your heart rate monitor you may have to wet the sensors.3.
Start your heart rate monitor after the warm-up and stretch, as you begin the actual P90X workout.4.
Stop the heart rate monitor at the end of your workout before the cool down. Take a note of how many calories you burned in your workout.
- Heart rate monitor
- Always consult a doctor before starting an exercise program.
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